This page contains information regarding:
- Time and Location (along with Commencement Parking Info and Map)
- Caps and Gowns
- Graduating with Honors
- Photos, DVD Recording & Television Viewing
- Tickets & Honor Cords
- Invitations & Class Rings
- Candidates and Guests with Disabilities
- Commencement Time and Location
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. Commencement Dates may be found under the Graduation & Diplomas link.
December 2013 & May 2014 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 Parking Information and Map
- Caps and Gowns
Caps and gowns may be ordered at the Barnes & Noble Campus Bookstore in the Baker Pattillo Student Center at any time. Orders may be submitted by printing the Cap & Gown Reservation Form and turning it in to Barnes & Noble via e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or in person. Caps and gowns will be picked up at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in the Baker Pattillo Student Center. If you have questions please contact Barnes and Noble at (936) 468-2108 or 468-1160. Wear appropriate clothing under your gown. The mortar board is made to be worn flat on the head - parallel to the floor, and should not be decorated in any way.
It is strongly suggested that students try on the cap and gown at least a week prior to the ceremony. This is to allow time to get replacements if problems with sizing or zippers occur.
- Graduation with Honors
A student receiving a baccalaureate degree with academic honors has completed a course of study with at least 54 semester hours of SFA residence course work excluding pass/fail hours and has a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or higher. The hours described in this statement appear on the transcript as GPA Hours. The honors are:
1. Summa Cum Laude 3.8 to 4.0 2. Magna Cum Laude 3.6 to 3.79 3. Cum Laude 3.4 to 3.59
Honors are called at the Commencement Ceremony. The Honors that are called are based upon the last completed semester. The final Honors earned will be posted to the transcript and will be printed on the diploma. Graduate level students are not eligible for honors.
Graduation as a University Scholar is determined by the School of Honors office. For details regarding the School of Honors and the University Scholar program.
- Photos, DVD Recordings & Television Viewing
Flash Photography, located in Dallas, provides the photography services. For more information regarding photos, go to Flash Photography then enter Department Code P313.
A professional quality DVD is made of each commencement ceremony available for purchase at the cost of $25.00. Information is mailed to each participating graduate regarding the purchase of a DVD or you may contact Terri Thompson-Sayler, Sr. Media Coordinator/Producer at (936) 468-2010. Videos may be ordered online through University Marketing Communications.
The commencement ceremony is shown live on SFA-TV 2, local cable channel 2, during commencement and repeated periodically throughout the same weekend.
- Tickets & Honor Cords
We currently do not use tickets for commencement guests but respectfully request that graduates limit the number of their guests to approximately five individuals.
SFA does not sanction the wearing of Honor Cords or Sashes. While this practice is not sanctioned, it is also not prevented.
- Invitations & Class Rings
Invitations may be ordered at your discretion through the vendor of your choice.
You may participate in the SFA Ring Tradition by contacting the SFA Alumni Association website or calling the Tracie D. Pearman Alumni Center at 936-468-3407.
Diplomas are not given out at commencement. Your diploma is mailed about 6-8 weeks after graduation. It bears your name, graduation date and degree (with honors, if earned), and the university's seal and signatures. Though it shows full degrees - like Bachelor of Arts, or Doctor of Philosophy - majors aren't shown. Additional diplomas may be ordered at the cost of $25.00 per diploma. For further information regarding diplomas, please e-mail Donna Burkett or call (936) 468-2335.
- Candidates & Guests with Disabilities
Candidates: If you plan to attend the commencement ceremony, please complete the SFA Commencement Accommodations Request Form and meet with the Registrar's Office representative at one of the two times listed on the form. Bring the signed form with you to that meeting.
Guests: The commencement facility is disability accessible. University Police provides a cart for transport from the commuter parking lot to the venue. Disability Services will have a representative on hand at the commencement service to provide wheelchairs as needed. A platform, located to the left of the entrance is designated specifically for wheelchair seating.
An ASL interpreter is provided on the left side of the stage. Seating for guests utilizing the interpreting service is available in the lower rows of section 118.
The Office of the Registrar is committed to providing support for students with disabilities. To the greatest extent possible, the Office of the Registrar shall observe confidentiality with respect to any request for accommodation.
Students who feel they have not been accommodated appropriately can appeal that decision utilizing the university appeals process.