Line Formation

Reed Arena – Unless otherwise noted on the graduation schedule, degree candidates are asked to arrive 45 minutes before their ceremony near the North Entry of Reed Arena. They will begin line formation 30 minutes before the ceremony. There is no advance rehearsal unless otherwise noted for a specific commencement ceremony on the Graduation Schedule page.

Kyle Field – The procession of students into Kyle Field will begin at 8:45 a.m.  Therefore, degree candidates are asked to arrive and be lined up by 8:30 in the Indoor Track Facility.  Signs will be available to direct students to the appropriate location.  A clear bag policy will be in effect – bags must be clear and not exceed 12” (by 6” by 12”) or be a clear 1 gallon re-sealable plastic freezer storage bag, one per person.  Bags must be clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and have a maximum of one logo imprint not exceeding 4.5” tall by 3.4” wide.  The only non-clear bags permitted are small clutch bags (with or without a strap) that are the size of a hand.  Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at designated areas.

Stoles for honor graduates will be distributed in the degree candidate line-up rooms before graduation. These stoles may be kept by the graduate after the ceremony.

America's leading supplier of caps and gowns (E.R. Moore Co.) has stated: "The tassel may be worn over either the left or right temple. Either side is acceptable, depending on the standard established by your school and as long as all members of the graduating class wear the tassel on the same side. Some schools follow the tradition of transferring the tassel from one side to the other. This is done after all diplomas have been awarded. The entire class performs this in unison on a given signal."
Specifically at Texas A&M: The tassel is worn on the right side when going forward to receive the diploma. This practice has nothing to do with tradition or protocol standards. Instead the official reason is because of the photographer's camera angle--if the tassel were on the left side, it would appear in the middle of their face. Unlike some schools, Texas A&M does not have its graduates switch their tassels from one side to the other on cue. Instead, each graduate switches it as they approach the opposite end of the stage after receiving their diploma.



During the commencement ceremonies, degrees are conferred in the following order:
  • Doctoral degrees by college as listed
  • Masters and bachelor's degrees by college as listed
Within each college, doctoral students are ordered alphabetically by degree and then alphabetically by the student's name.

After all doctoral students have walked the stage, masters and bachelor's degree candidates will cross the stage in order of their college and department.
Within each college, masters and bachelor's students are ordered alphabetically by department. Within each department, students are ordered by degree level, major (alphabetically), and student name (alphabetically).


A commencement booklet is offered to guests as they enter the graduation venue. This booklet contains the program, a list of all graduates, and other relevant ceremony information. This is the only public release of all graduates. The booklet is prepared by Curricular Services (979-845-8201) in the Office of the Registrar.