Frequently Asked Questions

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 the Commencement Ceremonies in Rice Stadium?
The Jones School Commencement and Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies will take place in the stadium, rain or shine. A special text communication system will be set up to share any vital updates. Please stay tuned for those details.

Who is the Commencement speaker?
Please stay tuned for an announcement regarding the Spring 2024 Commencement speaker.

Can I declare my intention to participate in a Spring 2024 Commencement Ceremony if I chose not to walk at May 2020 or May 2021 Convocation Ceremonies?
Please contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@rice.edu if you elected not to walk in earlier Convocation Ceremonies and would like to participate in a May 2024 Commencement Ceremony. Receiving formal approval will be required for participation.

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 contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@rice.edu.

Will there be any ticketing or limitations on guest seating this year?
Tickets will not be issued for Rice University Commencement ceremonies. There are no seating capacity limitations 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 degree candidates during the ceremony.

When will I receive my diploma?
The Office of the Registrar will place the diploma order in early June 2024. 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.

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.