Texas Tech University

Frequently Asked Questions


What time do graduates arrive?

Each graduate should contact their college for the time to arrive at the Arena. Below are contact numbers for each college:

  • Agricultural Sciences – 806-742-2821
  • Architecture – 806-742-3136
  • Arts & Sciences – 806-742-3831
  • Rawls College of Business – 806-742-3171
  • Education – 806-742-2377
  • Engineering – 806-742-3451
  • Graduate School (Ph.D. & Masters) – 742-2781
  • Honors – 806-742-1828
  • Human Sciences – 806-742-1180
  • Media & Communication – 806-742-3386
  • Visual & Performing Arts - 806-742-0700
  • Wind Energy – 806-742-3476
  • University Programs – 806-742-1313

Are there rehearsals for students?

No, we do not have ceremony rehearsals for students.

What time do doors open?

United Supermarkets Arena doors open 2 hours. prior to the ceremony. In the case of two ceremonies per day, the doors open 2 hours. prior to the first ceremony and remain open throughout the day.

Do we need tickets for our families and guests?

Texas Tech does not require tickets. Graduates may have as many guests as they’d like to attend the ceremonies.

What should we wear?

Sunday dress or business casual.

Are the ceremonies live streamed for viewing via the web?

Yes, all ceremonies are live streamed. Please go to the link below about an hour before the ceremony begins.

http://www.ttu.edu/livestream/

How do I obtain my picture proofs?

Photos are uploaded to the Candid Color Photography site during the weekend of commencement. You may go to candidcolorphotography.com; once there click on “Graduations” tab, then “College;” select Texas Tech University, enter your email address, then select the ceremony you attended, and put in your last name. This should bring up your proofs. You may now order your photos online. If your name does not come up, click on “Browse all proofs” and you can select your photos from here.

How do I purchase a video of the ceremonies?

You may contact the Texas Tech Alumni Association for information on purchasing a video. Their phone number is 806-742-3641.

When will diplomas be mailed?

If your graduate is unable to attend the ceremony, he or she will receive their diploma by mail. Diplomas are usually mailed out the week following commencement. If for some reason the diploma is not received, please contact the college. Following are phone numbers:

  • Agricultural Sciences – 806-742-2821
  • Architecture – 806-742-3136
  • Arts & Sciences – 806-742-3831
  • Rawls College of Business – 806-742-3171
  • Education – 806-742-2377
  • Engineering – 806-742-3451
  • Graduate School (Ph.D. & Master's) – 742-2781
  • Honors – 806-742-1828
  • Human Sciences – 806-742-1180
  • Media & Communication – 806-742-3386
  • Visual & Performing Arts - 806-742-0700
  • Wind Energy – 806-742-3476
  • University Programs – 806-742-1313

Is handicapped parking and seating available?

Yes, if you have a guest or family member who is unable to climb stairs or needs the handicapped seating, follow the instructions below for accommodations:

There is handicapped parking on the west side of the Arena (where the flag poles are located, right off Indiana Ave.). You should enter this area on the north side (parking attendants will be visible to direct you). Once parked, you should enter the Arena on the west side entrance, and find an Arena Usher (they will be wearing their Arena shirts) to assist you to the elevators. You will be taken to the concourse. Handicapped seating all the way around the Arena, and each guest is allowed one (1) person to sit with them for assistance in the handicapped seating. Other guests should sit in the audience seating.

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