FAQs

Pre-Graduation 

1. When do I purchase ceremony regalia?

2. Is there a specific time to purchase caps and gowns?

3. Are you able to put cap and gown on layaway?

4. What are the prices for the cap and gown?

5. Purchasing cap and gowns:

6. What if I have an incomplete or need a grade change?

7. What if I am taking a repeated course?

8. When is the deadline for my thesis and dissertation?

9. Research projects and comprehensive examination for graduate students.

Pre- Graduation 

1. When do I purchase ceremony regalia?

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 1 MONTH 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 the Bookstore at 361-593-2601.

2. Is there a specific time to purchase caps and gowns?

It is highly recommended to pre-order the cap and gown at least 1 month before commencement due to availability.

3. Are you able to put cap and gown on layaway?

The only option is to pre-order your cap and gown. You will not be required to pay until you have picked up the gown after being notified that it is ready.

4. What are the prices for the cap and gown?

 1. Bachelors - $46.53 w/tax

 2. Masters - $87.66 w/tax

 3. Doctoral – For Doctoral prices on caps and gowns please visit the university bookstore for prices and more information. 

5. Purchasing cap and gowns:

Available to ship to designated address if the student is out of town and unable to come in person. ($6.95 standard shipping cost)

Available to pay in person at the University Bookstore, or over the phone. (361-593-2601)

6. What if I have an incomplete or need a grade change?

Any student who has an "I" in a course from a previous semester or term is responsible for completing the course, and reminding his/her instructor that the final grade must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar no later than the Monday after commencement. 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.  

7. What if I am taking a repeated course?

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 web page at http://www.tamuk.edu/registrar/forms1.html. This form should be marked with your expected graduation date and submitted to the Javelina Enrollment Services Center. 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, please call the Office of the Registrar.

8. When is the deadline for my thesis and dissertation?

Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 361-593-2808 for any deadline information.

9. 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. If you have any questions, please call the Office of Graduate Studies at 361-593-2808.

10. Where will I be able to find out about hotel information in the Kingsville area? 

If you are looking to book a hotel in the Kingsville area for commencement go to this link, this will have all the information you need for lodging.

Graduation 

1. What time are the graduates to arrive at the ceremony? 

Candidates will assemble in the Steinke Physical Education Center(SPEC) ONE hour prior to graduation time.

2. What time do the doors open for the guests? 

Doors will open 1 hour prior to the start of the ceremony. 

3. Where should visitors park their cars? 

Any designated available parking area; please refer to the campus parking map.

4. Will tickets be needed to enter the ceremony? 

No tickets will be given out, seating will be on a first come first serve basis. 

5. I want to take an individual graduation picture, when and where can I do that? 

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.

6. Will there be a DVD of the ceremony available for sale? 

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 $20 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 or email Armando.ibanez@tamuk.edu

7. Is there a specific dress code?

There is no preference on what you wear other than your cap and gown at commencement.

8. What if I have a hold with the university? 

All holds need to be taken care of prior to your commencement.

9. What if I am not going to be able to attend commencement? 

If you do not plan to attend please fill out the following form. You may fax your absentia notice to 361-593-3107. 

10. Can the student wear their undergraduate cap and gown as a graduate to commencement? 

No, they must purchase their specified cap and gown according to their level (Undergrad, Grad, Doctoral)

This also includes the different tassels that are for graduate and doctoral students.

11. What side do I put my tassel on? 

Tassels are traditionally worn on the right side of the cap and then moved to the left once notified (Graduated) to do so.

12. Will there be any University Bookstore employees at commencement?

There should be two University Bookstore employees that will assist any graduating student with replacing tassels (if they have a tassel already) that are color coded specifically for their level (Graduate, Doctoral)

University Bookstore employees will also assist the graduating students with the fixing of hoods.

Post-Graduation

1. How will I be able to receive my diploma? 

Once grades are submitted and graduation verified, diplomas will be sent to your given address through a third party contractor. If you need to change your address you may do it through Blue and Gold Connection or contact the Registrar's Office. 

Diplomas that are not picked up or requested to be mailed within one calendar year of the graduation date printed on the diploma will be destroyed. After a diploma has been destroyed, the student is responsible for the replacement cost.

3. 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.

4. General Property Deposit.

Each student pays a one-time charge of $10 to insure the institution against losses, damages, and breakage in libraries and laboratories. Texas A&M-Kingsville collects the $10 General Property Deposit the first semester in which a student enrolls. This is a refundable charge and is available upon request after the student graduates or withdraws less any loss, damage, or breakage caused by the student. Application forms and instructions are available in the Business Office.