2018 Spring Commencement

Summer Commencement

The Summer 2018 Commencement exercises will be held in the Steinke Physical Education Center on Friday, August 10, 2018. There will be three ceremonies 10:00 a.m. Seating will be reserved for degree candidates and faculty; seating of all guests, however, will be on an unreserved, first-come, first-serve basis.

Live streaming

 

Please visit this link on graduation day for LIVE Commencement Video on August 10, 2018 at 10 a.m. :

 

2018 Summer Graduation

The Live stream will begin 10 minutes before each scheduled graduation.



Commencement Day

Candidates will assemble in the Steinke Physical Education Center ONE hour prior to graduation. There will be NO university-wide rehearsal. Check with your respective college to determine if a rehearsal is planned.

Caps and Gowns

Bachelors’ and masters’ gowns may be purchased at the Texas A&M University - Kingsville Bookstore during regular store hours. Caps and gowns should be purchased no later than 2 MONTHS prior to graduation in order to guarantee a proper fitting robe. If you need to purchase or rent a doctoral gown, contact the Bookstore as soon as possible. These are made specifically for the individual and therefore take extra time. If you have any questions, please call 593-2601.

DVDs

A video of the commencement will be produced by the staff of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Radio/Television Unit. You may order one or several DVDs for $30 each, including tax and shipping, prepaid by cash or check. DVDs will be shipped to your home and should arrive within six weeks. For further information, you may contact the Radio/Television Office at (361)593-3489.

Photos

Flash Photography is the university’s official photographer. You will be contacted directly by Flash Photography via postal services or email with proofs of your pictures and an opportunity to order them.  For further information, you may contact the Office of Student Affairs (361) 593 - 3612.

Absolute Deadline for All Grades for Graduation

All grades for candidates for graduation must be in the Office of the Registrar by 12:00 noon, on Monday, August 13, 2018. Candidates taking courses from other universities must arrange to meet this deadline. The deans will attempt to notify candidates who fail to complete their degree requirements. Please be available so you can be reached by telephone on Friday, August 17, 2018.

Diplomas

Once grades are submitted and graduation verified, diplomas will be mailed out within four to ten weeks after commencement.

Incomplete Grades or Change of Grades

Any student who has an I in a course from a previous semester or term is responsible for completing the course no later than August 8, 2018, and reminding his/her instructor that the final grade must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar no later than 12:00 noon on August 13, 2018. The removal of an I and any other grade changes must be reported by the student to his/her Dean on or before this date.

Repeated Courses

All candidates must file a "Request for Adjustment of Repeated Courses" form to update their GPA and grades. The form is available for download on the Office of the Registrar webpage at http://www.tamuk.edu/registrar/forms1.html. This form should be marked " August 10, 2018 Graduation " and submitted to the Javelina Enrollment Services Center no later than May 21, 2018. Courses being repeated this semester should also be included so that all changes may be made on your academic record in time for the final graduation check-out. If you have any questions, call 593-2811.

Thesis and Dissertations

The deadline for filing final hard copy of thesis and dissertation research papers and final requirements to the Graduate Studies Office is July 20, 2018.

Research Projects and Comprehensive Examination for Graduate Students

Master’s candidates must arrange with their Research Advisor and/or Graduate Coordinator to complete their comprehensive examinations in time for a report to be submitted to the Graduate Office no later than August 9, 2018. If you have any questions, call 361-593-2808.

Fees and Fines

All library fees or other fines due to the University must be paid before commencement on August 10, 2018.

In Absentia Graduation

All candidates are expected to be present to receive their diplomas. If it is not possible for you to attend the commencement ceremony, your degree can be awarded in absentia provided you notify the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in writing by August 6, 2018 and give sufficient reason for non-attendance. You may fax your absentia notice to: 361-593-3107.

Tuition Rebates for Undergraduate Students

The state of Texas is providing financial incentives for students who complete their undergraduate degrees by attempting no more than three (3) hours in excess of the minimum number of semester  credit hours required for the degree. Eligibility requirements and application for the rebate are located at http://www.tamuk.edu/academicaffairs/forms/tuitionrebatecomplete.pdf.

The rebate for eligible students is a maximum of $1,000. To apply for the rebate, please complete the application and submit to your academic dean prior to graduation.

 

Sincerely,

George Allen Rasmussen

Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs


Graduates and Guests:

We are so proud to host you for the special occasion of your graduation which will take place in the Steinke Physical Education Center.  This map indicates the preferred areas for parking on the day of the Commencement exercises. 
The University will close Avenue B from Armstrong Avenue to Lantana Street to allow one-way traffic (east to west bound) to drop off guests at the front door of the Steinke Physical Education Center (SPEC) only.  No parking or in-and-out traffic will be allowed on that street to provide a safe pedestrian environment for Commencement.  The University’s Blue and Gold Express Shuttle Bus will make stops in the marked parking lot areas before and immediately following the Commencement ceremony to provide transportation to and from vehicles for those who would prefer to ride to the SPEC. 

Graduates: 

Please enter the SPEC through the North entrances nearest the Javelina Stadium in order to cut down on front door traffic.  Candidates will assemble in the Steinke Physical Education  Center ONE hour prior to graduation. There will be NO university-wide rehearsal. Check with your respective college to determine if a rehearsal is planned. Engineering Graduates:  Please prepare to meet as directed at the Engineering Complex.

Guests: 

Please enter the SPEC through the South entrances which are the main doors to the Gym.  Programs will be available at this main entrance.  Following Commencement exercises, please do not block exits to the Steinke Physical Education Center.  We encourage you to take your photographs with your family at your favorite locations around campus, but not in the entry way to the SPEC because of the large number of guests, especially those with mobility issues, who are attempting to exit the facility. Thank you for your attention to these directions.  UPD officers will be available to remind you of directions on the day of Commencement.
Again, best wishes on this exciting day and all the best in your future!

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  *The names on this program include all students who have applied for graduation. Conferral of the Official degree is based upon completion and certification of all degree requirements.

**The honors presented during this ceremony are calculated on the student's cumulative institutional grade point average for the semester prior. Official honors designation, which includes the calculation of the current semester's grades, will be indicated on the final transcript and diploma.

Contact the Office of the Provost with any questions, comments or concerns about Commencement. 361-593-3009 or norma.flores@tamuk.edu

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