Friday, May 19, 2023, at 7pm
Email invitations have been sent to eligible graduates.
The deadline to RSVP your attendance is May 8, 2023.
Yes!! We assign all graduates a seat in advance. If you do not RSVP we have no way of knowing that you are coming. The Invitations will be sent via email by in early April. There will be an RSVP link that needs to be completed by May 12, 2023.
After the deadline - Please email email@example.com and we will give you directions on what to do next.
Graduates should arrive by 5:45pm.
All graduates must go to the registration area to get their name card, after that we will have staff directing you to your seat once you arrive at NRG Stadium.
Once the ceremony begins, we will ask you to wait until we can seat you. We will seat you at the back of seating section and not in your assigned seat. Please make every effort not to be late.
Graduates who attend will have to stay in their seats until the end of the ceremony. If you cannot stay for the whole ceremony, we ask that you consider going to the next semester's ceremony.
You cannot carry anything into the seating area. Leave all belongings with your guests this includes purses, bubbles, flowers, etc. You cannot have anything but your name card that will be given to you at registration.
Cell phones are allowed if carried in a pocket or a very small purse worn under gown that is not visible.
San Jacinto College has hired Flash Photography to photograph each graduate as they exit the stage, you will be contacted by the photographer directly regarding photos.
The college bookstore sells the approved regalia for commencement ceremony.
As long as the cap and gown are solid black with no other color you are good to wear it. The college is using a black tassel you can purchase that in the bookstore.
At this time these are the only approved specialty regalia that can be worn to the ceremony. You will be asked to remove any non-approved regalia worn to the ceremony so please leave it at home.
Honors graduates – medals given by the Honors department.
Phi Theta Kappa - gold stole or blue and gold cords ordered by student. (One or the other not both).
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. No other cords, tassels, or stoles given from the high school are allowed.
Veterans - red, white, and blue cords given out at commencement by Veteran Services.
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:
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:
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.
Arrive dressed in regalia. There will not be a dressing area at the stadium. Dress comfortably. The venue is not heated or airconditioned, so depending on the weather it can vary between very hot or very cold.
It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes. There is a lot of walking on dirt tracks and other slippery areas, including going up and down stairs as well as standing for long periods of time.
There are no tickets for the ceremony. There are no limits to the number of guests a graduate can invite. Seating is first come first seat and we do not reserve seating for guests.
NRG Stadium staff will be in the stadium to assist with seating for guests who need assistance.
The ceremony is approximately an hour and half long which can be very long for some children to sit through. The ceremony is live streamed and can be watched at home.
Strollers are not permitted in the seating area and will have to be left in the concourse area, there will not be anyone monitoring the strollers.