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After years of hard work, sacrifice, and achievement, the most important day of law school awaits our students: Graduation Day.

Presented here is the key information that students need to know about graduation at South Texas College of Law Houston.


The Doctor of Jurisprudence degree (JD) will be conferred upon students who have successfully completed all graduation requirements of South Texas College of Law Houston. There is one ceremony for all three (3) graduating classes each academic year:

December – fall semester
May – spring semester
July – summer session


Location: South Texas College of Law Houston – Joe Green Auditorium
Date: February 27, 2021
Sign up here before 9:00 a.m. on January 15, 2021, to attend this event.


If you wish to be excused from the commencement ceremony, you must complete and submit an Absentia form to the Registrar’s Office.

Location: George R. Brown Convention Center – General Assembly
Date: May 29, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. (tentative)



Coming soon.




Graduation Application via Stanley

December 2020 Graduation: The deadline to apply for December 2020 graduation has passed.

May 2021 and July 2021 Graduation: The deadline to apply for May 2021 and July 2021 graduation has passed.

Please contact the Registrar’s Office at with questions.

Caps and Gowns, Invitations, and Rings

2021 February Hooding Ceremony: The deadline to submit your cap and gown measurements is January 14, 2021. For questions, contact the Bookstore at

2021 Ceremony: Information coming soon.

Grad Fair for the 2021 Commencement

Date: TBD

Times & Location: TBD

Graduate Details and Instructions

Graduating students receive e-mails from the Registrar’s Office containing detailed instructions and information about commencement. These e-mails include all documents related to graduation. Please contact the Registrar’s Office at or (713) 646-1701 with any questions.

Guest Hooders

A special part of the commencement ceremony is the hooding of new graduates by alumni relatives instead of faculty hoodmasters. Among our guest hooders are parents, spouses, siblings, grandparents, significant others, aunts, uncles, and cousins of the graduates. Guest hooders are required to be graduates of STCL Houston.

For more information about guest hooding for the 2021 commencement ceremony, contact Ernesto Martinez at or 713-646-1804.

Graduation Photographs

All graduates will be professionally photographed by Marc Nathan Photographers, Inc. If the graduate will be hooded by a close friend or family member, we encourage them to have their portrait taken together as well as alone. You also may visit on the Monday following commencement to view all the images from the ceremony.

If you have any questions, please contact or call (281) 549-2367 ext 2.


Graduates must complete all obligations before their diplomas are mailed. This includes applying for graduation via Stanley, completing the Financial Aid Exit Interview and Group Counseling Session, completing the Graduate Employment Survey, and having a zero balance. Diplomas will be mailed to the address provided when you apply for graduation.

If, once you have applied, you wish to change the address to which your diploma is sent, you may do so by submitting a Change of Name and Address. Address changes made via Stanley do not change your diploma mailing address. If you have changed your address online, you must also submit a change of Name and Address form with the box next to “Diploma Address” checked.

Graduates may order a replacement diploma by completing the Diploma Reorder Form and sending it to the Registrar’s Office with their $50 payment. Online payment can be made here.