Important Commencement FAQs

Additional FAQs can be found by clicking here.

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When will I receive my academic honor cords?

Undergraduate students who qualify for academic honors will receive their honor cords free of charge when they check in at commencement. For questions about eligibility, students should contact the academic advising center for their college.

What hood color should I purchase?

Hood colors for doctoral, specialist, and master's students can be found on The Graduate College website at:

What time should I arrive?

Candidates should arrive one hour early to check in. Candidates and guests should consider arriving 1.5 hours early in order to secure the most convenient parking and seating. Expect major traffic delays on Aquarena Springs Drive due to road construction.

Are tickets required for the ceremony?

Tickets are not required. However, candidates should limit their guests in attendance to no more than seven (7). Seating is available on a first come first served basis and guests arriving early can reserve one seat per person present.

Will commencement be streamed online?

Yes, the commencement ceremonies will be streamed live on the Commencement Website. Click WATCH LIVE.

What am I allowed to bring to the ceremony?

Please visit the webpage on Prohibited and Allowable Items for more information.

Spring 2016 Commencement

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 12, 13, and 14, 2016

Strahan Coliseum

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 10:00 a.m. WATCH LIVE

College of Education 1

   Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology

   Department of Curriculum and Instruction

 University College

 The Graduate College

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 2:00 p.m. WATCH LIVE

College of Science and Engineering

College of Education 2

   Department of Health and Human Performance

The Graduate College

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 6:00 p.m. WATCH LIVE

McCoy College of Business Administration

The Graduate College

Friday, May 13, 2016, 10:00 a.m. WATCH LIVE

College of Liberal Arts 1

   Department of Anthropology

   Department of English

   Department of Geography

   Department of Modern Languages

   Department of Philosophy

   Department of Psychology

   Department of Sociology

The Graduate College

Friday, May 13, 2016, 2:00 p.m. WATCH LIVE

College of Health Professions

College of Liberal Arts 2

   Center for International Studies

   Department of History

   Department of Political Science

The Graduate College

Saturday, May 14, 2016, 10:00 a.m. WATCH LIVE

College of Fine Arts and Communication

The Graduate College

Saturday, May 14, 2016, 2:00 p.m. WATCH LIVE

College of Applied Arts

The Graduate College

The Difference Between Participating in Commencement and Graduating

It is important that candidates and families understand the difference between "participating in commencement [walking across the stage]" and "graduating [receiving a diploma]".

Please visit the Candidate Instructions page for details.

Spring 2016 Graduation Application Deadline

The deadline to apply for spring graduation has passed.

For more information, please contact your Academic Advising Center (undergraduates) or the Graduate College (graduate students).

Watch Commencement Live from Our Jumbotron


While there is no substitute for attending a commencement ceremony in person, we recognize there are family and friends of graduates who are not able to travel to San Marcos. Therefore, Web-based streams of each ceremony will be available below by clicking "Watch Live". The links will be available a few weeks prior to the ceremony. Please note that delays or related issues may appear, depending on your computer processing speed and internet connection.

Your Name at Commencement

While applying for graduation, you may have noticed that your name needs to be updated in the University database. For example, adding your full middle name instead of just a middle initial.

In order to change your name with the University, you must submit a Personal Information Update Request with the Registrar's Office.

This name change will affect your diploma, the commencement program, your name Reader Card, and all other university documents.

For information regarding the graduation application, click here.

For diploma information, visit the Candidate Information webpage and the Registrar's Office website.

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