Commencement FAQs

As you plan for this big day, questions may arise. To assist you, we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about Commencement. For information about graduation requirements and the degree conferral processes, please visit the Registrar's Graduation web page. Please click here to access the Graduation web page.


When Is Commencement?

  • There are two Commencements: For the 2019-2020 school year, Commencement is Saturday, December 14, 2019 and May 16, 2020. The ceremony begins promptly at 10 a.m. and lasts approximately 2-1/2 hours.
  • A full schedule of Commencement events, driving directions and listing of hotel/motel accommodations are available online.

Where Is Commencement Held?

  • Commencement will be held at Henry Givens Administration Building in the Main Auditorium.


How can I find out more information about the graduation clearance process?

  • All graduates are expected to attend one of the following Graduate Information Sessions which will be held in the William L. Clay Professional Development Room 204. Dates are published each semester as determined. 

Summer/Fall 2019                           

    • Monday, October 14, 2019, 12:00pm
    • Thursday, October 17, 2019, 5:30pm

Spring 2020

    • Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 12:00pm
    • Thursday, February 6, 2020, 5:30pm

Regalia: Caps and Gowns

  • Orders for caps and Gowns will be taken at each of the Graduate Information sessions on the dates listed above.
  • Sudents will need to contact Academic Affairs at 314-340-3610, or visit HGA 106 for regalia orders.
  • Regalia will be available for pick beginning Monday, December 9, 2019 through Friday, December 13, 2019 at the HSSU Bookstore.


Graduation Announcement Ordering

  • Representatives from Josten’s will be in attendance at the Graduate Information sessions.
  • Announcements have to be paid at time of order and there will be a discounts on rings.

Graduation Rehearsal

  • All graduating seniors are expected to attend Graduation Rehearsal on Thursday, May 14, 2020, Time TBD, in the Henry Givens Administration Building, DJW Auditorium to receive seating and other instructions for Commencement.

Commencement Tickets

  • Tickets will be distributed to participating planned graduates in the Office of the Registrar following Graduation Rehearsal on Thursday, May 14, 2020. Each participating graduate will tentatively receive 6 (six) tickets.

Guests and/or Graduates with Special Needs?

  • For guests and/or graduates who will be attending commencement who have accommodation needs (e.g., wheelchair/ADA, hearing impaired or interpreter/translation requests, etc.), please complete and submit a REQUEST FORM by no later than Thursday, April 30, 2020.

Where Is Accessible Seating?

  • Persons needing accessible seating, including wheelchair accommodations, will be seated at ground level. One family member may accompany the person with special needs.
  • Guests who need accessible seating should be at the location at least 30 minutes before the ceremony begins.
  • Special tickets or advance notice is not needed. However, inform an usher upon arrival.

Professional Photographers

  • Each graduate will be photographed as diploma covers are presented and at a posed location at the side of the stage. 
  • After graduation, graduate photos will be posted on the university Facebook account and students can download for free.


  • All Undergraduate Students: Diplomas will be distributed after the commencement ceremonies in the AT&T Library. (Note: Diploma lists degree only. Transcript lists degree, major[s], and any minor[s].) 


Watch HSSU Commencement Online

Guests who cannot attend the event can watch the ceremonies live.

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