COMMENCEMENT  DATES

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 9:00am

Location: Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd., Galveston
Graduates are asked to arrive no later than 8:30am in Robing Room.
Stage Party members are are asked to arrive in Robing Room no later than 8:30am.

Regalia

All graduates who participate in the commencement ceremony must wear the appropriate commencement attire and the TAMUG regalia for the degree to be awarded. Degree candidates may purchase the regalia (cap and gown) at the Texas A&M University bookstore, located in the Sea Aggie Center. Phone: (409) 740-4812

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.

Line Formation Guidelines

Arrival:

  • Plan to arrive at ceremony no later than 8:15 am
  • When you arrive, report to the robing room; signage will be posted at the Convention Center
  • Graduates will be lined up by major, in alphabetical order, in the robing room.
  • Each major will be led in by a faculty marshal.
  • Graduates must stay in order during the processional and sit in the same order
  • It is imperative for graduates to pay attention to who will begin a new row when lining up for the processional, as the rows are determined by the number of graduates attending and each graduate is assigned a seat in the order the diplomas will be distributed.

Processional:

  • The processional is led by the Executive Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer (CAO).
  • The stage party follows the CAO, and faculty and graduates follow the stage party
  • The processional enters from the back of the facility, walking up the middle row to the front of the event space.
  • The stage party continues onto the stage, the faculty turns left into reserved faculty rows, and graduates and faculty marshals turn right into reserved rows.

Standing En Masse:

  • During the ceremony, the graduates will stand as a group several times; graduates should listen closely and follow the program for cues.
  • If unsure about whether to stand, take cues from the stage party. If the stage party members are standing, graduates should also stand.

Distribution of Diplomas:

  • During the distribution of diplomas, graduates are asked to rise and come forward by program (major)
  • Graduate degrees are awarded first.
  • Each major will walk up to the area on the right of stage, one row at a time
  • Please note:
    • The faculty marshal will remain with the graduates until the first person for that major walk onto the stage, then marshal walks to the other end of the stage (not walking across the stage) and waits for the graduates to exit the stage.
    • Graduates wait at the bottom of the stage steps for until their name is called to receive the diploma.
  • The Chief Academic Officer 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.
  • Your hand and diploma will not be released until the photographer has taken the photo.  Please stand still and face the photographer.
  • 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.)
  • After exiting the stage, stop at the flags for a second photograph.  Remain until the photographer has completed this photograph.  
  • Graduates will return to the same row after exiting the stage. It is not important that to return to the same seat or maintain the order of the line when returning to seats.

Note for Graduate Students:

  • Graduate degree candidates will drop off hoods upon arrival to the robing room. Enrollment Services staff will collect hoods and take them to the stage prior to the start of the ceremony.
  • As each graduate student’s name is announced for the diploma, hooding is completed prior to the diploma and photo.
  • The hooding is usually completed by the graduate advisor or department head. Graduate students with a specific request for hooding should contact Amber Booth, bootha@tamug.edu.

Licensing and Commissioning:

  • The licensing and commissioning portion of the ceremony will be led by the Superintendent of the Texas A&M Maritime Academy.

Recessional:

  • At the conclusion of the ceremony, everyone will stand for the playing of the Aggie War Hymn.
  • The Recessional will follow the singing portion of the Aggie War Hymn in the following order:
    • The CAO leads the stage party and faculty in the recessional, and graduates follow the faculty
    • After all graduates have recessed out of the ceremony, graduates are free to stay for photos with family and friends

General Information for Graduates:

  • When greeted with Howdy!, during the ceremony, please respond enthusiastically!
  • 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.
  • Photographs will be available for ordering approximately one week after the ceremony. The photographer contact information is located under the “Order Photos” tab of the commencement webpage.

Veterans

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.

Honors

Texas A&M University graduates who meet requirements for graduating with University Honors will be wearing a gold satin stole to at commencement. The University presents the stoles to Latin Honor graduates in recognition of their accomplishments. The stoles for honor graduates will be distributed during line-up before the commencement ceremony.

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

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

Attendance at Commencement Ceremony

Attendance at the graduation ceremony is based upon the information provided by degree candidates in the online degree application. For graduates who do not attend the commencement ceremony, the options for receipt of diploma include pick up or mailing. For graduates requesting mailing of diplomas, a fee of $4 is assessed, and diplomas will be available beginning the week after commencement ceremonies in May and August, and the first week in January for December.  

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

Degree candidates who change the attendance (from attending to not attending, or not attending to attending) may email to Susan Stakes, stakess@tamug.edu from their official TAMUG email account to facilitate updates to program and mailing requests for diplomas.