Graduation

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.

 

2017-2018 commencement ceremony information is as follows:

THE DECEMBER 2017 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

Hilton Americas Houston – Ballroom of the Americas
1600 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77010

Beverages and balloons are not allowed inside the General Assembly Hall

Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m Student Robing Room: 335AB

Reception Immediately Following Ceremony

Hilton Americas – Ballroom of the Americas Pre-function Area

Directions and parking information for the Hilton Americas can be found at: http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/texas/hilton-americas-houston-HOUCVHH/maps-directions/index.html

 

ADA Accessibility

Hilton Americas

All lower level lobbies (A-E) are accessible and elevators are available in all lobbies for access to levels two and three. Access to the Hilton Hotel is available via the sky bridges on levels two and three.

George R. Brown Convention Center

You can view the George R. Brown Convention Center floor plans for all ADA entrances at: http://www.houstonconventionctr.com/Home/FloorPlans.aspx.

Hotel Information

Hilton Americas Houston
1600 Lamar St. Houston, TX 77010

December Rates: TBA
To make Hilton Americas reservations online, please click here
(Local Reservations) 713-739-8000
(Toll Free Reservations) 1-800-236-2905
Refer to group code 1SO

Embassy Suites by Hilton Houston Downtown
1515 Dallas St. Houston, TX 77010

December Rates: TBD
To make Embassy Suites reservations online, please click here
(Local Reservations) 713-739-9100
(Toll Free Reservations) 1-800-EMBASSY
Request the South Texas College of Law Houston group rate

Hampton Inn Houston Downtown
710 Crawford St. Houston, TX 77002

December Rates: TBA
To make Embassy Suites reservations online, please click here
(Local Reservations) 713-224-0011
(Toll Free Reservations) 1-800-445-8667
Refer to group code STC

The Hyatt Regency Hotel
1200 Louisiana Houston, TX 77002

December Rates: TBA
Only for May 15, 2017 $149.00
May 14, 2017 and May 15, 2017 $127.oo/night
To make Hyatt reservations online, please click here
(Local Reservations) 713-654-1234
(Toll Free Reservations) 800-233-1234

The following hotels are also near the ceremony and reception location:

Four Seasons Hotel
1300 Lamar Houston, TX 77010
(Local Reservations) 713-650-1300
(Toll Free Reservations) 1-800-734-4114

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

Graduation Application

December Graduation:

The deadline to apply for December 2017 graduation has passed.  Please contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@stcl.edu with questions.

The application for May 2018 and July 2018 graduation will open on October 17, 2018 and close on December 12, 2018.  Eligible students will receive instructions via email for the online application.

 

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 December 2017 Commencement:

October 11-12, 2017
11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
1st Floor Atrium

Students who are unable to attend the Grad Fair may be fitted for caps and gowns in the campus bookstore during regular business hours October 13, 2017 through November 13, 2017.

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 an e-mail from the Registrar’s office containing detailed information about commencement. This e-mail includes all documents related to graduation. Please contact the Registrar’s office at registrar@stcl.edu 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 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 November 20, 2017. For more information about guest hooding, contact Teresa Kaiser at tkaiser@stcl.edu 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 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 grads@mnathanphoto.com 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 Office of the Registrar. Graduates who wish to have a copy mailed to them can submit their request at registrar@stcl.edu or by calling 713-646-1701.

 

Diplomas

Graduates must complete all obligations before their diplomas are mailed. This includes applying for graduation via Stanley, completing the Financial Aid Exit Interview, 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.