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 2020 commencement ceremony information is as follows:


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

Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
Student Robing Room: 332C

Reception is immediately after the ceremony in the Ballroom of the Americas located on the second floor of the Hilton Americas – Houston.

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

ADA Accessibility

George R. Brown Convention Center

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


Hotel Information

Hilton Americas Houston
1600 Lamar St. Houston, TX 77010

May Rates: TBA
(Local Reservations) 713-739-8000
(Toll Free Reservations) 1-800-236-2905

Hotel Alessandra
1070 Dallas Street, Houston, TX 77002

May Rates: TBA
(Local Reservations) 713-242-8555
(Toll Free Reservations) 1-844-204-5851

Four Seasons Hotel
1300 Lamar, Houston, TX 77010

May Rates: TBA
(Local Reservations) 713-650-1300
(Toll Free Reservations) 1-800-734-4114

Marriott Marquis Houston
1777 Walker Street, Houston, TX 77010

May Rates: TBA
(Local Reservations) 713-654-1777
(Toll Free Reservations) 1-888-236-2427

Marriott Courtyard Houston Downtown
916 Dallas St. Houston, TX 77002

May Rates: TBA
(Local Reservations) 832-366-1600

Marriott Residence Inn Houston Downtown
904 Dallas St. Houston, TX 77002

May Rates: TBA
(Local Reservations) 832-366-1000

Marriott SpringHill Suites Houston Downtown
914 Dallas Street Houston, Texas 77002

May Rates: TBA
(Local Reservations) 713-655-0002

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



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 Office of the Registrar at with questions.

Caps and Gowns, Invitations, and Rings

Representatives from Herff Jones are on campus for two days each March 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 the subsequent week in March. For more information on invitations and rings, students can visit Herff Jones.

GRAD FAIR for the May 2020 Commencement:

March 23rd and 24th, 2020
Times & Location: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – 1st Floor Atrium

Students who are unable to attend the Grad Fair may submit their measurements by email at, 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.  All caps and gowns must be ordered by April 1, 2020.

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

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 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 27, 2020. 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 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 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.