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Commencement 2014



FALL 2014 Commencement Ceremony Information

The commencement ceremony for all undergraduate and graduate students at Tarleton State University, will be held Saturday, December 13, 2014, in Wisdom Gymnasium. View our maps page for directions and a map to the ceremony locations.

Access Live Streaming Commencement Video (Saturday December 13, 2014)

Vital information concerning the status of the graduation application is sent to each student's go.tarleton email account. Failure to check this account regularly may prohibit applicant's graduation and degree conferral.


It is the policy of Tarleton State University to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable laws. If you will be attending graduation and will need disability related accommodations in order to have access, please contact the Center for Access and Academic Testing (CAAT), at 254.968.9400 or


All graduation candidates should arrive at Wisdom Gymnasium one hour prior to the beginning of the ceremony for check-in. Check-in will be in the small volleyball gym where candidates will receive a name card that they will hand to the announcer as they cross the stage.

All students are required to remain seated until the ceremony has concluded. Once the ceremony has completed, students will be allowed to leave.

Dress Code

Dress appropriately for the commencement ceremony.


Parking is available in any university parking lot. Handicapped parking will be available on the South side of Wisdom Gym. Appropriate permits required.

Access to Wisdom Gym for both graduates and guests is ONLY through the main South entrance. Tickets will be collected 

It will be very important to designate a meeting place prior to the ceremony because graduates and guests will be leaving the facility through a variety of exits. Following the ceremony, graduates will exit Wisdom Gym on the south side of the building (southwest corner). Guests will be directed through a variety of exits around the perimeter of the building based on where they are seated in Wisdom Gym. Graduates/guests will NOT be allowed back in Wisdom Gym due to preparation for the next ceremony.


All ceremonies will require tickets except for the College of Graduate Studies ceremony.

Each graduate will receive 9 tickets. A ticket is required for everyone age 2 and older.

  • Ticket distribution will begin Monday, October 27th at 8:00 am at the campus locations listed below. Only students who have filed for graduation may pick up tickets. A photo ID will be required before tickets are released.
  • Distribution will cease at 5:00 pm on Thursday, December 11th. Any tickets not picked up by 5:00 pm will be made available on a first come first served basis the following day.
  • Extra Ticket Distribution will begin at 8:00 am on Friday, December 12th in the Dean's Offices. Each student may receive an allotment of up to 4 additional tickets at a time. Additional tickets will only be distributed if available.
  • Extra Ticket Distribution will cease at 4:00 pm on Friday, December 12th.
Southwest Metroplex Center:

JC Rodriguez (
5th floor of the Hickman Building

Medical Lab Students: Darsa Wright (
Schaffer Building


Clint Dennard (
Michaelis Academic Center Building, University Center Offices


Michelle Fisher (
Building #2 Midlothian Higher Education Center, Navarro College Midlothian Campus

Online Students:

Please contact your academic Dean's office (information is below) to make arrangements to receive your tickets.

Stephenville/Main Campus:

Please visit your academic Dean's office (see information below) to pick up your tickets.

  • College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences: Joe W. Autry Agriculture Building Room 101. See Carol Murphy. Phone: 254-968-9227
  • College of Business Administration: Business Building Room 173, See Sharon Iley. Phone: 254-968-9350
  • College of Education: E.J. Howell Education Building Room 105, See Melinda Lollar. Phone: 254-968-9089
  • College of Liberal and Fine Arts: O.A. Grant Building Room 241, See Sabrina Baker. Phone: 254-968-9141
  • College of Science and Technology: Lamar Johnson Science Building Room 119, See Sheila Hawkins. Phone: 254-968-9781

Diplomas will be handed out on stage if possible.

Reasons why a student might not receive a diploma at the ceremony include, but not are limited to:

  1. Missing Grades
  2. Failing or Incomplete Grades
  3. Missing paperwork (i.e. substitutions)
  4. Transcripts not received from other Universities for work that will be transferred in
  5. Holds

Any student not receiving his/her diploma at the ceremony can come by the Registrar's Office to pick up their diploma in two weeks after the ceremony.

Commencement and Hooding Ceremonies

All ceremonies will be held in the Wisdom Gymnasium

SATURDAY, December 13, 2014

9:00 am
College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and College of Science and Technology
  • Undergraduate Degrees Only
  • 9 tickets per graduate
11:30 am
College of Graduate Studies
  • All Masters and Doctoral Degrees - There will not be a separate hooding ceremony. Graduate students will be hooded on the stage at the ceremony by their major professor.
  • No tickets required
2:00 pm
College of Business Administration
  • Undergraduate Degrees Only
  • 9 tickets per graduate
4:30 pm
College of Education and College of Liberal and Fine Arts
  • Undergraduate Degrees Only
  • 9 tickets per graduate

More Graduation Information

Cap and Gown Information

  • Candidates who plan to attend the ceremony need to pick up their cap and gown at the Campus Store. The university will not be responsible for expenses incurred in the ordering of cap and gown or invitations.
  • Candidates may contact the Campus Store at 254-968-9007 to order their cap and gown and university invitations.

International Flag Carriers

  • Tarleton student, faculty and staff are invited to carry a flag during the International Flag Parade, which is a distinctive feature that opens each of our commencement ceremonies. This colorful display of flags represents the countries of our current international student body.
  • Individuals interested in carrying a flag should sign up before December 10th, 2014 using the following form: Sign up here.
  • For more information contact International Programs at 254.968.9545 or email before December 10, 2014. Sign-up is managed on a first-come, first-served basis.