May 2019 Commencement

Date: Sunday, May 12, 2019
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Location: The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center
1601 Lake Robbins Dr.
The Woodlands, TX 77380
281-367-9797 (TEL)

More details will be forthcoming.

It has been an honor to have walked with you for the last couple of years on this particular journey in academia. We wish you the best in this new chapter of your professional life!

Ordering Cap and Gown Online

BEGINNING today, 02/07/2019: will take you to the Herff Jones ordering page (use Google Chrome as your browser)
DEADLINE 04/15/2019 for Bachelor and Master orders
DEADLINE 04/01/2019 for Doctoral rentals
DEADLINE 03/18/2019 for Doctoral purchases

Once on the Herff Jones web page,

  1. Select "Order a Cap and Gown"
  2. Under "Choose your school, campus or organization", select "Houston Campus" from the drop-down box.
  3. Under the next "Select an option", choose your degree level.
    *If Bachelor or Master Degree level, you will need to "Choose your degree type" from the drop-down box.
  4. Continue with your order.

Please be advised that the "keeper" Bachelor and Master level gown orders will be shipped directly to your residence. Orders will be shipped in approximately 3 weeks from date of order.

Ring Orders

Representatives from Herff Jones will be on campus at a point in the near future for individuals to secure ring orders. As soon as a date has been identified, it will be communicated to you.

Honor & Veterans Cords

Honor Cords

Students graduating with Bachelor Degrees who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above would be eligible to purchase and wear honor cords. Honor recipients will be emailed by the end of next week. Honor cords for undergraduates can be secured through Deb with Student Life.

Graduate students are not able to pursue honor cord academic distinction through the same University channels. The Graduate School deems your acceptance into a Master or Doctoral level program at TWU as an honor in and of itself. For members of honor organizations, honor cords or stoles may be worn at the Commencement ceremony. Please get with your respective honor organization to order the cords (or stoles) that reflect your academic standing within the graduate student community.

For more information about "Graduating with Honors", please visit the Registrar’s Office.

Veteran Cords

Individuals who have been in the military service of our country and have presented documentation to the Veteran Affairs Office (estimated deadline of May 3rd) for veteran cords, will be able to pick them up at the Commencement site during check-in.

For Doctoral Candidates

Those graduating with a doctorate degree may rent the tam, gown, tassel and hood online. Students renting will need to return only their gown following the Graduating Ceremony. The tam, tassel and hood are yours to keep. Please meet Deb in the Student Preparation/Line-up Area immediately following the Commencement to return your gown.

If you have an interest in purchasing the higher end doctoral regalia, please contact Deb at Although the cost associated with such a purchase is significant (over $700), it may be an appropriate investment for those whose pathway will continue in the higher education realm.

Pick up Doctoral Regalia — 1st week in May

Doctoral students who have ordered a rental gown, with hood, tam and tassel can plan to pick up their orders the first week of May. The exact date and time of delivery will be announced later as we approach the last month in the semester. Once delivered, it will be kept at the Office of Student Life for pick-up at your convenience through May 10th. All orders not claimed by 05/10/2019 will be taken to the Commencement site the morning of 05/12/2019. Doctoral candidates may find Deb in the Student Preparation/Line-Up Area to secure their order when they arrive on site.


Following Commencement, staff at TWU will be making a final detailed review of your classes completed for your respective degree. It will be another 6 – 8 weeks following the graduation ceremony that you can expect your diploma to arrive at the address detailed on your graduation application.


The Registrar’s Office has confirmed there will be 8 tickets given per graduating student walking in the Houston Commencement Ceremony. Tickets will be made available approximately mid-April through Pioneer Portal. Please be on the lookout for an announcement sent at a later date to your TWU email from the Registrar’s Office with information about how to download your tickets. Note also that early May, an opportunity will be communicated by the Registrar's Office once again to claim up to 2 additional tickets. Once that pool of extra tickets is opened, graduating students will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.


More information about parking will be communicated in the upcoming weeks. In general, as long as there is no other event scheduled at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, complimentary parking is available in the Town Center Garage. [If an event is scheduled in the Pavilion on the same day as the TWU Commencement, vehicles parked in the Town Center Garage would be subject to the Event Parking Rate.] As we draw closer to Commencement, more details will be shared.

Commencement Photography

Marc Nathan Photographers, Inc. will be working with us to capture photos of each graduating student as they walk across the stage. More detailed information will follow.

Page last updated 4:16 PM, April 4, 2019