Because the commencement ceremonies immediately follow final exams and prior to the posting of final grades, you will be given a Texas State diploma cover at commencement. Your diploma will be mailed to you after commencement.
Please leave all personal belongings (purses, jackets, etc.) with a family member or friend prior to arrival at the gyms. Texas State University is not responsible for any personal items left in the gyms or in the candidate seating in the arena.
Each ceremony is typically one and a half to two hours long. The time length of each ceremony differs due to the number of graduates and the semester in which the ceremony is held. Ceremonies in May and December are usually close to two hours in length, while ceremonies in August are closer to an hour and a half.
Candidates are grouped by academic college, then by level (doctoral, master's and bachelor's) alphabetically. This is the order in which candidates process into Strahan Arena, are seated, and are called during the diploma presentations.
To be eligible for graduation with honors, a student seeking a bachelor's degree must have completed at least 54 semester credit hours preceding graduation at Texas State. Calculation of the GPA to determine honors status is based on all Texas State work applied to the first bachelor's degree, including work completed in the final semester.
Hours earned through Texas State correspondence courses and extension courses count toward GPA and honors eligibility. Hours earned through Texas State credit-by-examination, work/life experience, and other courses that offer only “CR” (pass/fail) grades also count toward honors eligibility, but they do not count toward GPA. Remedial courses with a “CR” grade and graduate courses do not count toward honors eligibility or GPA.
Transfer students who have earned at least 54 semester hours at Texas State are eligible to graduate with honors if their Texas State GPAs meet the above criteria. Students earning second bachelor's degrees are eligible for graduation with honors if they complete 54 or more hours at Texas State in pursuit of their second degrees.
Undergraduate students earning a Texas State GPA of:
All students graduating with master's degrees have maintained an A or B average in their major and minor courses. Therefore, it is not acknowledged during the ceremony, nor is there special regalia required. Please check with your department to see if there is a special event that recognizes your achievements. Also, you will receive a congratulatory letter from the dean of The Graduate College if you have earned all A's in your major and minor courses.
Yes. Texas State University has arranged for a commercial photographer, Flash Photography, to take two different color photographs of each graduate during the diploma presentations. Please visit the Graduate Photos page for more information.
The ceremonies will not be filmed for commercial sale, but our guests are welcome to bring their own cameras or recorders. Live streaming of each ceremony will be available on the homepage of the commencement website.
If you are concerned about the pronunciation of your name, please contact your Academic Advising Center at www.advising.txstate.edu (undergraduate students) or the Graduate College at www.gradcollege.txstate.edu (graduate students). These offices will forward your information to the faculty member assigned to read names at the ceremony.
A speech will be delivered at each ceremony by the University President. If a keynote speaker is selected, he/she will choose one ceremony that semester in which to deliver their speech. For more information about current and past speakers, please visit the Keynote Speaker webpage by clicking here.
Commencement is a memorable experience in a student's life and we want that experience at Texas State to be safe and enjoyable. We ask that each candidate limit the number of guests in attendance to no more than seven (7) for May and December commencement ceremonies. This will allow all guests an opportunity to be seated in Strahan Arena and see their candidate walk across the stage. Tickets are not required.
Yes, the University Bookstore will have a booth inside the University Events Center with various gift items. Also, student organizations will be on site selling fresh flowers. See Merchandise for more information.