Families & Guests

Families & Guests

Commencement For Families & Guests


Guest Information
Guests are encouraged to arrive early for the ceremony. Guest Tickets are not required for the ceremony and there are no limits to the number of guests a graduate may bring. When the arena reaches its full capacity, all guest will be directed to the campus overflow site.


Our commitment to accessibility applies to all of our Commencement ceremonies. Wheelchair space and seating for mobility-impaired guests are located on the 2nd floor of the arena. Ushers will be available with directions and assistance. Wheelchairs are not available at the arena. Sign language interpreters will be located on the commencement stage.


Parking & Shuttle Service
Designated parking lots will be available for graduates, faculty/staff, and guests. Please Click here for additional information.

Preparing for Commencement

The families and guests of our graduates are a key part of Commencement ceremonies at Texas Southern University (TSU). We welcome you to our campus with open arms. To make your visit as smooth as possible, there are various accessibility-related services you can use, transportation advice and maps to help you get to where you need to be. Congratulations on celebrating your graduate. We hope to see you during Commencement.

Guest Tips

  • Guests should avoid loud cheering and other distractions to allow families of other candidates to hear their name read.
  • Guests and Candidates should coordinate a place and time to meet after the ceremony.
  • Guests should not block the venue entrances/exits doors.
  • Guests are asked to refrain from bringing signs and other large items that may block the view of other guests.
  • The use of bullhorns, air horns, and other disruptive devices are prohibited in the arena.
  • Guests will not be permitted on the arena floor to snap pictures during the ceremony.
  • Guests are restricted from entering the arena floor to mingle with the candidates during the ceremony.
  • Flowers, balloons and other celebratory items are restricted on the floor during the ceremony.

Tour Our Campus

Use the Virtual Tour to prepare for your visit to TSU, and the Commencement ceremonies. You can come prepared, by finding the locations for all of the events on your schedule and understanding how to get there.


For guests who will be traveling to Houston from long distances, we want to help ensure that you have all the information you need to make your stay in the city as comfortable as possible. The section below highlights a few of the hotels near the campus.

Hotels Near TSU

Howard Johnson Express Inn Astrodome/Medical Center
9604 Main St.
Houston, TX 77025
Wyndham Houston Medical Center Hotel & Suites
6800 South Main Street,
Houston, TX 77030
SpringHill Suites by Marriott (Medical Center / Reliant park)
1400 Old Spanish Trail
Houston, TX 77054

Courtyard by Marriott-West University
2929 Westpark Dr,
Houston, TX 77005
Sheraton Suites Galleria
2400 W. Loop S.
Houston, TX 77007
713-586-2444 or 800-325-3535