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Spring 2014 Commencement Highlights:

Date:  Sunday, May 11, 2014
Time:  2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Graduates must plan to arrive no later than 1:00 p.m.  More details will be forthcoming.)
Location:  Rice University - Tudor Fieldhouse   

Ordering Cap and Gown Online:  
DEADLINE - 4/1/2014
The Herff Jones web site is now available for orders through Tuesday, April 1, 11:59 p.m. When possible, it is preferred that ALL cap and gown orders (plus hood for graduate students) be accomplished online.

Tickets and Number of Guests
The Houston Campus will not be issuing tickets for our Spring Commencement on May 11.  Seating will be on a first come, first served basis. 
If you have any questions please contact Cheryl Holcombe at

Herff Jones Staff on the Houston Campus 3/31/2014:
Representatives from Herff Jones will be on the Houston Campus Monday, March 31st from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (2nd floor, across from 2305) to take orders.  Ring orders, in particular, may be better accomplished in person.    

Doctoral Regalia – Rentals are Ordered OnLine; Actual PURCHASE of Doctoral Regalia has a 3/25/2014 DEADLINE.
Those individuals graduating with a doctorate degree may rent the tam, gown, tassel and hood online.  Students renting will need to return their gown following the Graduation Ceremony.  The tam, tassel and hood are yours to keep. Please meet Deb in the preparation/line-up area immediately following Commencement to return your items. 

If you have an interest in purchasing these items, please review TWU Custom Doctoral Regalia Options May 2014  for pricing details.  It is requested that you complete the Order Form 2010 2011 Apparel Bookstore Order, scan and email to Gregg at to actually place your order for purchase.  The DEADLINE to PURCHASE Doctoral Regalia is MARCH 25th, 2014.

Cap and Gown Distribution at Houston:  4/28/2014 MIDDAY; REMAINING ORDERS then left at the Student Life Office Suite # 2300 for pick-up
Staff from Herff Jones will be on the Houston campus on Monday, April 28th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (2nd floor, across from 2305) for INITIAL cap and gown distribution.  When they leave campus, the REMAINING ORDERS will be left in the Student Life Office on the 2nd floor (Suite # 2300) for pick-up.  Please feel free to stop by the Student Life Office Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. through May 9th.  Any orders that have not been claimed by Friday, 5/9 will be taken to Commencement on Sunday, May 11th.  Please look for Deb in the preparation/line-up area. 

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.  Please get with staff in the Registrar’s Office (Cheryl Holcombe: to determine if this might apply to you.  More information can be found on this web page: apologies, but graduate students at the Master’s and Doctoral level would not be eligible for that particular academic distinction.  The Graduate School deems your acceptance into a Master or Doctoral level program at TWU as an honor in and of itself.   

Photographer for Commencement
Marc Nathan Photographers, Inc. will be working with  us to capture photos of each graduate as they walk across the stage.  More detailed information will follow in the next couple of weeks.

Following Commencement, staff at TWU will be making a final 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. 

Detailed information regarding parking is forthcoming.

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


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