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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. South Texas College of Law has two commencement ceremonies, one in May and one in December, at which our students receive the Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degree. Presented here is the key information that students need to know about graduation at South Texas.

December 2009 Graduation

Date and Location of Commencement Ceremonies

South Texas College of Law's 2014-2015 commencement ceremony information is as follows:

George R. Brown Convention Center – General Assembly Hall
1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, TX 77010


Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 11:00 A.M.
Student Robing Room: 332C

Reception Immediately Following Ceremony
Hilton Americas – Grand Ballroom

Directions and Parking

Directions and parking information for the Hilton Americas can be found at:


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

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:


George R. Brown Parking Information:

Hotel Information

Four Seasons Hotel
1300 Lamar
Houston, TX 77010
(Local Reservations) 713-550-1300 (Toll Free Reservations) 800-332-3442
Ask for the South Texas College of Law Corporate Rate
December Rates: TBA May Rates: TBA

The Hilton-Americas Hotel
1600 Lamar
Houston, TX 77010
Reservations at: 1-800-HILTONS or
May Rates: Friday, May 16th and Saturday, May 17th at $129 single/double per night

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Downtown
1810 Bell Street
Houston, TX 77003
(Local Reservations) 713-652-9400 (Toll Free) 1-800-Holiday
Ask for the South Texas College of Law Corporate Rate
December Rates: TBA May Rates: TBA

The Hyatt Regency Hotel
1200 Louisiana
Houston, TX 77002
(Local Reservations) 713-646-6926 (Toll Free Reservations) 800-233-1234
Refer to Corporate ID #91739
December Rates: TBA May Rates: TBA

Marriott Courtyard & Residence Inn
Courtyard: (916 Dallas St.) 832-366-1600
Residence Inn: (904 Dallas St.) 832-366-1000
Ask for the South Texas College of Law Corporate Rate
December Rates: TBA May Rates: TBA 


Graduation Application

May Graduation:
The deadline to apply for May 2015 and July 2015 graduation has passed. Please contact the Office of the Registrar at with questions.

Caps and Gowns, Invitations, and Rings

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 2015 Commencement
March 30-31, 2015

11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

By the Bell on the First Floor


Students may also be measured for their caps and gowns in the campus bookstore no later than April 17, 2015. 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 or (713) 646-1701 with any questions.

Guest Hooders

A longstanding tradition of South Texas College of Law has been for a family member to participate
in their graduate's ceremony as a "Guest Hooder." Guest Hooders must be graduates/alumni of South Texas College of Law and be related to the graduate.The Guest Hooder form will be included in the graduation e-mail or can be accessed online by clicking here. The deadlines to submit the Guest Hooder form are as follows:

May Graduation: May 11, 2015

Please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at (713) 646-1793 or (713) 646-1803 with any questions.


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. Availability of 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. Please look for the studio lights and umbrella to locate where the
photographers have set up. 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 Office of the Registrar.
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 Financial Aid Exit Interviews 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 mailed, please submit a Diploma
Mailing Address Change form. If your current and/or permanent address has changed, please also
submit a Change of Name and Address form so we can update your contact information in our system.

Graduates may order a replacement diploma by completing the Diploma Reorder form and mailing it to the Registrar’s office with their $50 payment.