Islander Commencement

Get your graduation gear!

Congratulations, graduates! Please refer to the links below for more regarding commencement and alumni relations.

Official Ring

Get your Official Ring
Order upon earning 75 hours as an undergraduate or 25 hours as a graduate student.

This item can also be ordered in person at the Woo Sung Lee Alumni Welcome Center on 6129 Ennis Joslin Road.



Get your announcements, thank you cards, etc.

These items can also be ordered in person at the B&N University Bookstore.

Cap and gown

Get your cap, gown, and hood

These items can be ordered in person at the B&N University Bookstore.


Get your cords, medallions, and stoles

These items are distributed at various ceremonies and presentations.


Get your Double Orchid Lei

Participate in the Islander Lei tradition at your commencement!

Contact the Alumni Association at 361.825.5787 for ordering information.

This item can also be ordered in person at the Woo Sung Lee Welcome Center on 6129 Ennis Joslin Road.


Get your graduation photos

These items are available to order a week after the ceremony by Flash Photography.

The Official Ring
The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi official rings are a major part of the University's tradition. Juniors and seniors wear the ring with the school name facing them. Upon the granting of degrees at commencement, graduates turn the ring around, with the name facing outward. This symbolizes that the graduate is now ready to face new challenges outside the University.

The Alumni Association and the University unveiled the Official Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Ring in 1999. The Official Ring is a symbol of achievement, unity and University spirit. At a glance, these meticulously-styled keepsakes will distinguish A&M-Corpus Christi alumni from all others and serve as a lasting symbol of accomplishment. The Official Ring features the University seal surrounded by a wreath of olive branches on the top, representing the success of earning a degree from A&M-Corpus Christi. One side of the ring features the palm trees and ocean view with a ribbon that states "Islander," which symbolizes the spirit and uniqueness of the University's campus. On the opposite side of the ring is the Alumni Seal, reflecting the accomplishments of becoming a member of the alumni network. Wearers of the Official Ring will recognize their fellow alumni and share their pride in A&M-Corpus Christi. To guarantee the integrity of the tradition, the design will never change and be passed from generation to generation as future students and alumni await the chance to wear their Official Ring.

Academic Regalia
The academic regalia (cap, gown and hood) date to the 112th Century European universities when they were worn primarily for warmth by the students as well as by laymen. As laymen gradually changed their garb to capes and breeches, institutions of learning prescribed the gown of black for scholars, with a hood draped down the back when not worn over the head and a mortarboard cap shaped like the mortarboard of the master workman.

In 1895 in the United States, the Intercollegiate Commission prepared a code, specifying the design and color of academic regalia for colleges and universities in the United States. Under this code, the bachelor's gown has long pointed sleeves. The master's gown has an oblong sleeve. The doctor's gown has bell-shaped sleeves. Gowns are generally black; however, a number of schools have adopted special regalia for the doctor's gown.

The velvet border of the hood may represent either the color of the degree or the color of the field of study. The current trend is for the color to represent the field of study rather than the name of the degree, but in earlier years dark blue was characteristic for a Ph.D. in any field. Hoods are lined wit the official colors of the college or university from which the degree is received.

Caps are the traditional mortarboard except for the doctor's degree, where a four-sided velvet tam is optional. Caps from schools with special color gowns or from foreign universities may be more distinctive. Cap tassels for the doctor's degree are gold, while the tassels for the master's and bachelor's degree are black. Holders of all these degrees wear the tassel on the left. The ritual of bachelor's degree candidates shifting the tassel from right to left marks the conferring of one's first university degree.

Academic Honors
Official Cording for Academic Honors will take place on stage during the Commencement Ceremony. The cords are in recognition of academic excellence based on cumulative grade point average on all courses taken at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, excluding courses taken pass/no pass or credit/no credit. *Honor students must have completed at least forty-five undergraduate semester hours at this institution. The following honors are awarded at A&M-Corpus Christi:

     Eligibility and Award Status

  • Summa Cum Laude - the silver honor cord is awarded to graduates whose cumulative grade point average is 3.9 and above
  • Magna Cum Laude - the blue honor cord is awarded to graduates whose cumulative grade point average is within the range of 3.7 to 3.899
  • Cum Laude - the green honor cord is awarded to graduates whose cumulative grade point average is within the range of 3.5 to 3.699

* The honors presented during the ceremony are calculated on the student's cumulative grade point average for the semester prior to graduation. Official honors designation, which includes the calculation of the current semester's grades, will be indicated on the final transcript and diploma.

Honor Societies' Medallions and Cords
Students at A&M-Corpus Christi have the priviledge of being asked to join honor societies. Membership is based on grade point average and special criteria for each organization such as major, community service, and service to a profession. Students belonging to these honor societies wear cords and medallions that represent their high achievements, colors, and symbols of the organization. Students who meet the requirements of graduating from the A&M-Corpus Christi Honors Program wear a special medallion to designate that achievement.