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.

Commencement Information

The commencement ceremony is held in the William R. Johnson Coliseum. The physical address is located at the bottom of this page. The duration of the ceremony is usually 2-4 hours, depending upon the number of candidates participating.

December & May Commencements - two ceremonies:

James I. Perkins College of Education and College of Fine Arts participate at 9:30 a.m. Students need to be at the coliseum by 8:15 a.m.

Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, the Nelson Rusche College of Business, the College of Liberal and Applied Arts and the College of Sciences and Mathematics will participate at 2 p.m. Students will need to be at the coliseum by 1:00 p.m.

August Commencement - one ceremony

All Colleges will participate at 9:30 a.m. Candidates should arrive at the coliseum no later than 8:15 a.m.

Upon arrival, candidates will proceed to the southeast corner of the coliseum to pick up seating cards. This card is also given to the announcer for the purpose of calling the graduate's name as they cross the stage. Signs will be posted in the coliseum directing graduates to the southeast corner. If you choose to participate in the commencement exercises, you must remain in your seat on the coliseum floor until the academic recession at the end of the ceremony.

William R. Johnson Coliseum is located at the corner of East College and University Drive.

The physical address is:

William R. Johnson
1002 E. College Street
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The commencement program lists applicants or candidates for degrees. The appearance of a name in the commencement program and the fact of attending commencement exercises is no guarantee of receiving the degree.

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!