Graduation Requirements

Information about graduation requirements and the application process for students earning an associate degree, a certificate, or a letter of recognition can be found on the Graduation Requirements page. This page also includes information for students graduating with honors, those earning multiple HCC credentials, information for reverse transfer students, and instructions on how to complete a program evaluation/degree audit in WebAdvisor.

Applying for Graduation

All students are expected to complete the online Application for Graduation through WebAdvisor to receive a degree, certificate, or letter of recognition regardless of their participation in the graduation ceremony. There is no fee to apply. Before filling out the online "Application for Graduation," students should review their program evaluation through WebAdvisor and/or meet with an academic advisor to determine if all program requirements have been met.

Graduation Application Deadlines

  • Fall - October 1, 2015
  • Spring - March 1, 2016
  • Summer - July 1, 2016

Note: All graduation correspondence will be sent to your student email account.

Annual Commencement Ceremony

Annual commencement ceremonies are held each May and December, and are presided over by HCC’s president. The commencement ceremony is a traditional academic service and signifies the completion of the degree or certificate being awarded. Students completing a degree or certificate program with 30 or more credits are eligible to participate in the annual commencement ceremony. Only students who have filed an application for graduation and have met all requirements will be permitted to participate in the ceremony.

Important Information for Graduates

Congratulations Class of 2016!

Important Dates & Deadlines

  • Order Cap and Gown online
    February 1 - April 11, 2016
    Check student email for details

  • Pick up Cap and Gown from Campus Store
    May 1 - May 15, 2016
    Note: Graduates receiving an associate degree will receive their hoods at Commencement Rehearsal

  • Adult Education Graduation Ceremony 
    Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016
    Event start time: TBD
    Location: TBD

  • Honors Convocation Ceremony
    Date: Thursday, May 12, 2016
    Event start time: 7 p.m.
    Location: ARCC

  • Commencement Rehearsal (Required)
    Date: Friday, May 13, 2016
    Time: 6 p.m.
    Location: ARCC

  • Commencement Ceremony
    Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
    Event start time: 9:30 a.m.
    Location: ARCC

  • Nursing Pinning Ceremony
    Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
    Event start time: 1:30 p.m.
    Location: ARCC

  • Health Sciences Pinning Ceremony
    Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
    Event start time: 1:30 p.m.
    Location: Kepler Theater