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August 2020 Commencement

After exhausting every possible scenario, Texas State has made the difficult decision that it will not be possible to hold in-person commencement ceremonies in August 2020 for spring and summer graduates while adhering to the required social distancing measures. Instead, Texas State will share virtual commencement ceremonies on August 6, 7, and 8, 2020. Graduates will be contacted by email soon with details about virtual ceremonies.

President Trauth's announcement regarding commencement can be found here:

FAQs with more detail surrounding the decision and for other information, please visit


The regalia ordering system is now open! Spring and summer 2020 graduates can order regalia and have it shipped directly. Please visit


Please join us in singing the Texas State Alma Mater!

O, Alma Mater, set upon the green hills,
With turrets pointing upward to the sky,
We yield to thee our love and our devotion;
Mother of hopes and aspirations high.
Thy spirit urges us to deeds of valor,
Raising the fallen, cheering the oppressed;
Thy call will echo clearly down the ages,
Dear Alma Mater, mother loved and blessed.

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.

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, visit the Candidate Instructions page.

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