Commencement Ceremony

Chancellor Brenda Hellyer speaking at commencement

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:00 PM
Minute Maid Park

Congratulations on your achievement. San Jacinto College District recognizes that commencement is a milestone in our graduates' lives and, as such, we strive to ensure that everybody enjoys their experience. Please consult the commencement website for updated information regarding the ceremony details and guest information.

Watch the Live Stream of the ceremony

Available 1 hour before the ceremony.



Commencement Speaker

Senator Larry Taylor

Senator Taylor is a native Texan and Baylor University graduate raised in Friendswood. He and his wife Kerri have three adult children and two grandchildren. Senator Taylor formerly owned Truman Taylor Insurance Agency in Friendswood, an independent agency started by his father more than 50 years ago. The agency merged with Galveston Insurance Associates after Hurricane Harvey.

Before his election to the Senate in 2012, Taylor served five terms in the House of Representatives. Currently, Senator Taylor serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education and as a member of the following committees: Higher Education, Water and Rural Affairs, and the budget writing Finance committee. He also serves as a member of the Legislative Budget Board, a permanent joint committee responsible for developing budget and policy recommendations for legislative appropriations.

In the 86th Legislative Session, Senator Taylor sponsored House Bill 3, a comprehensive overhaul of the school finance system, and authored Senate Bill 11, an omnibus school safety bill. He was also a member of the state budget Conference Committee, a select group of 10 legislators chosen to make budget decisions before the bill is voted on by the entire legislature.

Senator Taylor is the recipient of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership’s 2017 Quasar Award, which recognizes an outstanding leader who demonstrates a strong and continual effort to support the business foundations of the greater Bay Area Houston communities. He serves on the board of Hope Village, a residential and day program for people with developmental disabilities, and as the Director and Chairman of the Board for Houston based Texan Bank. He is also the President of the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute.

Senator Taylor represents Senate District 11, comprised of portions of Brazoria, Galveston, and Harris Counties.


Applying for graduation and attending commencement

Applying for graduation is very important to both our students and to the college.  There is a graduation application deadline date published each semester on the San Jacinto College academic calendar, students who apply for graduation by that date ensure their names will appear in the commencement program. Students may still apply for graduation after the published date up until the last day of class. We encourage students to apply as early as possible.

Students need to apply whether they intend to walk in the commencement ceremony or not.  All students who apply for graduation will receive the invitation to RSVP for commencement, regardless of what they indicated on their graduation application. All students are encouraged to attend the commencement ceremony to celebrate the completion of this important milestone in their academic career.



See the Apply For Graduation web page for more details..