Final Degree Audit/Graduation Clearance Policy

The following policy has been approved and will enable Office of the Registrar staff to certify and order diplomas, with appropriate honors, as quickly as possible for August graduates.

Summer 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on events and public gatherings, Summer graduation ceremonies will be postponed.
 
Diplomas for all Professional, Doctoral, Master’s and Bachelor’s students will be mailed upon verification of completion of all degree requirements in August. These diplomas will be mailed to the address the degree candidate provided on their application for graduation (normal mailing costs are being waived). Degree Candidates can verify that address in Howdy and notify the Office of the Registrar of any changes or corrections by contacting graduation@tamu.edu.
 
Grades for all degree candidates are due at 12 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, 2020.  The final degree evaluation process will be conducted that evening and the Graduation clearance checks for undergraduate students will be available after 10 p.m. that night. This information may be accessed at https://howdy.tamu.edu on the “My Record” tab. Graduate degree candidates who have questions about their status may contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies on or after Friday, August 7,  2020 by calling 979-845-3631.
 
Degree Candidates not clearing for graduation on August 6 will have until 5 p.m. the first Friday of the following semester (August 21, 2020) to clear all degree requirements. Candidates not cleared by this date must reapply for graduation for a future term and pay the diploma fee again.

Financial Obligations

In addition to diplomas being withheld at commencement for candidates who do not pass the final degree audit, diplomas are also withheld from graduates who have failed to settle all financial obligations with the university in accordance with university and state rules. Students may review their account balance online to determine if there are any unsettled obligations that may prevent receiving their diplomas in the commencement ceremonies.

Diploma Information

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the decision to postpone Summer graduation ceremonies, all diplomas for Summer 2020 graduates will be mailed to the address the degree candidate provided on their application for graduation. Diplomas will be mailed as quickly as possible once a student has all degree requirements posted and their degree has been officially conferred. These diplomas will not be available for pick up. Please refer to the Graduation Clearance Policy for more information regarding changes to diploma distribution for Summer 2020.

Transcripts

Official TAMU transcript orders may placed be online at https://howdy.tamu.edu. Call 979.845.1066 for additional information.

Application for Degree

All students planning to graduate at the end of the current semester may file applications for degrees online

This online application system will be accessible 24 hours a day, every day, until 11:59pm on the 60th class day of the fall or spring semester, or the 15th class day of the second summer term. After that time, students must apply for graduation in the Office of Student Enrollment Services.

A diploma fee of $47.50 is assessed for each graduation application submitted. Students who are permitted to apply after the initial deadline (see academic calendar) will be charged an additional $50 late application fee per degree. Late applicants may not receive their diplomas on graduation day due to the length of time needed for printing. Arrangements should be made for these diplomas to be picked up or mailed.

Application Deadlines

 

  • August 2020
    • All students planning to graduate in August 2020 must apply for graduation online at https://howdy.tamu.edu beginning May 13, 2020 on the My Record tab.
    • Graduation applications submitted after July 3, 2020 will be assessed a late fee.
    • The last day to apply for May graduation is August 3, 2020.

The application dates for future semesters are subject to change.

Tuition Rebates for Certain Undergraduates

Certain undergraduate students who meet all of the predetermined state mandated requirements may be entitled to a $1,000 rebate upon completion of their first baccalaureate degree. Students must apply PRIOR to 5 p.m. on the Friday of commencement. A student may apply for the tuition rebate by selecting the "Apply for the Tuition Rebate" link in the Graduation channel on the My Record tab in Howdy. Students will not be able to apply for the rebate until a graduation application has been submitted.

http://registrar.tamu.edu/Catalogs,-Policies-Procedures/State-Policies/Tuition-Rebate

Copies of Diplomas

Has your diploma become lost or damaged? The Office of the Registrar handles orders for copies of diplomas awarded in the past. Duplicate diploma information can be found on the Registrar’s website.