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Candidate Instructions


Commencement is a special time to celebrate your academic achievements. In order to prepare for the virtual commencement ceremonies, please review the following carefully.

Virtual Commencement

Texas State will hold virtual commencement ceremonies on Saturday, August 8, 2020, beginning at 10:00 a.m. CDT.  The main ceremony, containing traditional ceremony elements such as remarks and degree conferral, will be streamed beginning at 10:00 a.m. CDT. Immediately following the main ceremony, individual college ceremonies will be available on the same website for viewing.

Graduates and guests are encouraged to visit the August 2020 Virtual Commencement FAQ page for details.

We look forward to celebrating with you in August!

Graduation Application

The Graduation Application for summer 2020 is now closed.

For more information, please contact your Academic Advising Center (Undergraduates) or The Graduate College (Graduate students).


To be eligible to participate in your commencement ceremony, the following requirements must be met:

  • Applied for graduation during the official period
  • Cleared all university holds for financial obligations

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 Office of the University Registrar.

This name change will affect your diploma, the commencement program, how your name is displayed during the ceremony, and all other university documents.

Academic Regalia

While academic regalia is not required for the virtual ceremonies, graduates may choose to order their regalia as a keepsake or for photographs.

We encourage all undergraduate candidates to wear the official regalia (black cap and gown, maroon and gold tassel) which can be purchased through Balfour, It is recommended that you purchase your cap and gown by July 12, 2020 to avoid any unnecessary delay or inconveniences on your virtual commencement day. 

Wearing cords and stoles and cap decorating is permitted as long as it is appropriate and relates to academic celebration. Gowns may not be altered in any way including, but not limited to, patches, embroidery, paint, flowers, beads, or the addition of fabrics or other materials.

NOTE: Undergraduate students should wear their tassel on the right side of their cap until degrees are conferred and then the tassel may be moved to the left side of the cap to signify degree confirmation.

Graduate Master’s and Specialist candidates may purchase their official regalia (cap, hood, Master’s gown, and tassel) from Balfour, prior to the virtual ceremony.  Hood colors vary depending on your academic program; see here for hood colors.

Graduate Doctoral candidates may rent their official regalia (tam, Doctoral robe, and tassel) through Balfour, For information on Texas State gown and hood colors, please visit The Graduate College website.

For information regarding honor cords and stoles, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Undergraduate Students Graduating with Texas State Honors

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:
3.40-3.59 will graduate Cum Laude
3.60-3.79 will graduate Magna Cum Laude
3.80-4.00 will graduate Summa Cum Laude

For the August 2020 Virtual Commencement, eligible spring graduate and summer candidates will receive their honor cords in the mail. Mailing will begin mid-July.

Commencement Program

Commencement Programs will be available online prior to the virtual commencement ceremonies. PDFs of the commencement program will be available here.


Graduates will receive their diplomas by mail after commencement.

For the August 2020 Virtual Commencement, spring graduates and approved summer candidates will receive a Texas State University diploma cover in the mail. Mailing will begin mid-July.

For questions about your diploma and mailing address, please contact the Office of the University Registrar.

Commemorative Commencement Items

Each spring graduate and summer approved candidate will receive a diploma cover, honor cords (if applicable), and a commencement program via mail. Mailing will begin mid-July. Commencement programs for summer candidates will be mailed separately from the diploma cover and other items.

Commencement Survey

Share and rate your commencement experience by participating in the Student Commencement Survey which will be emailed to you after the virtual commencement ceremonies.

Thank you!