FAQ

This information is for the Summer 2024 Commencement.

Eligibility & Registration

Cap, Gown, Cords, Stoles, Photos, Coins

  • Regalia is required for all graduates in attendance. For more information and ordering, please visit our cap and gown page.

    Graduation with academic honors cords will be distributed to eligible graduates free of charge at commencement. Graduates may wear stoles and cords from other organizations as long as they are in the spirit of academic celebration.

  • Graduates and faculty must order regalia online. The ordering system will be open in January.

    Rental

    • Doctoral Regalia: Rental deadline is July 3.
    • Faculty Regalia: Rental deadline is July 3.

    Purchase

    • Bachelor's Regalia: Purchase deadline is July 3.
    • Master's Regalia: Purchase deadline is July 3.
    • Doctoral Regalia: Purchase deadline is June 14 to avoid expedited fees.

    For additional questions, contact the Bobcat Store (bookstore) at 512.245.2273 or 512.245.0854.

  • Honors cords will be distributed to eligible graduates when they check in at commencement. To confirm honors status, please contact your Academic Advising Center.

  • Please contact the student organization or department directly regarding cords and stoles.

    A standard Texas State stole can be ordered from the University Bookstore along with cap and gown.

  • The stoles available for purchase at the University Bookstore come with the Texas State University seal. Additional embroidery on stoles is not required. TXST and the University Bookstore do not offer embroidering services.

    Many students contact area businesses to help with additional embroidery such as graduation years, degree, student organizations, and more.

  • Flash Photography
    214-443-9393

    Texas State University has arranged for a commercial photographer, Flash Photography, to take photographs of each candidate during commencement.

    A free proof order form will be e-mailed to your Texas State e-mail account or mailed to your permanent address approximately one week after the ceremony, unless there is a privacy hold on your record.

    If you have a privacy hold, or do not want to receive this mailing for any other reason, please contact Flash Photography at 214-443-9393. You are under no obligation to purchase the photographs.

    Graduation photos from previous semesters and years may still be available! Contact Flash Photography for details.

  • Beginning in May 2023, all Texas State graduation candidates who participate in the university’s official commencement ceremonies will receive a TXST challenge coin as they cross the stage and receive their diploma. The zinc alloy coins with an antique bronze finish feature the University Seal on one face and Old Main and the graduation year on the other.

    Challenge coins originated during World War I as a way for military leaders to recognize soldiers and other personnel for outstanding service and bravery. Over time, the military formalized the tradition and handed them out to recognize other milestones and achievements. Civilian organizations, including universities, started adopting the tradition in recent decades to recognize graduates and special honors.

  • Beginning in May 2023, all Texas State graduation candidates who participate in the university’s official commencement ceremonies will receive a TXST challenge coin as they cross the stage and receive their diploma cover. The zinc alloy coins with an antique bronze finish feature the University Seal on one face and Old Main and the graduation year on the other.

    Unfortunately, coins are not available to those that are unable to attend commencement or those that attended commencement ceremonies prior to spring 2023. In addition, coins that are lost will not be replaced. 

    We are pleased to announce that alumni challenge coins will be available for a limited time in May 2024 to those who donate $50 or more to the Texas State Alumni Association.

  • Graduation announcements/invitations are optional. Candidates often choose to purchase announcements from Herff Jones along with their regalia.

    If you are a Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) candidate with three minors, please call your vendor of choice before ordering to ensure proper formatting for your announcements.

Tickets

  • Yes, all guests aged 4 and over must have a ticket to attend commencement. It is the graduate’s responsibility to secure and distribute their guests’ tickets prior to the ceremony. Only graduates that selected "Yes" to attending on their Graduation Application will be able to reserve guest tickets.

    Tickets will be required for all commencement ceremonies. The sale of tickets to other graduates or guests is prohibited.

  • Graduates do not need a ticket but will need to present an ID at check-in.

    Acceptable forms of ID include:

    • TXST student ID
    • driver’s license
    • government-issued ID
  • Only graduates that selected "Yes" to attending on their Graduation Application will be able to reserve guest tickets.

    An email with a link for ticket reservations will be sent one month prior to the ceremony.

    • July 9, 2024: an email with instructions to secure tickets will be sent from Texas State Presents
    • July 23, 2024: The deadline to claim guest tickets

    After July 9, if you need assistance with guest tickets, please contact Texas State Presents directly at txstatepresents@txstate.edu

  • NOTICE: Invitation Letters are no longer consistently recognized by U.S. immigration officers in other countries. It is strongly recommended that you write your own invitation letter in support of your family members or friends receiving a visa. Download the student template to write your own invitation letter.

Schedule & Ceremony

Guests

Commencement Program

Names

Diploma & Transcript

History of Commencement