Spring Commencement 

Friday, May 19, 2023, at 7pm

NRG Stadium

Email invitations have been sent to eligible graduates. 

The deadline to RSVP your attendance is May 8, 2023.


Graduation caps and gowns: The cap and gown are solid black with a black tassel and can be purchased at the campus bookstore for a cost of $38 + tax.

During the ceremony etiquette: Women will wear their caps throughout the ceremony, but men will be directed to remove their caps during the invocation.

Dual Credit Students: No high school cords, stoles, or tassels are allowed to be worn (except for San Jacinto College Dual Credit medals given to you by the ECHS).

Approved Specialty Regalia

Only the approved specialty regalia listed below will be allowed to be worn.

Honors graduates – medals given by the Honors department.

Phi Theta Kappa - gold stole or blue and gold cords ordered by student.

National Technical Honor Society - grey and purple cords or stole ordered by student.

Dual Credit Students - San Jacinto College medallion given by ECHS or Dual Credit Office.

Veterans - red, white, and blue cords given out at commencement by Veteran Services. 

Special Tips

NEW THIS SPRING! - Guidelines for Decorating Your Cap

For many students, decorations on graduation caps (mortar boards) are a symbol of pride and accomplishment. The decorations represent personalized statements about accomplishments that can be presented in the form of a quote, image, or symbol.

To ensure that commencement exercises remain dignified celebrations of achievement of all students, we provide the following guidelines and expectations.

Here are a few examples of decorative ideas for highlighting your celebratory achievement:

  • Your graduation year.
  • An expression of “thanks” to family, a teacher, a friend.
  • A symbol of the branch of the military you belong to or may be joining.
  • Acknowledgment of an institution where you plan to continue your studies.
  • The American flag, Texas flag, or your home country’s flag.
  • A logo or shield of your Greek social, honorary affiliation, or honor society.
  • A symbol or message highlighting your major or student organization affiliation.

Decorations are limited to the top of the mortar board. Embellishments that are higher than one inch or that hang over the side are prohibited as they may be distracting or interfere with another individual’s view.

All rules and regulations in the San Jacinto College Code of Student Conduct will be in effect during commencement. In particular, the following messages or images are prohibited on mortar boards at commencement:

  • Obscene messages or images.
  • Images or messages that incite violence.
  • Libel or defamation (false statements about another person or organization that hold the person or organization up to hatred, ridicule, or contempt).

Should a participant fail to comply with these guidelines and expectations, the student will be asked to remove decorations or purchase a new non-decorated mortar board to wear during commencement. The participant’s original mortar board will be returned to the participant after the ceremony. Failure to comply may result in the participant’s exclusion from the ceremony.