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Participation eligibility

Your completed application to graduate must be received no later than two weeks before the commencement ceremony.

The ceremony in which you are eligible to participate is determined by:

  • The conferral date indicated on your application to graduate.
    • This also means: you cannot walk a semester earlier than your graduation date.
  • The assigned date and time designated to your college or department.
    • This also means: you cannot participate during a different ceremony, even if it matches your conferral date.

Graduation application changes

If you or your advisor notify the Office of the Registrar that you're not eligible to graduate when expected, your application for graduation will be deleted and you will not be eligible to participate in commencement.

You must reapply for a different term's graduation and will have the option to participate in that term's commencement ceremony.

Reserving tickets for your guests

Admission to the ceremony is free, however, all guests are required to have a ticket for entry.

  • Tickets are only valid for your specific ceremony.
  • Children 0 to 4 years of age do not need a ticket.

Read more details on ticket information.

Reserving tickets through mySFA

The ticket allotment per candidate is 10 tickets, with the opportunity to get 10 additional tickets.

Ticket reservations are available for a limited time during your final semester. Monitor your mySFA email for instructions from When you receive this email, reserve tickets through the "Confirm Graduation Details" link on the academics page in mySFA. Be sure to complete this before the deadline stated in the email.

If you need more than the maximum number of allotted tickets, your additional guests will need to follow the ticket procedure for general public. Guests unable to attend are invited to watch the ceremony via live-stream.

Candidate Attire

Following HOP policy 02-103 (PDF), candidates for graduation participating in the commencement ceremony must wear the appropriate academic regalia.

SFA's official regalia, adopted in spring 2021, consists of a custom black candidate gown with purple banded sleeves, piping and an embroidered SFA logo on both sleeves, and a purple stole with a 3D Flex Style patch. The purple tassel for the cap includes a custom, colored seal drop.

Commissioned U.S. military officers may wear their dress uniform to the commencement ceremony in lieu of the traditional regalia.

Purchasing your cap and gown

View the hood colors for master's and doctoral candidates. Undergraduate students do not wear a hood with their regalia.

Visit Balfour's SFA Regalia webpage to purchase your official graduation regalia now and have it shipped to the address you provide. The deadline to order for summer 2024 commencement is 11:59 p.m. June 30. Orders may take a minimum of 14 business days to ship.

When your regalia arrives

We strongly suggest you try on the regalia at least one week prior to the ceremony, allowing time to secure a replacement if problems with sizing or zippers occur.

Watch: How to wear your academic regalia

Stoles and honor cords

A purple stole, which students are permitted to decorate, is included in the official SFA regalia package.

Some campus organizations may provide additional stoles to their members. Inquire with your specific organization(s) to learn if they offer those.

Honor cords of any color may be ordered through the vendor of your choice. The Office of the Registrar does not have information regarding how or where you can purchase honor cords.

Mortarboard etiquette

The mortarboard is made to be worn flat on the head (parallel to the floor) and candidates will wear their tassels over the right eye throughout the conferral of all degrees. The ceremony will conclude with a welcome from the Alumni Association, at which time you will be instructed to move your tassel to the left.

Candidates are permitted to decorate their mortarboard.

The SFA Ring

Learn the history of the SFA Ring and details on ordering your own by visiting the SFA Alumni Association's website.

The Big Dip ceremony is a Lumberjack rite of passage. Invitations to participate are extended to students who have earned at least 60 credit hours and have purchased the official SFA Ring. If you have any questions, contact the Alumni Association at 936.468.3407 or

Business-casual expectations

Appropriate business-casual attire is to be worn under your gown. Casual sandals and stiletto heels are not appropriate. You will do a considerable amount of standing and walking as you are escorted to your ceremony seats located on the floor of the Johnson Coliseum.

Pro tip: When you receive your gown, try it on and then hang it up!

Contact the Office of the Registrar

Open: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday
Call: 936.468.2501
Visit: Rusk Building, Second Floor
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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13050 SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962