Congratulations! As you enter your final semester at Texas A&M University at Galveston, there are several important dates and details about graduation you will want to know. Find them all right here, or email us at with your questions.

Application for Degree

You must complete an application for graduation in the Howdy Portal before you can participate in graduation ceremony and receive a diploma.

Cap & Gown

All graduates who walk the stage to receive their diploma must wear the appropriate commencement attire and are required to wear the TAMUG regalia for the degree they will be awarded. Any modifications to the required regalia must be approved by the University President through the TAMUG Commencement Committee. At this time, only University Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, and US military veterans and service members have recognized unique designations. Corps of Cadets and military personnel should refer to relevant information near the bottom of this page.


Note: Starting Spring 2014 Texas A&M began using a custom Texas A&M gown for undergraduate and master degree candidates in place of the black design used previously. The Commencement Committee at Texas A&M authorized doctoral candidates to wear the custom maroon A&M robe during the commencement ceremonies. The custom Texas A&M robe is maroon with black velvet/velveteen chevrons and black velvet/velveteen front panels. The mortarboard or tam is also black. The doctoral hood is black fabric trimmed with velvet (associated with your doctoral degree) and the maroon and white satin on the inside.

Cap & Gown may be ordered and distributed by Texas A&M University bookstore located in the Sea Aggie Center. 409-740-4812


Specifically at Texas A&M: The tassel is worn on the right side when going forward to receive the diploma. This practice has nothing to do with tradition or protocol standards. Instead the official reason is because of the photographer's camera angle – if the tassel were on the left side, it would appear in the middle of their face. Unlike some schools, Texas A&M does not have its graduates switch their tassels from one side to the other on cue. Instead, each graduate switches it as they approach the opposite end of the stage after receiving their diploma.

Line Formation Etiquette


  1. Plan to arrive one half hour before the start of the ceremony.
  2. When you arrive, bring your regalia and come to the robing room.
  3. You will be seated by majors in alphabetical order. You will be placed in order while in the robing room.
  4. Each major will be led in by a faculty marshal.
  5. Please stay in order during the processional.
  6. Pay attention to who will begin a new row. If you are the first person in a row just lift or remove the ribbons reserving the row and proceed to the end.


  1. The processional will be led by the Executive Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer (CAO).
  2. The CAO will be followed by the remaining members of the stage party.
  3. The stage party are followed by the faculty (department heads and any others who are not acting as faculty marshals), then by your faculty marshals and then the graduates.
  4. The processional center from the rear of the facility proceeding past the audience to the front of the event space.
  5. The stage party will continue onto the stage, the faculty will turn left into their reserved rows.  Graduates and faculty marshals will turn right into additional reserved rows.

Standing En Masse:

  1. Please pay careful attention to the program and those speaking from the podium for your cues.
  2. When you are unsure as to whether to stand, take your cue from the stage party. If the Stage Party is standing, then you should as well. 

Distribution of Diplomas:

  1. During the conferring of diplomas, graduates are asked to rise and come forward by degrees.
  2. Each group should move to the area right of the stage (as you face it).
  3. Move in groups of 1 row at a time and stay in order.
    • The faculty marshal will remain with the graduates until the first person for that major enters the stage, at which point the marshal moves to the “hand-shaking position” where s/he is joined by the department head or representative.
    • Graduates are to wait at the bottom of the stage steps for their name to be called.
  4. The Chief Operating Officer (COO) will hand the diploma to the graduate from their left hand and extend the right to shake hands. The diploma should be taken with the left hand.
  5. Your hand and diploma will not be released until the photographer has taken the photo.  Please stand still and face the photographer.
  6. Proceed across the stage and shake hands with each person standing in the line. (Generally, system representatives, members of the Board of Regents, and/or others from the stage party may be a part of the line.)
  7. After exiting the stage, stop at the flags for a second photograph.  Remain until the photographer has completed this photograph.  Pick up the informational card with instructions on accessing your photo online.

Returning to your seat:

  1. Return to the same row after exiting the stage. The idea is to keep everything moving smoothly and gracefully and to prevent people from passing in front of each other obscuring the audience's view of the stage.
  2. It is not important that you end up in the exact same seat.

Graduate Degrees:

  1. Graduate degrees are awarded first.
  2. If you are receiving a graduate degree, please hand your hood to one of the stage organizers in the student robing area upon arrival prior to the ceremony.
  3. When the graduate is called onto the stage, hooding is completed prior to being handed the diploma.
  4. The hooding is usually done by the graduate advisors. If you have someone in particular you wish to hood you, please let Amber Booth,, know as soon as possible.

