Graduation Checklist


Are you graduating soon?

Make sure to pay attention to degree candidate information on the graduation website and emails sent to your TAMU email. Students should pay attention to the following checklist. To view more detailed information regarding each checklist item, please click on the accordion links below.

Follow the View Degree Evaluation link in the "Degree Evaluation" channel on the My Record tab in Howdy.  Generate a degree evaluation and verify you are meeting all the degree requirements needed for graduation prior to applying.  If you have questions about your degree evaluation or remaining requirements, schedule a meeting with your academic advisor.
 

After ensuring you meet all degree and graduation requirements, submit your graduation application online by the deadline date published in the Academic Calendar for the semester you plan to complete your degree requirements.  The Application for Graduation link is in the "Degree Evaluation" channel on the My Record tab in Howdy

The online application system will be accessible 24 hours a day, every day, until 11:59 p.m. on the 60th class day.  After that time, students must apply for graduation in the Office of the Registrar.

Important Questions You Need to Verify on the Graduation Application:

  • Is your degree/curriculum information correct on the graduation application?
    • Ensure your degree/curriculum information is correct before submitting your application; including minors, double majors, and double degrees.
  • Is your name correct on the graduation application?
    • Make sure your legal name is accurate. This is the name that will appear on your diploma.
  • Is your permanent legal address up to date?
    • Make sure your permanent legal address is updated in Howdy to ensure your diploma is mailed to the appropriate address should you not attend the ceremony.
  • Will you be attending the ceremony?
    • This step is important in order to ensure graduation ceremonies are similar in duration.

Attention Graduate and Professional studentsMake sure to meet all deadlines published in the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies' Steps to Graduation as well.

Attention Professional students (MD, DDS, JD, Pharm.D):  Make sure to meet all deadlines published for your intended professional program.  Contact your departmental representative with any questions.

Upon submission of your Application for Degree, if you are enrolled in courses at an institution other than Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University at Galveston, or Texas A&M University at Qatar, you must submit any transfer in-progress course work to the Degree Audit staff in the Registrar's Office.

In order to remain a degree candidate for the semester, all degree requirement verifications must be turned into the Registrar's Office by the deadline published in the Application Deadlines section, on the Applying for Your Degree webpage, in accordance with Student Rule 14.2.

Refer to the Proof of Enrollment web page for additional guidelines and details regarding proof of enrollment.

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), if you withhold any of the following information your name will not be printed in the commencement program:

  • your name
  • program of study (college, major, or campus)
  • degrees
  • honors and awards received

Students planning to participate in the commencement ceremonies, please go to Howdy, and in the “My Information” channel on the My Record, remove any directory holds you may have placed on the previously mentioned items.  Due to the production of the commencement program, students must initiate FERPA holds no later than two weeks prior to the commencement ceremony to have information withheld from the program.

If you elect to withhold your name from directory information, you also will be unable to participate in the appropriate graduation ceremony and we will be unable to verify your graduation information to employers after your degree has been conferred.  Students should contact the Degree Audit section staff at degree-audit@tamu.edu to make any changes or ask any questions.

Prior to commencement:

Review your graduation application status using the “Graduation" channel on the My Record tab in Howdy. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar's Degree Audit staff at 979-845-1089 or degree-audit@tamu.edu.

After commencement

After commencement, Undergraduate and Graduate students, may confirm their final graduation status by checking their unofficial transcript.  Awarded students will have their 'Awarded Degree' and 'Degree Date' sections populated with the appropriate information. Final graduation status’ may take several days to process and will not be immediately available for viewing.

Due to the varying nature of professional programs (MD, DDS, JD, Pharm.D), professional students may have a minimum wait of 30 days before degrees awarded will appear on their unofficial transcript.

All outstanding balances must be paid in full prior to the release of diplomas.  Be sure to check your student account using the “Billing Tuition And Fees” channel on the My Finance tab in Howdy for any outstanding balances. Students should contact Student Business Services with any questions regarding outstanding balances.

  1. Verify your academic college, department, degree, and major.  This information can be found on your Degree Evaluation or Unofficial Transcript.
  2. Verify the date and time of your ceremony – the schedule of ceremonies can be found here.
  3. Cap, Gown, and Announcements
  4. Disability Accommodations
  5. Guest Information
  6. Tuition Rebate for Certain Undergraduates
    • Certain undergraduate students who meet all of the predetermined state mandated requirements may be entitled to a $1,000 rebate upon completion of their first baccalaureate degree. Students must apply PRIOR to 5 p.m. on the Friday of commencement. A student may apply for the tuition rebate by selecting the "Apply for the Tuition Rebate" link in the Graduation channel on the My Record tab in Howdy. Students will not be able to apply for the rebate until a graduation application has been submitted.  Information on eligibility and requirements can be found here.