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Texas A&M University Galveston
Commencement Information


Ceremony Details

Texas A&M University at Galveston will host an in-person commencement ceremony for our August 2021 graduates.

Saturday, August 14, 2021
9:00 a.m.
Aggie Special Event Center
Texas A&M University at Galveston
200 Seawolf Parkway, Galveston, TX


  • All Summer 2021 degree candidates must apply for graduation in the Howdy Portal at
  • Graduation supplies, caps and gowns, announcements and other graduation accessories, are available for purchase through The Texas A&M University at Galveston Bookstore.
  • The TAMU Office of the Registrar will mail diplomas directly to the graduates following the ceremony after they have cleared. Please email degree-audit@tamu.eduwith questions.
  • Questions regarding commencement can be directed to the Office of Student Enrollment Services, 409.740.4414, or to


CEREMONY LOGISTICS (Information below is subject to change)

Graduates are asked to carefully read the ceremony logistics below to best prepare for participation in commencement.

  • Graduates should wear academic regalia. Cadets should to wear the assigned uniform, and Commissioning Cadets should wear choker whites. 
  • Graduates should arrive to the Aggie Special Events Center no later than 8:15 a.m. with their regalia. Graduates may begin check-in at 8 a.m.
  • Upon arrival, graduates will check-in and be provided honor stoles and cords if applicable.
  • After check-in, graduates will remain in the robing area to be lined up for the processional.
  • During the ceremony, graduates will be called to the stage by major.
  • Before the graduate’s name is called, the diploma tube will be provided just before walking on stage.
  • As the graduate's name name is called, they will cross the stage, stopping for a photo on stage. Immediately offstage, another area will be set up for a second photo. A link to purchasing photos will be added to the graduation website following the ceremony.

Graduate photograph ordering instructions (May 2021)

Double click on TAMUG Folder
Double click on:  ATMGalv May 2021 Graduation
Password:  aggrad21

Browse photos and make your selection. Follow purchase instructions and the photos will be mailed to you. Should you encounter any difficulty, please email the photographer at

Virtual Commencement Ceremonies


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.