Licensing and Commissioning:

  1. The licensing and commissioning portion of the ceremony is the only part of the ceremony where a graduate may have to excuse themselves to get out of the middle of a row. The cadet must return to the same seat following this portion of the ceremony.
  2. The cadets will be called onto the stage for the licensing oath as a group.
    • Cadets - line up in the area indicated by the Corps Commander, at a slight angle facing both the podium and the audience with 6-9 to a row.
    • Taller graduates as asked to stand in the rear and shorter ones in the front if there are a sufficient number to merit more than one row.
  3. Upon completion of the oath each cadet’s name will be called.
    • Step forward, receive an envelope, and shake hands with the officer who administered the oath.
    •  Proceed shaking hands with the person calling your name, and the MARAD  representative, if present, before returning to your seat.
  4. Cadets being commissioned should remain on stage but move toward the rear.
    • Following licensing, cadets being commissioned will be called forward (this will include those who are receiving a commission but not a license).
    • The Officer in Charge of Naval Science will administer the commissioning oath.
  5. At the conclusion of the licensing and commissioning portion of the ceremony all cadets should have returned to their original seats with the other graduates.


  1. At the conclusion of the ceremony, everyone will stand for the playing of the Aggie War Hymn.
  2. The Recessional will follow the singing portion of the Aggie War Hymn in the following order:
    • The CAO leads the Reception
    • The stage party follows the CAO
    • The faculty will follow the stage party
    • Graduates follow the faculty out of the event space.

After all graduates have recessed out, everyone is free to return and join their family and friends.

General Information:

  1. Please remind your family and friends to avoid blocking the view of other guests in the audience if they must get up and take photographs during the ceremony.
  2. Photographs can be ordered from the event photographers approximately a week after the ceremony. The photographer contact information can be found on the commencement webpage.
  3. When greeted with Howdy!, please respond enthusiastically.
  4. Your tassel goes on the right prior to receiving your diploma. You may move it to the left afterward as you exit the stage and before you take the photo. Do not move your tassel as you are walking down the stairs from the stage.


All veterans of U.S. military services attending commencement in regalia will be wearing red, white and blue cords symbolizing their service to the United States.


Texas A&M Graduates who complete the GPR requirements are awarded a gold satin stole to wear with their commencement robes. The University presents the stoles to Latin Honor graduates in recognition of their accomplishments.

Students graduating with Galveston Honors must complete 18 hours of Honors coursework. Students must maintain at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point ratio with at least a 3.25 grade point ratio in Honors coursework. Galveston Honors graduates will be wearing a maroon and white patch on their Latin Honors Stole.

Unless otherwise specified below, designation as an honors graduate requires that the degree candidate have completed at least 60 credit hours at Texas A&M University, and that they have at least a 3.50 GPA. The specific honors levels are as follows:

3.50 - 3.69 GPA = Cum Laude
3.70 - 3.89 GPA = Magna Cum Laude
3.90 - 4.00 GPA = Summa Cum Laude

Stoles for honor graduates will be distributed during line-up before graduation. These stoles may be kept by the graduate after the ceremony.

TAMU Student Rules specify certain credits that are excluded from the calculation.

Non-Attendance at Graduation

Attendance at the graduation ceremony is based on the information provided in the online degree application. The option is available to pick up diplomas or have them mailed for a $4 mailing fee. Typically, diplomas are placed in the mail on the first Wednesday the University is open after the commencement ceremonies (December diplomas will not be sent until January).

Diplomas are not automatically mailed for degree candidates who indicate they are attending but do not ultimately attend.

Degree candidates who would like to change their attendance for graduation may send an email to Susan Stakes, from their official TAMUG email account.

Announcement Etiquette

The following describes proper use of the official A&M graduation announcements.

  • Announcements include two envelopes. The outer envelope, with the gummed flap, is the mailing envelope. It should be addressed as legibly as you can with black or blue ink. Avoid using abbreviations in the mailing address;
  • The inner envelope, without the gummed flap, holds the announcement. Address it informally;
  • If children are included with the announcement, their names should only appear on the inner envelope;
  • Place the announcement in the smaller envelope, folded edge inserted first, with the announcement front facing the flap. You may fasten the flap using a foil etiquette seal, or leave it untucked;
  • Insert the inner envelope into the mailing envelope with its flap facing the mailing address side;
  • Send your announcements via first class mail ten days to two weeks prior to the ceremony.

Thank you Notes

  • A short note of thanks, written by hand, should go to everyone who had sent a gift;
  • This note should acknowledge the gift and be sent as promptly as possible.