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Commencement Ceremony

Chaneellor Brenda Hellyer speaking at commencement

Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 7 p.m.

NRG Stadium

One NRG Park  Houston, Texas 77054


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.

Watch the Live Stream of the ceremony

The live stream will be available 1 hour before the commencement ceremony. You can access the live stream here: San Jacinto Commencement Live

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: Dr. Lonnie L. Howard, President of Lamar Institute of Technology

Dr. Lonnie HowardThe son of a Southeast Texas sharecropper, Lonnie was born in a four-room shack with no indoor plumbing. Placed in remedial classes and not viewed as college material, he had few options after high school except to join the U.S. Army. Following his honorable discharge but having no employment skills, Lonnie’s first job was as a janitor in an industrial shop. Life continued to be difficult. At times, he was almost homeless, had no reliable transportation, and only ate a half can of ‘sweet peas’ in the morning and the other half that evening

Despite these hardships, Lonnie never forgot his mother’s optimistic saying, “It doesn’t matter where you start…the important thing is where you finish.” Fortunately, he did work his way up from being a janitor to become a certified welder, crane operator, QC inspector, computer-aided drafter, and senior HR/staffing recruiter.

Today, Lonnie is in his second college presidency and has achieved remarkable outcomes increasing enrollment, completion rates, governance, and helping to generate $15.7M in auxiliary revenue. He first served as the President of Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, Washington and is now the President of Lamar Institute of Technology in Beaumont, Texas.

Lonnie did not graduate with an associate until age 36; less than 12 years later, he had a total of five college degrees: A.A.S., A.G.S., B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. (University of Texas at Austin). Lonnie also completed postdoctoral training in strategic business management (Harvard University) and emerging leadership (Penn State University). His career progression has been rapid; serving in key teaching/administrative positions such as Faculty, Department Chair, Research Associate, Educational Consultant, and Associate Vice President of Instruction, Vice President of Academic Affairs-Interim, Director of University Outreach, and Executive Director of the School of Continuing & Professional Studies at the University of Houston.

As a single parent, Lonnie adopted a toddler who had been previously sold for drugs at three-weeks old. Now age 24, his son (Matthew) is completing a Ph.D. in English Literature.