6/23/2020 Effective with the spring 2020 semester, the previous Participant Policy allowing students to participate in a commencement ceremony prior to their official graduation semester has been temporarily suspended.
For example, for the August 2020 Virtual Commencement, the commencement program and virtual ceremonies marked as “spring graduates” would only include spring 2020 graduates whose degrees were awarded in May. Those students who have applied for graduation in summer 2020 and are on track to complete all degree requirements in August will appear in the commencement program and virtual ceremonies marked as “summer graduates”.
The Participant Policy will be reviewed again in the future, when the situation with COVID-19 improves and commencement ceremonies can be held in a more traditional manner.
The university is considering options for spring 2020 and summer 2020 graduates to attend a future commencement celebration. Until a decision is made, graduates will not be assigned to attend a future in-person commencement ceremony.
The Difference Between Participating in Commencement and Graduating
- have applied for graduation online by the posted semester deadline
- have had their application approved by their respective Advising Center or The Graduate College
- have completed all degree requirements
- have had final semester grades posted to their Texas State transcript
- have paid any outstanding fees owed to the University
- the Dean of the respective College, or Graduate College Dean, has certified candidates as graduates