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.


When Is Commencement?

  • There are two Commencements: For the 2018-19 school year, Commencement is Saturday, December 15, 2019 and May 18, 2019. 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.                               
    • Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 5:30pm
    • Thursday, February 14, 2019, 12:00pm


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 Center for Career Engagement at 314-340-3512, or visit HGA 119 for regalia orders.
  • Regalia will be available for pick beginning Tuesday, April 16, 2019 through Friday, May 10, 2019 at the HSSU Bookstore.


Graduation Announcement Ordering

  • Representatives from Josten’s will be in attendance at the Graduate Information sessions held in the William L. Clay Professional Development Room 204.
  • 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 16, 2019 at 10:30am 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 16, 2019. Each participating graduate will receive 8 (eight) 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, December 6.

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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