Texas Tech University

Commencement Information


Important Information for your Commencement Ceremony

The Graduate School Fall 2019 commencement will be held on Friday, December 13, 2019 at 7:30 pm in the United Supermarket Arena. This ceremony is for Masters and Doctoral students who have submitted an application to graduate for the Fall 2019 term.

Regalia must be ordered through the Barnes and Noble campus bookstore, 806.742.3816 or 1.800.377.7329.

Students may not have any type of decoration on their caps (mortar boards). Caps that have any type of decor will be exchanged for a plain cap.

Students who do not wish to shake hands with the stage party for cultural or religious reasons are asked to contact the Graduate School office.

  • All Students need to arrive no later than 1 hour prior to the start of their ceremony. Park in the commuter west lot and enter through the drive-in bay entry at the north end of the arena (ramp located in the middle of the parking lot on the north side).
  • Signs and staff will direct students to the check-in tables located at the entrance. Students will receive a reader card (printed with student's name and a seat number).
  • Students should proceed into the Practice Court and locate the matching seat number as indicated on the reader card. Please keep your card in hand at all times prior to and during the ceremony.
  • Doctoral candidates will carry their hoods and be formally hooded by their major professor(s). Professor(s) hooding doctoral candidates should be in the practice court no later than 1 hour prior to the start of the ceremony.
  • Master's candidates will wear their hoods.

Commencement Participation

If a student is not able to attend the commencement during their term of graduation due to extenuating circumstances, as a courtesy offered by the Graduate School, a student has the option of deferring their commencement walk. However, please be aware that the student may only defer to the term immediately following their official graduation semester. To defer your walk, please fill out this form and return to the Graduate Enrollment Services team via email, em_gradschool@ttu.edu


Diplomas and certificates will not be distributed at commencement. Diplomas and certificates will be available to pick up for 5 business days following commencement for all graduates who have been cleared for graduation and have had all holds cleared from their records. You can pick up the diplomas from the Graduate School office, located in room 328 of the Administration Building.

After the 5 business days, diplomas that have not been picked up will be mailed to the address listed on the application to graduate. Please allow 4-6 weeks after graduation to receive your diploma.

Diploma Information (International Mailing - Express Mail Service)

As per Texas Tech University Operating Procedures: a student may only receive 1 diploma.

If you have filed an application to graduate and will not complete all requirements for graduation this Fall 2019, please work with your department to update your graduation status.




More Information

For more information about commencement visit the Provost's Office website.