Spring 2017 Commencement
Date: Sunday, May 14, 2017
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center
1601 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Graduating students must plan to arrive no later than 1:00 pm. 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!
BEGINNING today, 2/14/2017: Herff Jones ordering page (use Google Chrome as your browser) DEADLINE 4/22/2017 for Bachelor and Master orders DEADLINE 4/4/2017 for Doctoral rentals DEADLINE 3/17/2017 for Doctoral purchases
Once on the Herff Jones web page,
- Select "Order a Cap and Gown"
- 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" from the drop-down box.
- 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.
Representatives from Herff Jones will be on campus April 3, 2017 to secure ring orders, for those who would prefer to order them in person. Please come to the 2nd floor across from 2305 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. to learn more about the details of TWU rings.
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 (2/24/2017). 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.
TWU C.A.R.E. (Campus Alliance for Resource Education) and Registrar's Office offer honor cords to recognize our student veterans. If you are a veteran, reservist, or National Guard member, you may be eligible to receive complimentary red, white and blue honor cords for the May 2017 Commencement (dependents are not eligible).
Please provide a member 4 of your DD 214 with honorable discharge or general under honorable conditions discharge to Alex Alvarado who can be reached at email@example.com. Alex can accept a fax copy or a scanned e-mail attachment.
The deadline to apply for military service honor cords is Thursday, May 4 2017.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 at a later date. Once delivered, it will be kept at the Office of Student Life for pick-up at your convenience through May 12th. All orders not claimed by 5/12/2017 will be taken to the Commencement site the morning of 5/14/2017. 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.
8 tickets are available for the Houston Commencement on May 14, 2017.
- Log into Pioneer Portal
- Select "My Tools"
- Select "Commencement Tickets for Graduates"
- Select ceremony
- Select the number of tickets needed
- Complete checkout to reserve tickets
For a possible two additional tickets
During the checkout process students may donate unused tickets. These tickets will be made available via a ticket pool. Students may collect up to two, beginning Monday, May 1st, at 10:00 a.m., by repeating the above instructions. If no additional tickets are available, please check back at another time.
All guest tickets must be claimed and printed in advance. No tickets will be available at the Commencement site.
Guests must have a ticket to enter the ceremony.
More information about parking will be communicated in the upcoming weeks. In general, those attending the Commencement in May will be parking at the neighboring Woodlands Pavilion. If there is no show at the Pavilion on the 14th of May, parking will be free. In the event of a show scheduled on the same day, parking will be at the rate assigned by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. As we draw closer to Commencement, the more updated information about the Pavilion Schedule will be available.
Marc Nathan Photographers, Inc. will be capturing your commencement photos. Every student will be photographed as they receive their diploma as well as a second "portrait" taken as they depart the stage. All proofs will be online at www.gradphotonetwork.com 2 days after the ceremony by using the password TWUMay2017
The photographer needs your current contact information in order to identify your photos and contact you when they are available to be viewed. Please provide your contact information.
There is NO OBLIGATION to purchase and all photos will go online for previewing. Prices start at $17 and go up, with the option to order packages, individual prints and/or digital files. GreenScreen images (a solid green background) allow you to choose your own background. If you have any questions, please send an email to: Marc Nathan Photographers, Inc. email@example.com
- 281-549-23667 x3
- Subject Line MUST read - TWUMay2017
The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel is offering a special rate of $135 USD/night for the TWU Spring Commencement weekend. Reservation Required by 04/21/2017.
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