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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


Date: May 17, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.


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
1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX 77010
Date: October 17, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

Reception is immediately after the ceremony.

Directions and parking information for the George R. Brown Convention Center can be found at:

ADA Accessibility

You can view the George R. Brown Convention Center floor plans for all ADA entrances at:



Hotels and Rates: TBD



Graduation Application via Stanley

December Graduation: The deadline to apply for December 2019 graduation has passed.

May and July Graduation: The deadline to apply for May 2020 and July 2020 graduation has passed.

Please contact the Registrar’s Office at with questions.

Caps and Gowns, Invitations, and Rings

For information on invitations and rings, students can visit Herff Jones.

Grad Fair for the 2020 Commencement

Date: TBD

Times & Location: TBD

Reach out to the bookstore if you did not order your cap and gown. Caps and gowns will be delivered to the bookstore about two weeks before graduation. The bookstore will notify students when they have arrived.

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, contact Ernesto Martinez at or 713-646-1804.

Graduation Photographs

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 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 or call (281) 549-2367 ext 2.

Graduation DVDs

A DVD is made after each ceremony and graduates may pick up a copy in the Registrar’s Office. Graduates who wish to have a copy mailed to them can submit their request at 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 sending it to the Registrar’s Office with their $50 payment. Online payment can be made here.