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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. Houston 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 Houston College of Law.

December 2009 Graduation

Date and Location of Commencement Ceremonies

Houston College of Law's 2016-2017 commencement ceremony information is as follows:

Hilton Americas – Ballroom of the Americas
1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, TX 77010


Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.
Student Robing Room: 343A

Reception Immediately Following Ceremony
Hilton Americas – Ballroom of the Americas Pre-Function Area

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


Monday, May 15, 2017 at TBA
Student Robing Room: 332C

Reception Immediately Following Ceremony

Directions and Parking

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


Directions and parking information for the George R. Brown Convention Center can be found at: http://www.houstonconventionctr.com/Home/MapsParking.aspx

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.


George R. Brown Parking Information: http://www.houstonconventionctr.com/Home/MapsParking/ParkingInformation.aspx

Hotel Information

Houston College of Law has secured a block of rooms at the following hotels for guests of graduates. Please make reservations using the instructions that follow:
Hilton Americas Houston (Ceremony and Reception Site)
1600 Lamar St.
Houston, TX 77010
May Rates: TBD
To make Hilton reservations online, please click here.
If you prefer to call in your reservation, use code 1HC

Courtyard Marriott Houston Downtown/Convention Center
916 Dallas St.
Houston, TX 77002
May Rates: TBD
To make Marriott reservations online, please click here.
Reservations must be made by November 16, 2016.

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

Four Seasons Hotel
1300 Lamar
Houston, TX 77010
December Rates: TBA
May Rates: TBA
Ask for the Houston College of Law Corporate Rate
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) 1-800-Holiday
Ask for the Houston 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 Houston College of Law Corporate Rate
December Rates: TBA
May Rates: TBA


Graduation Application

December 2016:
The deadline to apply for December 2016 graduation has passed. Please contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@hcl.edu with questions.

May and July Graduation:
December 13, 2016

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 December 2016 Commencement
October 24, 2016 - Times: TBA


Students may also be measured for their caps and gowns in the campus bookstore no later than November 15, 2016. 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@hcl.edu or (713) 646-1701 with any questions.

Guest Hooders

A longstanding tradition of Houston College of Law 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 Houston 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:

To participate in the guest hooding ceremony, please fill out this form and return it to the Office of Advancement by December 9, 2016. For more information about guest hooding, contact Teresa Kreiner, at 713-646-1804 or tkreiner@hcl.edu.

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 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. 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 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@hcl.edu 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 sent, you may do so by submitting a Change of Name and Address form. 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.