Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)


Commencement



What is the difference between graduation and commencement?
Graduation is the process of being awarded a degree. All students wishing to graduate must apply for graduation by the application deadline.


Commencement ceremonies are the services held at the end of each fall and spring semester. These are ceremonies in which the achievement of the degree is recognized and celebrated by the University community and the students' friends and family.

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Is there an application fee?
Yes.
Graduation Fee for Bachelor's is $35.00.
Graduation Fee for Master's is $43.00.

**Please note that the graduation application fee is non-refundable.


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Where do I pay the graduation application fee?
Students may pay the graduation fee at the Student Business Services Office or online via Money Connect.
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When is the graduation application fee deadline?
The application fee is charged at the time the application is submitted.
Please refer to the academic calendar for the fee deadline.
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When will I get my diploma?
Eight to ten working weeks after the official close of the term in which you have graduated. 
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What’s on my diploma?

Bachelors (College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business and College of Education & Human Development)

    Diplomas include the following information:
  • Student's name (first, middle, and last), degree and honor notation, if applicable.
  • Diplomas DO NOT include majors, minors, support field, emphasis, and or concentrations.

Masters (College of Arts & Sciences and College of Education & Human Development) -

    Diplomas include the following information:
  • Student's name (first, middle, and last), degree and major.
  • Diplomas DO NOT include concentrations or specializations.

Masters (College of Business) -

    Diplomas include the following information:
  • Student's name (first, middle, and last) and degree.
  • Diplomas DO NOT include major, concentrations, and/or specializations.
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What are the dimensions of my diploma?
11" X 14"  
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How do I qualify for University Honors?
Please refer to the Honors link on the Graduation Services Website for the required grade point average. (University Honors is only for Undergraduates)
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Is there University Honors for Master students’?
No. Not at this time.
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What if I want to purchase an additional diploma or reorder a diploma?
You will find the diploma reorder form on the Forms tab on this website.  Fill out the form and forward to graduation services via email (graduationservices@tamusa.edu) or fax (210-784-1493).  
There will be a fee of $25.00.
Diplomas are ordered once a month at the end of the month.
Timeframe for delivery is three to four weeks.
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If I have a University Hold will my diploma be issued?
No, if you have a University Hold your diploma will not be released.
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If I apply for graduation but do not graduate, why can’t my graduation application be used for the following semester?
When you apply for graduation, you are applying for the degree to be awarded in that particular term. Graduation applications DO NOT roll to the next term. If you do not complete all the degree requirements, you must reapply.
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Is there a summer commencement ceremony?
Please note that there is no summer commencement ceremony. Summer candidates have the opportunity to participate in the spring or fall commencement ceremony.
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Who do I contact for additional graduation information?
Please contact Graduation Services at graduationservices@tamusa.edu or (210) 784-1373
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Where do I purchase commencement regalia (cap, gown, tassel, honor cords)?
Commencement regalia may be purchased at the Texas A&M University-San Antonio Bookstore. Please contact the University Bookstore at (210) 784-1070 for additional information.
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Where may I purchase my graduation announcements (invitations)?
Order your announcements through herffjones.com/college/tamusa
Contact: Gregg McDonald
Herff Jones Sales Representative
Office: (281) 353-2774
hjcollegetx@sbcglobal.net
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Where may I purchase my graduation ring?
Order your ring online at herffjones.com/college/tamusa
Contact: Gregg McDonald
Herff Jones Sales Representative
Office: (281) 353-2774
hjcollegetx@sbcglobal.net
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What is Grad Fair?
During Grad Fair you will have the opportunity to place your order for cap, gown, honor cords, graduation announcements, and class ring. The dates for the Grad Fair will be posted on the website.
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