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2015 Winter Commencement

Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 2 p.m.

Minute Maid Park

501 Crawford St., Houston, Texas

Commencement Ceremony Details


  • Graduation caps and gowns can be purchased at the campus bookstore for a cost of $32.
  • Honors graduates need to wear their honors medals over their gowns.
  • Honor society members need to see their honor society advisor about stoles or cords.
  • To respect the dignity of the ceremony we ask that graduates do not decorate or alter their cap or gown in any way.

Parking and Entering

  • Parking for both graduates and guests will be $10 per car in the Diamond Lots A, B, & C. Click to See Map.

 Day of the Ceremony information for graduates

  • Graduates must arrive by 12:45pm. Please be on time.
  • Graduates will enter through the Atrium Entrance on Crawford St. at Texas Ave.
  • Graduates will be directed to the check-in and robing areas once inside.
    • Only graduates with caps and gowns will be allowed in the robing area.
  • Graduates will be lined up alphabetically, separated by degree and certificate.
  • Graduates cannot carry anything into the seating area except the name card provided at check-in.
    • No purses, no cellphones, no bubbles, no balloons, no programs, nothing!
    • Leave belongings with your guests. There will not be a place to store belongings.
  • Dress comfortably for an indoor environment.
  • Comfortable shoes are encouraged - you will have to walk, climb stairs and stand during the ceremony.
  • There will be a professional photographer taking photos.
  • The ceremony will last 2 to 2 ½ hours and graduates will stay on the floor the entire ceremony.
  • Please review the food policy on the Minute Maid Park website

 Guest Seating

  • Gates for guest seating will open at 1pm.  The event will begin promptly at 2pm.
  • Guests may enter through Right Field Gate, Clock Tower Gate or Center Field Gate.
  • There is no limit to the number of guests who can attend for each graduate.
  • Interpreters will be provided for hearing impaired guests; please see an usher for this seating area.
  • No strollers can be taken down into the seating areas. 
  • The concession stands will not be open; no food or beverages will be available for purchase at the venue.


Featured Speaker: Cynthia Cisneros, Vice President of Community Affairs, KTRK ABC 13

Cynthia CisnerosIn 2012, Cynthia Cisneros was promoted to Vice President of Community Affairs. No longer filing daily news reports, Cynthia is still in Houston's communities promoting and participating in local events. As a native Houstonian, Cynthia Cisneros has witnessed much of the city's astounding growth firsthand.

Growing up in the city of South Houston, Cynthia went to school there and graduated from University of Houston. As a teen, she worked summer jobs at Foley's in Almeda Mall and at Astroworld.

Cynthia joined Eyewitness News in 1989. She's covered just about every story imaginable, from hurricanes to droughts to flooding and fires. She's also covered some of the more sensational stories over the past two decades, including the murder of Tejano singing star Selena, the Enron trial and the criminal trials of Andrea Yates and Clara Harris. Cynthia began her broadcasting career in Jacksonville, Texas, at a local radio station where she hosted a morning talk show. She then worked as a news reporter in Longview for KLMG-TV covering news in several east Texas cities.

She traveled to KBAK-TV in Bakersfield, California. While there, Cynthia's reporting duties included extensive coverage of Caesar Chavez and the United Farmworkers Union. She won awards for her coverage on human rights issues among migrant workers. Her coverage of immigrant struggles caught the eye of news managers in her hometown.

She's covered a wide range of stories from human devastation to human triumph. Over the years, she's won several awards for her coverage of spot news and human interest stories.

But Cynthia says her greatest accomplishment has been the birth of her two children. Working at Channel 13 while pregnant was a real adventure for her. She enjoys time with her husband and two children, a daughter and a son. Cynthia still likes to go to South Houston to catch up on neighborhood news and she enjoys running into old high school buddies while out on stories.