Texas A&M University Galveston Campus Commencement Ceremonies

Congratulations Aggie Graduates!

Your commencement ceremony is just around the corner and there are a important details you, your family, and friends should know.

Cap, Gown, Hood - Caps, gowns, and hoods should be ordered at the TAMUG Bookstore with the exception of cadets who are receiving their US Navy Commission or US Coast Guard License, who will wear the appropriate uniform.  Invitations can also be purchased through the TAMUG Bookstore.

Hotel Reservations - Hotel reservations for family and friends should be made as early as possible. It maybe be difficult to get last minute room reservations during tourist season.

Questions or concerns can be directed to Enrollment Services at 409.740.4414


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.

All degree candidates must apply for graduation in the Howdy Portal: Howdy.TAMU.edu.


Galveston Island Convention Center offers free parking via garage entrance levels 1 and 2 which are accessible from the side and rear of the convention center;
Additional parking is available behind The San Luis Resort with complimentary shuttle service to the convention center;

Seawall parking is also available at the owner's expense;

Parking in the Kroger parking lot is strictly forbidden, and vehicles are subject to towing at the owner's expense.

The Grand 1894 Opera House. Guests parking can be found in the garage at 2100 Market Street.  Parking is also available in lots located on the corner of 21st and Post Office Street, 21st and Market Street, 20th and Post Office Street as well as through pay by phone spaces throughout the downtown area. Fees are required for each parking area.

Improperly parked vehicles are subject to towing at the owner's expense.


Guest seating

The doors will be opened for guests one hour before the start of the ceremony. Seating is available first-come, first-serve. Large groups may want to arrive earlier to find their seats.

Services for Disabled or Mobility-Impaired Guests

Wheelchair space and seating for mobility-impaired guests are both available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are handicap parking spaces available at both Galveston Island Convention Center and The Grand Opera House. Ushers will be able to direct you to the appropriate seating area.  Wheel chairs are generally not available at the venue.

Ceremony Length

Commencement ceremonies vary from one hour up to two and half hours. Although visitors may leave their viewing area at anytime,  guests are asked to respect the other graduates by staying for the entire ceremony.  Graduates are required to remain for the entire ceremony.

Ceremonial Symbols

Academic Regalia

Throughout the world, academic institutions have created a wide variety of customs as they have attempted to indicate the accomplishments of scholars, through distinctive dress, color and ceremony. American academic regalia have developed from English traditions, which originated at Oxford and Cambridge, and have been in continual use in this country since colonial times. By the twentieth century, institutions of higher learning in the United States had adopted a well-defined system of academic costume which now includes the identification of the different academic degrees by distinctive gowns, hoods and colors.


The gonfalon, a flag that hangs from a crosspiece or frame, originated in the medieval republics of Italy as an ensign of state or office. Gonfalons have been adopted by many universities around the world as college or institutional insignias.

The gonfalon of Texas A&M University Galveston Campus and the eleven colleges of Texas A&M University all have similar maroon and white patterns. The white field common to all gonfalons serves as a background for the symbol of each college. The symbol of Texas A&M University Galveston Campus is the spiral pattern of the chambered nautilus shell which conforms to the mathematical formula derived from the Fibonacci series of numbers. The blue vertical bands behind it give stability to the vast open waters of the sea.

The Mace

The University mace, carried in ceremonial procession, symbolizes the rich history or Texas A&M University Galveston Campus. The head or the mace is made of Texas mesquite: inlaid on its front is a bronze University seal. A piece of teak from the original Texas Clipper (symbolizing maritime activities) and a piece of whale tooth ivory (symbolizing scientific research and teaching activities) are inlaid on the back of the mace. The foot and coupling between the staff and head are fashioned out of brass taken from the Texas Clipper II. As a coin is traditionally put under the step (bottom) of a mast, a 1962 penny is stepped in the brass foot to commemorate the year of the school's birth as the Texas A&M Maritime Academy. In the hollow center of the brass coupling between the staff and head is a small cavity, containing historical artifacts: a 1971 penny, symbolizing the year the school expanded beyond maritime subjects; a piece of Fort Crockett, the first Galveston building used by the school; and a piece of Kirkham Hall, the first building on the Mitchell Campus.

It was presented to the University in 2006 by Steven Conway, then Director of Information Services, who turned and finished the mesquite and assembled the mace. Trenton Thornton '86 milled the brass for the foot and coupling. Dr. Stephen Curley, Regents Professor, Department of Liberal Studies, suggested historical items to include in the construction.