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How and when do I apply for graduation?

Refer to  Applying for Graduation


Where and when is the ceremony? How long does the ceremony last?

The Commencement ceremony will be held at the American Bank Center Arena and lasts for approximately 2 hours. For date & time, refer to Homepage


What should I wear?

Men and women should wear appropriate dress attire i.e. business casuals under their regalia. In addition, graduating students must wear the official University black cap and gown in order to participate in the Commencement ceremony.


Where and when do I get my Grad gear?

The  cap and gown set are available for purchase at Islander Grad Fair. The Campus Store does carry try-ons so that students can select the right size. Please contact the Campus Store for pricing of grad gear at (361)825-2603. Cords, medallions and stoles will be distributed to students at various ceremonies and presentations during the week of commencement.


Which way do I wear my tassel? How about my other regalia?

Bachelor recipients wear their tassels on the right side, and Master and Doctorate recipients wear their tassels on the left side. The ritual of bachelor's degree candidates shifting the tassel from right to left marks the conferring of one's first university degree. Other regalia, such as stoles, cords, etc. are to be worn over the top of your gown. University staff will be available to help those students who need robing assistance.


Do students and guests need tickets for the ceremony?

No prior reservation for seating is available.


When do I show up?

You must arrive at the American Bank Center Arena no later than one hour before the ceremony is set to begin.


When should my guests show up? Where do they go?

We recommend that your guests arrive at the American Bank Center Arena early to avoid any potential parking issues and to secure appropriate seating. Doors open 1 hour prior to the commencement start time. Limited seating is available on the arena floor for those with limited mobility.


What should I do if I arrive late i.e. after the ceremony has started?

Graduates should report to the robing room in the American Bank Convention Center. Volunteers will assist those students who arrive late.


How do we line up, walk in, approach the stage and walk out? Is there a rehearsal?

Refer to on the day of commencement. There is no rehearsal. You will be directed and guided by event staff & volunteers.


How can I get special accommodations for the ceremony?

If you will require disability-related accommodations during the ceremony, please contact the Disability Services Office (preferably at least 1-2 weeks prior to the ceremony) by phone at 361.825.5816. The office is located in Corpus Christi Hall, Room 116. Office hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.


How do I get the copies of photos and videos taken at the ceremony?

Flash Photography will be photographing each graduate at the commencement ceremony. Complimentary proofs will be mailed to you within one week of the ceremony. If you have any questions, please contact Flash Photography via their web site at


How do I access Live webcast?

A link will be made available on the commencement homepage on the day of the ceremony.


All I got at commencement was my degree cover. When will I get my diploma?

Diplomas are made available for pick-up or shipment from the Registrar's Office in the weeks following the ceremony. Please refer to the insert included in your degree cover for more information, or contact the Registrar's Office by phone at 361.825.2624, press Option 2 to be connected to the Registrar's Office.


How do I change my name on the diploma?

Refer to Registrar website.


Are pets allowed on the commencement site?

No, pets are not allowed at the venue. There is an exception for service animals that are trained to perform tasks for persons with special needs.


Tobacco & Alcohol Policy?

Strictly prohibited and are not available for purchase at the arena.


If any further questions, whom do I contact?

For further information, please contact Commencement Event Coordinator, Deshawna Colvin, by phone at 361.825.2138 or by email at