It is time to begin making plans for your graduation from Texas Tech at the end of this spring. I hope that you and your family and friends plan to attend Commencement in the United Supermarkets Arena at 3:00 pm. on Friday, May 19, 2017.
Per University policy, a diploma cannot be issued to a student who has any financial obligation to the University.
At this point, let me add a word of caution. You must complete the work required for your degree. If we notified you of any problems regarding needed transcripts, grades of I, X, PR, or anything else, please immediately contact your advisor/auditor in this office (102 Holden Hall, 742-3831).
Between 1:00 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. on Friday, May 19th, please enter the United Supermarkets Arena through the large utility ramp at the northeast corner of the complex (the ramp extends from the parking lot into the lower level of the arena). Locate the Arts and Sciences table for the portion of the alphabet including your last name. There you will be given a card indicating your name and seat number. Go to your assigned seat in the practice court, complete the card (to be given to the Commencement reader as you approach the platform), and be ready to march into the arena. If you arrive after 2:15 p.m. it might not be possible to seat you with other students in your major.
Please do not bring with you coats, purses, or other items as there will not be a place to keep them. Please make sure your cell phones are turned off during the Ceremony.
The policy of the University Convocations Committee prohibits Commencement participants from decorating their caps and gowns or wearing any accessories that are not an official element of the academic regalia. Academic Honor cords and medallions may be worn because they are official.
Please invite your family and friends to attend. They should go directly to the United Supermarkets Arena in time for the 3:00 p.m. program.
You may pick up your diploma immediately after the ceremony in the foyer in front of room 104, Holden Hall until 6:30 p.m.
All unclaimed diplomas will be mailed by the end of June 2017, using the address provided on your Intention to Graduate.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do I apply for graduation?
A. You do not need to apply for graduation on Raiderlink. All of your graduation paperwork was filled out when you filed your degree plan.
Q. If I have a hold on my account from Student Business Services will I be able to graduate?
A. No. Check "Registration Status" on Raiderlink for your latest account information. Contact Student Business Services to resolve any issues by 5 p.m. Thursday May 18th.
Q. Can I come back and take a few more classes during the summer/fall after I graduate?
Yes. Contact your Academic Analyst in the Dean's office.
Q. Where do I get my cap, gown, and stole?
A. The Barnes and Noble bookstore in the SUB carry all of the items you will need for graduation.
Q. I received a letter in the mail saying I qualify for academic honors. Where do I purchase the cords?
A. Take the letter from the A&S Dean's office confirming your academic honors to the Barnes and Noble bookstore in the SUB. They will have the cords available at the check-out register.
Q. I think I qualify for honors, but I did not receive a letter. Who do I contact?
A. Contact your Academic Analyst in the Dean's office to confirm your honors status and receive a replacement letter.
Q. How many people can I invite?
A. Graduates can invite as many people as they want to the commencement ceremony.
Q. Do my parents/family/friends need an invitation or ticket to get into the ceremony?
A. TTU does not issue invitations or tickets for the commencement ceremony and there is no admission charge.
Q. How will I know where to sit?
A. When you enter the arena via the North ramp you will be given a seating card by a representative from the Dean's office.
Q. Is there assigned seating?
A. Yes. When you enter the arena via the North ramp you will be given a seating card by a representative from the Dean's office.
Q. When will I find out my seat so that my parents can see me?
A. When you enter the arena via the North ramp you will be given a seating card by a representative from the Dean's office. Your seat in the arena will be on the opposite side of where you are sitting on the practice court.