Congratualtions! 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 (email address??? - does TAMUG do this?) with your questions.
You must complete an application for graduation 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
Cap and gown for Baccalaureate Degree Candidates
Cap and gown for Master's Degree Candidates
Cap and gown for Doctoral Degree Candidates
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.
All veterans of U.S. military services attending commencment 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.
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 canidates 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 degree-audit @tamu.edu from their official TAMUG email account.
The following describes proper use of the official A&M graduation announcements.
Thank you Notes
Standing En Masse:
Distribution of Diplomas:
Returning to your seat:
Licensing and Commissioning:
After all graduates have recessed out, everyone is free to return and join their family and friends.