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December Commencement

When:      Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Time:        7:00 p.m.               

Where:     Hilton Americas-Houston
                1600 Lamar
                Houston, TX  77010

Click here to explore the Hilton Americas-Houston

The Office of the Registrar will be contacting all students who have already applied for December graduation as well as students who graduated in August and did not walk in the May commencement ceremony to offer them the opportunity to participate in the Houston December ceremony.

Ordering Commencement Items ONLINE Order DEADLINE:  Sunday, October 26th, 2014
Herff Jones has opened up their web site to accept Houston orders. If you are interested in ordering a cap and gown (plus hood for Master’s and Doctoral candidates) regalia, please use this link to connect with the web page associated with TWU:

Select “Order a Cap and Gown” on the right.
Under “Choose your school, campus, or organization”, select “Houston Campus” from the drop down box.
Under the next “Select an option”, choose your degree level.
*If Bachelor or Master Degree level, you will need to “Choose your degree type” once again from a drop down box before moving on…
Continue with your order.

It is imperative that you select Houston Campus from the drop down menu when placing your order. (Orders placed using the Denton/Dallas link will be shipped to Denton for distribution.) The DEADLINE for submitting orders online is Sunday, October 26th. When possible, it is encouraged that you order cap, gown, tassel (and hoods for graduates) online.  Late orders will be subject to an additional fee, with cash payment only being accepted at that point in time.

Representatives from Herff Jones will be on campus Monday, November 3rd (tentative date – waiting on confirmation). If you have any specific questions and/or if you have an interest in ordering a ring, this would be an ideal time to visit in person with staff from the company. (Ring orders can be done online, but there are advantages to it being done in person.) 

Doctoral Candidates ONLY
Those receiving doctoral degrees will be presented with a moderately priced regalia for ordering online. Please be advised that the gowns are rental, and will need to be returned immediately following the ceremony to Room 338 of the Commencement Site:  Hilton Americas - Houston. The tam, tassel and hood are yours to keep.  If you have an interest in purchasing the higher end doctoral regalia, please contact Deb at   

Honor Cords
Honor cords are available for undergraduate students ONLY who meet the GPA and credit hour criteria. The Graduate School considers acceptance into an academic program at a Master’s or Doctoral level an honor in and of itself. Undergraduate students are encouraged to contact Cheryl Holcombe in our Enrollment Services Office at to verify that they meet eligibility for honor cord purchase. Please get with Deb in Student Life to coordinate that purchase through Herff Jones. 

Pick-up of Regalia Orders – Early December (probably the first Monday – date yet to be confirmed)
Students who have ordered cap and gown with tassel (plus hood for graduate students) can plan to pick up their orders the first part of December. Herff Jones representatives will be on campus for the initial distribution. All the remaining orders will be left at the Student Life Office (Suite #2300) to be picked up throughout the weeks that follow (including many evenings) at a time of convenience for individual students. More information on this topic will be forthcoming as information becomes known.   

Announcement Orders will be shipped directly to students at their place of residence. 

Tickets – More information about this topic will be forthcoming directly from the Registrar’s Office around mid-November – approximately one month prior to Commencement.
For the Houston site, 8 guest tickets will be available per student walking in the December 2014 Graduation Ceremony, with seating done on a first-come, first-served basis.  


Thank you for the privilege of walking with you on this journey in life for the past couple of years. We wish you the best in your future endeavors.

Additional information will be forthcoming...

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