Information for Students

Commencement Regalia

Commencement regalia (cap, gown, and tassel packages) are available for purchase at the Office of Enrollment Management at the Lerma-Peña building room 131 at the Ft. McIntosh Campus. Please note, students participating in the Commencement ceremony must purchase their own college approved commencement regalia at the Laredo College Enrollment Management Office by May 9, 2024

 Cap and Gown

Cost: $42.00


Official College Stoles are available for purchase at the Laredo College Bookstore Ft. McIntosh Campus.


 LC Stole

Cost: $44.50

No commencement regalia will be sold the day of the ceremony.

Dual Enrollment High School students and candidates for graduation are highly encouraged to wear their High School commencement regalia for recognition and distinction. Any questions regarding commencement regalia for Dual Enrollment students must be directed to the High School administrator.


Institutional Honors

Only those candidates who have applied for a degree are eligible to graduate with Institutional Honors. This excludes candidates graduating with a certificate. Graduates will be granted institutional honors respective to their cumulative GPA excluding non-developmental courses. The criterion is as follows:

  • Cum Laude: GPA of at least 3.2 but less than 3.4 (One gold cord). 
  • Magna Cum Laude: GPA of at least 3.5 but less than 3.7 (Two gold cords).
  • Summa Cum Laude: GPA of at least 3.8 to 4.0 (Two white cords).


Graduation Pictures


Information & Guidelines for Students

  • Tickets for guest entry are not required. 
  • Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and reserving seats is not permitted.
  • Students will enter the Sames Auto Arena for line up through Gate D only. 
  • Guests may use Gates B, C and the Main Entrance to enter the Sames Auto Arena. 
  • The gown can be lightly pressed with a warm iron/steamer.
  • Caps should be worn level on the head with the long point at the back.
  • Tassels are worn over the right temple.



  • Graduates should wear simple, lightweight casual outfits, comfortable shoes, button-up shirts with a tie,  dress slacks, and business professional attire.


Frequently Asked Questions 

Will the Commencement Ceremony be recorded? 
Yes, the ceremony will be recorded and live-streamed. 
Where will the Commencement Ceremony be live-streamed? 
Expect the streaming link soon! 
Will my family/friends need a ticket to enter? 
No, admissions to the Sames Auto Arena are free and open to the public on a first come-first serve basis.
Will I receive my diploma the day of the ceremony? 
No, your diploma will be ready for pickup four weeks after the ceremony.
When can I pick up my honors cord? 
The honors cords are available once GPA is calculated for academic institutional honors on Wednesday, May 8, 2024. You may pick up your cords at the Office of the Registrar, located in the Lerma Peña building, room 116.
What is the difference between academic and institutional honors? 
Academic honors are based on your calculated GPA, while institutional honors are based on special recognition programs for incoming students.