Houston Commencement

December 2021 Commencement

Wednesday, December 8, 2021; 7 p.m.

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center

1601 Lake Robbins Dr.
The Woodlands, TX 77380
281-367-9797 (TEL)

Map to the convention center

More details will be forthcoming.

Ordering Cap and Gown Online

You can order your cap and gown by using this link: herff.ly/twu

DEADLINE 11/11/2021 for Bachelor and Master orders
DEADLINE 11/11/2021 for Doctoral rentals (only the gown needs to be returned)
DEADLINE 10/15/2021 for Doctoral purchases

Once on the Herff Jones web page,

  1. Choose “Houston Campus”
  2. Select "Cap and Gown"
  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 ALL orders will be shipped directly to your residence. You can expect it to arrive approximately 3 weeks from the date of order.

Ring Orders

Representatives from Herff Jones will be on campus at a future date (TBD) to secure ring orders, for those who would prefer to order this item in person. Please be on the lookout for future communication once those details have been confirmed.

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 indeed 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 December 1st) for veteran cords, will be able to pick them up at the Commencement site during check-in.

For Doctoral Candidates ONLY

Those graduating with a doctorate degree may rent the gown with tam, tassel and hood online. Students renting will need to return only their gown following the Graduating Ceremony. When you receive your order by mail, there will be a pre-paid return label in the box for you to use when sending back the gown. The hood, tam and tassel are yours to keep.

If you have an interest in purchasing the higher end doctoral regalia, please contact Deb at dunruh@twu.edu. 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.


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 announced that 5 tickets will be given per Houston graduating student for this December’s Commencement. You can expect an email from the Registrar’s Office to your TWU email account that will provide instructions on how to claim your tickets through Pioneer Portal. It is anticipated that email mid-November, before the Thanksgiving break.

Please be advised that there will be no additional ticket pool to draw from prior to the December Commencement. The 5 tickets per graduating student will stand as is. We appreciate your cooperation as we work to keep everyone safe.


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.

For individuals choosing valet parking, the cost will be $22.00. The hotel will require payment at the moment the car is delivered to the valet operator. This serves to minimize the waiting time at the end of the event. As we draw closer to Commencement, more details will be shared.

Commencement Photographer

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 10:16 AM, November 2, 2021