Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the attire for Commencement?
  • What is the inclement weather plan for Undergraduate Convocation and Plenary Commencement in Rice Stadium?
  • Who is the Commencement speaker?
  • How do Class of 2020 and 2021 graduates confirm their intent to participate in this year's ceremonies?
  • With whom do I speak to confirm that I am graduating and/or confirm the spelling of my name in the Commencement program?
  • Will there be any ticketing or limitations on guest seating this year?
  • 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?

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. For safety, we recommend that all students and guests wear sensible shoes due to the surfaces at the stadium (turf field, asphalt and stairs).

What is the inclement weather plan for Undergraduate Convocation and Plenary Commencement in Rice Stadium?
Ceremonies will take place in the stadium, rain or shine. To stay up to date with the latest information, please text 2022RICEGRAD to 888-777. You may opt out at any time by replying STOP. For help, reply HELP. Standard messaging and data rates may apply.

Who is the Commencement speaker?
Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, has been announced as Rice’s 2022 commencement speaker.

How do Class of 2020 and 2021 graduates confirm their intent to participate in this year's ceremonies?
Class of 2020 and 2021 graduates who did not previously walk last year are welcome to participate. Please note that you must confirm your intent to participate by contacting registrar@rice.edu.

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.

Will there be any ticketing or limitations on guest seating this year?
No tickets will be issued for Rice University Convocation ceremonies or Plenary Commencement. There are no seating capacity limitations this year at this time and all seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Do degree candidates have to attend a rehearsal?
No. Marshals will direct you during the ceremony.

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). General questions can also be directed to commencement@rice.edu.

When will I receive my diploma?
The Office of the Registrar will place the diploma order around Tuesday, June 1, 2022. 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.