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General Commencement Information

December 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at ACC

ACC conducts a commencement ceremony in December for fall graduates and in May for spring and summer graduates.  In order for a student to qualify to participate in the May ceremony, they must have completed their courses and met their degree or certificate requirements during the spring semester OR they must be currently registered (and paid in full or have set up a payment plan) in their last courses (12 hours maximum during summer) with anticipated completion by the end of the summer semester. The deadline for December (Fall) graduation application is November 16, 2018.

Graduates who indicate that they will participate in the ACC commencement ceremony will receive correspondence through their ACC student email or their USPS address on file with ACC.  Items to remember are:
  • Two commencement orientation sessions for those participating in commencement will be held.  It is very important to attend one orientation to obtain guest tickets and graduation information and procedures. You may attend the orientation that is most convenient for you.
    • November 28, 2018 in C227.  Check-in and ticket distribution begins at 5:30 p.m. and orientation begins at 6:00 p.m.
    • November 29, 2018 in C227.  Check-in and ticket distribution begins at 12 noon and orientation begins at 12:30 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for graduation?

Students must complete a graduation application by the dates published in the academic calendar.  There is no application fee is required to apply for graduation.  

During the semester in which degree and/or certificate requirements are to be completed, the student must apply for graduation in order for the credential to be awarded.

Log on to WebACCess, go to Students Menu, and then click on Apply for Graduation.  Choose the program you are applying for and click Apply.  Complete the online form and click submit.

Once the online graduation application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. If you are lacking program requirements, you will receive an email indicating the need to meet with an Academic Advisor or Department Chair.  If you do not receive an email stating that you are lacking, this means that you are taking the courses required for graduation and all you need to do is successfully complete the semester.

Which commencement will I participate in?

If you anticipate completing the necessary degree or certificate requirements in August or December, you may participate in ACC’s December commencement ceremony.

If you anticipate completing the necessary degree or certificate requirements in May, you may participate in ACC’s May commencement ceremony.

Where do I purchase my cap and gown and other graduation items?

Graduation items can be purchased at the ACC Bookstore.

What should I wear to my commencement ceremony?

Students are required to wear a black cap and gown.  It is suggested that graduates dress in accordance with the formality of this special occasion.  Please consider that high heeled shoes or boots can be a safety hazard when wearing the graduation regalia.  More information will be provided at orientation.

What should I bring to commencement?

Cap, tassel (worn on right temple before commencement) and gown. Make arrangements for a family member/friend to secure your other personal items such as purses, backpacks, flowers, balloons, etc. Items will not be held for guests or students.

Where is commencement held and how do I obtain tickets for my family and friends to attend?

Commencement ceremonies are held at the ACC campus in the gym with guests’ admittance by ticket only. Tickets for family and friends will be distributed to graduates at orientation. 

Closed circuit viewing of the ceremony is provided in the ACC Theater to accommodate guests without tickets or those guests who arrive after the ceremony begins. There is no late seating in the gym once the ceremony begins and tickets do not guarantee a seat after the ceremony has begun.

*Guests with special seating requests must call 281-756-3533 one week in advance to reserve seating or other accommodations and should arrive 40 minutes prior to the ceremony.

Can guests view the ceremony online?

Yes, ACC provides live stream viewing at

Will there be a photographer at commencement?

A professional photographer will be present to take photos of each graduate.  Students are not obligated to purchase photos.

How much time should I allow for the commencement ceremony?

Allow approximately 60-90 minutes for the ceremony itself.