Frequently Asked Questions

Graduation and commencement are typically confused as the same event. Graduation is the process of being awarded a degree. Commencement is an event the college provides free of charge to students at the end of the spring semester.

No, participating in commencement is free of charge.

No, tickets are not required.

Only students who have applied for graduation are allowed to participate in commencement ceremonies. Students who will have completed their BAT, AA, AS, AAT or AAS degree requirements during the following semesters are eligible to participate in the May commencement ceremony: Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, or Summer 2019.

If you are a Veteran or active duty military, you may wear your dress uniform instead of the traditional cap and gown if you choose. Military stoles will be provided by the college at Grad Fest. You must indicate branch of service on the commencement participation form.

Yes. Rehearsals will be announced on the commencement and graduation home page

You can learn about what to wear at commencement on the regalia page.

You will be provided with a timeline for commencement day at Grad Fest. This includes arrival time. Please keep in mind that traffic will be heavier than normal around the college on commencement day. Be sure to allow yourself extra travel time, as well as time to find parking.

It's important to note that trains frequently block the intersection of Old Angleton Road and College Blvd.

All participants and guests should park in the Blue Lot in front of the Dow Academic Center. Red Lot parking will be reserved for special guests, staff and faculty.

No. Actual degrees are not awarded at the commencement ceremony. Graduation status will be reviewed by the Registrar's Office and you will be notified when diplomas are ready for pick-up via your Brazosport College email address. (Typically eight weeks after commencement.)

Degrees are not officially awarded until after the commencement ceremonies. Graduation status will be reviewed by the Registrar's Office and you will be notified when diplomas are ready for pick-up via your Brazosport College email address. (Typically eight weeks after commencement.)

If you or a family member is in need of assistance, please fill out the Commencement Accommodation Form below and submit it to the Registrar's Office via fax at (979) 230-3376 or via email at as soon as possible.

Commencement Accommodation Form

All Dow Academic Center restrooms are accessible for guests with disabilities. All restrooms are identified by signage with the handicap symbol.

Contact the
Registrar's Office

Office Hours
Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


(979) 230-3000

(979) 230-3376

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