Attention Summer 2016 Graduates

Click on the links below for important commencement information:

Commencement Program

What to expect on commencement day

Cap, gown, invitation, and other merchandise

Live streaming

Parking and seating

Prohibited and allowable items


For other questions, please email

Summer 2016 Graduation Application Deadline

The deadline to apply for summer graduation has passed.

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

Summer 2016 Commencement

Friday, August 12, 2016

Strahan Coliseum

Friday, August 12, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

   College of Education

   College of Fine Arts and Communication

   College of Health Professions

   The Graduate College

Friday, August 12, 2016, 2:00 p.m.

   College of Liberal Arts

   College of Science and Engineering

   University College

   The Graduate College

Friday, August 12, 2016, 6:00 p.m.

   College of Applied Arts

   McCoy College of Business Administration

   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.

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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