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Commencement Ceremony

Chancellor Brenda Hellyer speaking at commencement

Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Minute Maid Park

501 Crawford St., Houston, Texas


Congratulations on your achievement. San Jacinto College District recognizes that commencement is a milestone in our graduates' lives and, as such, we strive to ensure that everybody enjoys their experience. Please consult the commencement website for updated information regarding the ceremony details and guest information.

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The live stream will be available 1 hour before the commencement ceremony.

Applying for graduation and attending commencement

Applying for graduation is very important to both our students and to the college.  There is a graduation application deadline date published each semester on the San Jacinto College academic calendar, students who apply for graduation by that date ensure their names will appear in the commencement program. Students may still apply for graduation after the published date up until the last day of class. We encourage students to apply as early as possible.

Students need to apply whether they intend to walk in the commencement ceremony or not.  All students who apply for graduation will receive the invitation to RSVP for commencement, regardless of what they indicated on their graduation application. All students are encouraged to attend the commencement ceremony to celebrate the completion of this important milestone in their academic career.

See the Apply For Graduation web page for more details...


Featured Speaker: Houston Mayor, Sylvester Turner

Houston Mayor, Sylvester TurnerElected in December 2015, Sylvester Turner is serving his first four-year term as Houston’s 62nd mayor. He has brought a performance driven approach to the mayor’s office that is creating more responsive, streamlined and efficient delivery of city services.  Due to his leadership, potholes are now repaired by the next business day 95 percent of the time, more serious street conditions are getting long overdue attention, the worst budget shortfall since the Great Recession has been eliminated and for the first time ever the city has a plan for solving its $8.1 billion pension liability.  No one has been able to craft an alternative that delivers the same immediate and long-term benefits while also creating secure and stable retirements for city employees at an affordable price for taxpayers.  

A signature program of Mayor Turner’s administration is the Complete Communities initiative, which aims to improve quality of life for residents in areas that are not thriving at a level enjoyed by other Houston neighborhoods.  The mayor’s other priorities include implementation of a six point holistic plan for addressing homelessness and new programs to reduce flooding and improve drainage.  With funding provided by the city, long-awaited flood relief projects along Brays, Hunting and White Oak Bayous are being expedited and there is a new Storm Water Action Team in place to address more than 100 deferred maintenance projects all across Houston.

Prior to his election as mayor, Turner served for 27 years in the Texas House as the representative for District 139.  He worked on the House Appropriations Committee for 21 years and served as Speaker Pro Tem for three terms.  He was appointed to several Budget Conference Committees to help balance the state’s budget and served on the Legislative Budget Board.

Mayor Turner is a life-long resident of Houston and still lives in the Acres Homes community where he grew up with his eight siblings.  He is a graduate of the University of Houston and holds a law degree from Harvard University. He began his law practice at Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.and later founded the Barnes & Turner Law Firm.

Mayor Turner is the proud father of First Daughter Ashley Turner, who is continuing the family tradition of public service in the healthcare field.

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