Graduation ceremony schedule, venue information available for the Class of 2018

Hundreds of HISD seniors will walk across the stage this spring during graduation ceremonies planned for May 26 through June 9.

Most ceremonies will take place at various locations around the city (primarily the Barnett Fieldhouse, Butler Fieldhouse, Delmar Fieldhouse, NRG Arena, NRG Stadium, Texas Southern University campus, and Wilkins Pavilion).

A few will be taking place early (HSPVA and E-STEM on May 26 and May 31, respectively) or later (Liberty HS on June 10), so be sure to check the schedule for times and locations at


For ceremonies taking place at Wilkins Pavilion, two overflow lots will be available in addition to a small number of spaces at the Pavilion. The two overflow locations will be at Shadydale Elementary School (5905 Tidwell) and at the Northeast Multi-Service Center (9720 Spaulding St., at the corner of Tidwell and Homestead Road), less than a mile away. HISD will be running air-conditioned shuttle buses to and from the Wilkins Pavilion so that we can lessen potential traffic problems.

For ceremonies held at NRG Arena and NRG Stadium, parking in surrounding lots will be $12 per vehicle. Cash is the preferred method of payment. For a map of the lots surrounding the NRG complex, click here.

Parking for ceremonies at Texas Southern University will be $5 per vehicle, and cash is preferred.

Venue rules

Some important considerations for all venues include:

  • No flowers, balloons, banners, signs, noise makers, food or drinks will be allowed into the venue. If water is needed for medical reasons, HISD officers should be notified.
  • Students should only enter with cap and gown.
  • No cell phones or other electronic devices will be allowed on the venue floor by students.
  • The doors will open one hour prior to the graduation ceremony time.