Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the attire for Commencement?
  • With whom do I speak to confirm that I am graduating and/or confirm the spelling of my name in the Commencement program?
  • Do degree candidates have to attend a rehearsal?
  • What if I have a question that was not answered by this website?
  • When will I receive my diploma?
  1. What is the attire for Commencement?
    The weather in Houston in May is very hot and humid. Attire is usually nice shirts, slacks, skirts, or dresses. Light colors and fabrics are recommended for the outdoor ceremonies.

  2. With whom do I speak with to confirm that I am graduating and/or confirm the spelling of my name in the Commencement program?
    Please notify the Office of the Registrar at registrar@rice.edu.
  3. Do degree candidates have to attend a rehearsal?
    No. Marshals will direct you during the ceremony.
  4. What if I have a question that was not answered by this website?
    Degree candidates should contact their college coordinator (undergraduates) or department coordinator (graduate students).
  5. When will I receive my diploma?
    The Office of the Registrar will place the diploma order on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. The processing and printing at the diploma company will take approximately four weeks and diplomas will be mailed to the address provided by degree candidates on the submitted application for graduation. The name displayed on your diploma and the address to which it will be mailed can be viewed and edited by logging into ESTHER and navigating to: ESTHER > Student Services > Graduation > Verify Diploma Information > Diploma Name and Address. If you wish to change the mailing address AFTER commencement, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 713-348-4999 or registrar@rice.edu to inquire if the address is able to be changed.