2019 Spring Commencement

Spring 2019 Commencement




  1. General Plan. The Spring 2019 Commencement exercise will be held in the Steinke Physical Education Center on Friday, May 17, 2019.  There will be three ceremonies 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.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.


10:00 a.m.

Agriculture and Human Sciences

Education and Human Performance


1:00 p.m.

Arts and Sciences

Business Administration


4:00 p.m.




  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. DVDs. A video of the commencement will be produced by the staff of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Radio/Television Unit. An order table for the DVDs will be set up in the foyer of the SPEC. You may order one or several DVDs for $30 each, including tax and shipping, prepaid by cash, check or credit card.  DVDs will be shipped to your home and should arrive within six weeks.  For further information, you may contact ACT Office at (361) 593-3401.


  1. 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.           


  1. 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, May 20, 2019. 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, May 24, 2019. 


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


  1. 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 May 13, 2019, 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 May 20, 2019.  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. 


  1. 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 "May 17, 2019 Graduation" and submitted to the Javelina Enrollment Services Center no later than May 13, 2019.  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.


  1. 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 April 26, 2019.


  1. Research Projects and Comprehensive Examination for Graduate Students. Master’s candidates must arrange with their Research Advisor and/or Graduate Coordinator to complete their research project and comprehensive examinations in time for a report to be submitted to the Graduate Office no later than May 16, 2019.  If you have any questions, call 361- 593-2808.


  1. Fees and Fines. All library fees or other fines due to the University must be paid before commencement on May 17, 2019.


  1. 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 May 13, and give sufficient reason for non-attendance.   You may fax your absentia notice to: 361-593-3107.


  1. 14. 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.


  1. Service Animals- Students are encouraged to register their service animals with the Health and Wellness Office. Registered service animals will be permitted to walk with the graduating student. Notification should be given to the Office of the Provost one month prior to commencement.


  1. Special Accommodations- If you are a graduating student and require special accommodations or have questions, please contact the Office of the Provost at 361/-593-3106 or provost@tamuk.edu. Accommodation requests should be made at least one month prior to commencement activities. While every effort will be made, the university may be unable to fulfill last-minute requests. If you have any questions please call 361/593-3106.



George Allen Rasmussen, Provost and

Vice President for Academic Affairs


Live streaming

Please visit this link on graduation day for LIVE Commencement Video on May 17, 2019 at 10 a.m. :

2019 Spring Graduation

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


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. 


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.


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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