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.
The live stream will be available 1 hour before the commencement ceremony.
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.
Lauren Anderson, a native Houstonian, danced with Houston Ballet from 1983 to 2006, performing leading roles in all the great classical ballets, appearing across the world to critical acclaim, and in the process, becoming one of Houston Ballet's most beloved stars. In January 2007, Anderson assumed her new role of outreach associate in Houston Ballet's education department where she teaches ballet classes at Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy, conducts master classes at area schools, and lectures to students on dance and her historic career as one of America's most distinguished African-American ballerinas. She trained exclusively at Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy from the age of seven. In 1990 Anderson became the first African-American to be promoted to principal dancer at Houston Ballet - and one of the few African-American ballerinas at the head of a major ballet company anywhere in the world. In addition, Anderson received the Special Jury Award at the 1990 International Ballet Competition as well as the International Critics Award in Chile. Her repertoire included works by George Balanchine, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Christopher Bruce, James Kudelka, and Trey McIntyre. Anderson created the title role in Ben Stevenson's Cleopatra, and her performance as Cleopatra received accolades from international critics. Anna Kisselgoff of The New York Times compared her to the great Italian actress Eleanora Duse, and Christine Temin of The Boston Globe pronounced her "a powerhouse in interpreting the role that Stevenson created for her." Anderson’s ballerina shoes from the 2006 Nutcracker, which would be her last performance in the historic Wortham Theater, now lives in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C.
Anderson is the proud mom to Lawrence Bell Fitzgerald Turner.
The San Jacinto College District is committed to equal opportunity for all students, employees, and applicants without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, pregnancy, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, genetic information, marital status, or veteran status in accordance with applicable federal and state laws. The following College official has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the College's non-discrimination policies: Vice President of Human Resources, 4620 Fairmont Pkwy., Pasadena, TX 77504; 281-991-2659; Sandra.Ramirez@sjcd.edu