Stephen F. Austin State University

Graduation & Diplomas

The Graduation Department of the Office of the Registrar provides application toward graduation, maintains degree data for all students making application for graduation, produces diplomas and replacement diplomas and is a source of information regarding degrees which have been conferred.

Commencement Dates:

Late Applications for December 2015 Commencement

Late applications for December 2015 commencement will be accepted from June 2, 2015 through November 15, 2015. A late fee will be charged.

Applications for May 2016 Graduation

Applications for May 2016 graduation will be accepted from September 15, 2015 through November 15, 2015.

Go to our Forms page to select the Bachelor or Master/Doctoral Application for Graduation form or come to the Rusk building, room 201 to apply.

Commencement Decorum

The faculty and staff of Stephen F. Austin State University congratulate you on your academic achievement! We work diligently to provide a commencement ceremony that is an appropriate and enjoyable conclusion to this phase of your education.

The conferring of academic degrees is a tradition that dates back to the 12th century and is regarded as an important rite of passage for students and their families. Because commencement ceremonies are, by their very nature, festive and dignified occasions, all graduates are expected to wear traditional academic regalia and attire that is commensurate with formal academic ceremonies. Casual business attire, at a minimum, is appropriate. Black or dark-colored slacks and dress shoes are recommended. Ladies are encouraged to wear black or dark-colored slacks, skirts or dresses. You will be walking down - and then up - 51 steps en route to your seat in William R. Johnson Coliseum; for safety reasons, casual sandals and stiletto heels are not appropriate.

Cellular telephones and other electronic devices should be placed in a silent mode or turned off during the entire ceremony. Air horns and other artificial noisemakers, balloons, flags and banners are not appropriate and are not allowed in the coliseum. Any attendee who is disruptive during the ceremony or who fails to follow instructions may be excused from the venue.

SFA maintains a proud and historic tradition of having the university president shake hands with each degree candidate after his or her name is spoken. Because the final degree candidate is as important as the first, all attendees are expected to be seated during the ceremony and remain for the entire ceremony.

Each SFA graduate and guest deserves to enjoy a ceremony that reflects the satisfaction of achieving a worthy educational goal, without inappropriate or excessive interruptions from others. We ask for your assistance in making this event a pleasant experience for everyone in attendance. Congratulations, once again, and axe 'em, Jacks!

Commencement Time & Location