Information for Graduating Students
After three 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 requirements of South Texas College of Law Houston for graduation. There is one ceremony in May for all three (3) graduating classes each academic year:
December – fall semester
May – spring semester
July – summer semester
May 2019 commencement ceremony information is as follows:
THE MAY 2019 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
George R. Brown Convention Center – General Assembly Hall
1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX 77010
Beverages and balloons are not allowed inside the General Assembly Hall
Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 11:00 a.m
Student Robing Room: 332C
Reception Immediately Following Ceremony
Directions and parking information for the George R. Brown Convention Center can be found at: http://www.grbhouston.com/attendees/parking-maps-and-directions/
George R. Brown Convention Center
You can view the George R. Brown Convention Center floor plans for all ADA entrances at: http://www.grbhouston.com/planners/floor-plans/
Hilton Americas Houston
1600 Lamar St. Houston, TX 77010
May Rates: $149 for regular rooms and $164 – $199 for deluxe rooms
Available Dates: All reservations must be made no later than May 3, 2019
(Local Reservations) 713-739-8000
(Toll Free Reservations) 1-800-236-2905
Refer to group code 1SC
For online reservations click here.
1070 Dallas Street, Houston, TX 77002
May Rates: $179 for regular rooms and $259 for deluxe rooms
(Local Reservations) 713-242-8555
(Toll Free Reservations) 1-844-204-5851
Ask for South Texas College of Law Houston rate code NEGSTCL
For online reservations, click here. Enter corporate rate code NEGSTCL
Four Seasons Hotel
1300 Lamar Houston, TX 77010
May Rates: $155
(Local Reservations) 713-650-1300
(Toll Free Reservations) 1-800-734-4114
Callers will need to identify themselves as being part of the “South Texas College of Law Houston 2019 Commencement” party and specify the room type of their choice.
For online reservations, click here. Enter promo code: CI0519SO
Four Seasons Hotel Houston reservations are based on availability and subject to a 7 day cancellation policy.
The following hotels are also near the ceremony and reception location:
Embassy Suites by Hilton Houston Downtown
1515 Dallas St. Houston, TX 77010
(Local Reservations) 713-739-9100
(Toll Free Reservations) 1-800-445-8667
The Hyatt Regency Hotel
1200 Louisiana Houston, TX 77002
(Local Reservations) 713-654-1234
(Toll Free Reservations) 800-233-1234
Hampton Inn Houston Downtown
710 Crawford St. Houston, TX 77002
(Local Reservations) 713-224-0011
(Toll Free Reservations) 1-800-445-8667
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Downtown
1810 Bell Street Houston, TX 77003
(Local Reservations) 713-652-9400
(Toll Free Reservations) 1-800-315-2621
Marriott Courtyard Houston Downtown
916 Dallas St. Houston, TX 77002
(Local Reservations) 832-366-1600
Marriott Residence Inn Houston Downtown
904 Dallas St. Houston, TX 77002
(Local Reservations) 832-366-1000
INFORMATION for GRADUATING STUDENTS
December Graduation: The deadline to apply for December 2018 graduation has passed.
May and July Graduation: The deadline to apply for May 2019 and July 2019 graduation has passed.
Please contact the Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Caps and Gowns, Invitations, and Rings
Representatives from Herff Jones are on campus for two days each March and October to measure graduating students for their caps and gowns and take their orders for graduation invitations and class rings. Students may also get measured for their caps and gowns in the campus bookstore during a subsequent week in March and October. For more information on invitations and rings, students can visit Herff Jones.
GRAD FAIR for the May 2019 Commencement:
March 25-26, 2019
Times & Location: 10: 00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – 1st Floor Atrium
Students who are unable to attend the Grad Fair may submit their measurements by email at email@example.com, by phone at (713) 646-1756, online at Herff Jones, or be fitted for caps and gowns in the campus bookstore during regular business hours between March 25, 2019 and April 5, 2019. All caps and gowns must be ordered by the deadline at 1:00 p.m. on April 5, 2019.
Caps and gowns will be delivered to the bookstore about two weeks before graduation. The bookstore will notify students when they have arrived. For more information about caps and gowns, invitations, and rings, contact the bookstore at 713-646-1756 or visit Herff Jones online.
Graduate Details and Instructions
Each semester, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (713) 646-1701 with any questions.
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 gradates. Guest hooders are required to be graduates of STCL Houston. If you will have a guest hooder, you must complete the online Guest Hooder form by April 29, 2019. For more information about guest hooding, contact Megan Graf, Director of Alumni Relations, at email@example.com or 713-646-2968.
All graduates will be professionally photographed by Marc Nathan Photographers, Inc. as they shake hands with the Dean on stage. As each graduate walks off the stage, an individual portrait will also be taken. 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. Those images will be sent to each graduate’s email and physical address as provided to the photographer in the robing room prior to the ceremony. You also may visit www.gradphotonetwork.com on the Monday following commencement to view all the images from the ceremony.
Marc Nathan Photographers, Inc. will also be available for professional family portraits in two different locations at the reception following the ceremony. You may have as many people in the photo as you wish. Just look for the studio lights and umbrella to locate the photographers. These images will also be available online. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (281) 549-2367 ext 2.
A DVD is made after each ceremony and graduates may pick up a copy in the Office of the Registrar. Graduates who wish to have a copy mailed to them can submit their request at email@example.com or by calling 713-646-1701.
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 mailing it to the Registrar’s office with their $50 payment.