Welcome–Parents, Families, and Friends!

Texas A&M University students work very hard to obtain their degrees. Without a doubt parents, families, and friends help support our students along their journey to receiving a diploma. Which means not only are these ceremonies meant to congratulate and honor our new graduates, it is also an event to be shared with those who have helped them along the way. 

Please note, a Clear Bag Policy will be in effect for all commencement ceremonies.  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. 

Reed Arena – The doors to Reed Arena will be opened for guests at least one hour before the start of each ceremony. Graduation ceremony locations are ADA compliant. Please refer to Parking and Special Accommodations for further details.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony format has been rearranged to help accommodate social distancing at the graduation venue. There will not be a procession of the graduates to start the ceremony. Instead, graduates will report directly to their assigned seat upon arriving at the stadium. The traditional elements of the ceremony such as speeches and other presentations will take place first. After all of the speeches and presentations are completed, graduates will then begin to walk the stage as their name is called. After walking the stage, graduates will be directed to a photography area where they will be able to have a photo taken without a mask on. Graduates will not reenter the venue after leaving the photography area. At this point, they are able to join their guests outside the venue. After a graduate crosses the stage their guests should exit the stadium. This will allow for a safer exiting process with more distancing.

Some additional information you may find helpful regarding commencement ceremonies are:

We welcome you to join our degree candidates in celebrating such a special milestone.