Ceremony Dates & Speakers

The Office of the Registrar is responsible for ensuring the number of graduates at each commencement ceremony results in ceremonies of reasonably equal duration. Consequently, the determination of which colleges will graduate at which ceremony is typically not established until 2-3 weeks after the graduation application deadline for that semester. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for this deadline.


May 2014

Commencement Convocation
Thursday, May 8, 5:30 p.m. - Rudder Auditorium
Speaker: The Honorable Todd Staples, Texas Commissioner of Agriculture

  • Commencement ceremonies are expected to begin with a convocation that features one notable speaker. The commencement exercises at which degrees will be conferred will follow in subsequent ceremonies.
  • Students will not be required to wear academic regalia at the Commencement Convocation, but will need to do so at the actual degree-granting exercises.

Commencement Ceremonies

Please note: Guest admission to all commencement ceremonies scheduled on Friday, May 9, 2014, will require a ticket to enter Reed Arena. Degree candidates graduating in these ceremonies will be allotted 6 guest tickets. Additional ticketing information and guidelines are available here. (Updated 3/24/3014)

Thursday, May 8, 2:00 p.m. - Rudder Auditorium

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Thursday, May 8, 6:30 p.m. - Qatar National Convention Center

  • Graduates and Undergraduates at Texas A&M - Qatar

Friday, May 9, 9:00 a.m. - Reed Arena
Degree Candidates - Please arrive at 8:15 a.m.; lines will begin forming around 8:35 a.m.

  • Graduates and Undergraduates in Liberal Arts

Tickets will be required for guest admission to this ceremony. (see note above)

Friday, May 9, 2:00 p.m. - Reed Arena
Degree Candidates - Please arrive at 1:15 p.m.; lines will begin forming around 1:35 p.m.

  • Graduates and Undergraduates in Mays Business School

Tickets will be required for guest admission to this ceremony. (see note above)

Friday, May 9, 7:00 p.m. - Reed Arena
Degree Candidates - Please arrive at 6:15 p.m.; lines will begin forming around 6:35 p.m.

  • Graduates and Undergraduates in Dwight Look College of Engineering

Tickets will be required for guest admission to this ceremony. (see note above)

Saturday, May 10, 9:00 a.m. - Reed Arena
Degree Candidates - Please arrive at 8:15 a.m.; lines will begin forming around 8:35 a.m.

  • Graduates in George Bush School of Government and Public Service
  • Graduates and Undergraduates in Education and Human Development

Saturday, May 10, 2:00 p.m. - Reed Arena
Degree Candidates - Please arrive at 1:15 p.m.; lines will begin forming around 1:35 p.m.

  • Graduates and Undergraduates in Architecture
  • Graduates and Undergraduates in Geosciences
  • Graduates and Undergraduates in Science
  • Graduates and Undergraduates in Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Saturday, May 10, 7:00 p.m. - Reed Arena
Degree Candidates - Please arrive at 6:15 p.m.; lines will begin forming around 6:35 p.m.

  • Graduates and Undergraduates in Agriculture and Life Sciences

Saturday, May 10, 9:00 a.m. - Galveston Island Convention Center on the Seawall

  • Graduates and Undergraduates at Texas A&M - Galveston

Friday, May 16, 10:00 a.m. - Rudder Auditorium
Rehearsal for the College of Nursing will be held on Thursday, May 15 at 1:00 p.m. in Rudder Auditorium.

  • Graduates and Undergraduates in Nursing

Friday, May 16, 10:00 a.m. - Fort Worth Convention Center

  • Professional Graduates in the School of Law

Saturday, May 17, 9:00 a.m. - Rudder Auditorium
SRPH students must be in the dressing room the morning of the commencement ceremony by 8:00 a.m. in order to take part in the processional.

  • Graduates and Undergraduates in the School of Rural Public Health

Saturday, May 17, 2:00 p.m. - Rudder Auditorium
Rehearsal for both the College of Medicine and the Health Science Center School of Graduate Studies will be held on Friday, May 16 at 1:30 p.m. in Rudder Auditorium.

  • Graduates in Medicine
  • Graduates in the Health Science Center School of Graduate Studies

Saturday, May 24, 2:00 p.m. - Steinke Physical Education Center

  • Doctor of Pharmacy

Thursday, May 29, 4:00 p.m. - Meyerson Center

  • Graduates and Undergraduates in the Baylor College of Dentistry


Dates for Future Semesters*

  • Summer 2014 - August 15 (Galveston: August 16)
  • Fall 2014 - December 19-20 (Galveston: December 20)
  • Spring 2015 - May 15-16 (Galveston: May 16)
  • Summer 2015 - August 14 (Galveston: August 15)

* Future ceremony dates are subject to change.