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.
*The West garage will be open and the overflow lot will be located in S1. Please pay attention to traffic and freeway closures, and give yourself extra time to travel to and from the campus. Portions of the I-10 & 59/69 interchange, as well as the 288/Southmore Blvd. exit, may be closed or limited.

Tour Our Campus

Link to take-a-tour photo

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.


Link to Hotel Recommendations

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 713-796-1000
Howard Johnson Express Inn Astrodome/Medical Center
9604 Main St.
Houston, TX 77025
Sheraton Suites Galleria
2400 W. Loop S.
Houston, TX 77007
713-586-2444 or 800-325-3535