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Participation eligibility

Your completed application to graduate must be received no later than two weeks before the commencement ceremony. Review the graduation and commencement key dates carefully.

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

  • Conferral date indicated on your application to graduate.
    • This also means: you cannot walk a semester earlier than your graduate 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.

Changes made to your application will affect...

Changes made by you or a representative from your college's academic advising office prior to the day of your commencement ceremony will have the following effects:

  • Application deleted: If your application is deleted, you are ineligible to participate.
  • Application moved: If your application is moved to a new conferral date, you are only eligible to participate in the ceremony corresponding with the new date.

Tickets required for Aug. 2021 commencement ceremonies

You will be allotted one ticket for yourself to participate and a maximum of 15 guest tickets. Tickets will help university officials ensure the venue is not overcrowded and adequate spacing can be maintained during the event. Admission to the ceremony is free. These tickets will only be valid for your specific commencement ceremony and are required to enter the Johnson Coliseum.

Tickets are reserved in Marching Order through the commencement registration form; children 0 to 4 years of age do not need a ticket.

Guests unable to attend are invited to watch the ceremony via live-stream.

Candidate Attire

The university policy 6.8 (PDF) states all candidates for graduation participating in the commencement ceremony must wear the appropriate academic regalia. Commissioned U.S. military officers may wear their dress uniform to the commencement ceremony in lieu of the traditional regalia.

Purchasing your regalia

Cap, gown, tassel, hood

Commencement regalia, including the proper hood color (PDF) for master's or doctoral degree candidates, will be available to purchase the week of July 15.

Visit the Barnes & Noble Bookstore, located inside the Baker Pattillo Student Center, during the hours of operation below. If you prefer to have your regalia shipped directly to you, call to place your order.

Barnes & Noble Bookstore
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday
Closed Saturday and Sunday

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.

Stoles and honor cords: Stoles and honor cords may be ordered at your discretion through the vendor of your choice.

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 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

Business-casual expectations

Appropriate business-casual attire is to be worn under your gown. The Center for Career and Professional Development offers a guide for selecting business-casual attire (PDF). Casual sandals and stiletto heels are not appropriate. You will do a considerable amount of standing and walking (including 51 stairs!) as you are escorted to your ceremony seats located on the floor of the Johnson Coliseum.

Mortarboard etiquette

The mortarboard is made to be worn flat on the head (parallel to the floor) and not decorated in any way. 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.

Accessibility needs

Ceremony interpreting services

A sign language interpreter will be present on the platform during the commencement ceremony. Reserved seating for persons using sign language interpreter services will be available near the platform. 

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  • Advance request: Provide specific information for the interpreter coordinator by completing the online Interpreter Request form.
  • On-site request: Prior to the platform processional, visit the Disability Services table located between the front entrance and The Jack Shop.

Candidates with a disability

If you are in need of assistance for your commencement ceremony, complete and sign the Commencement Accommodations Request form. Note the form provides two day/time slots for you to visit with a representative from the Office of the Registrar prior to the ceremony. This meeting will occur at the Johnson Coliseum and you must provide a hardcopy of this document.

The registrar's office is committed to providing support for students with disabilities. To the greatest extent possible, we will observe confidentiality with respect to any request for accommodation. Students who feel they have not been accommodated appropriately may appeal the decision utilizing the university's appeals process.

Guests needing accessible seating

The Johnson Coliseum is an accessible facility.

Transportation from parking lot to facility

University police will provide cart transportation from the commuter parking lot to the entrance of the Johnson Coliseum.

Courtesy wheelchairs

SFA has a limited number of wheelchairs, and availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. A representative from Disability Services will be at the entrance of the Johnson Coliseum providing courtesy wheelchairs for ceremony guests.

Wheelchair seating

Platforms on the concourse level, located on each side of the ceremony stage, are designated specifically for wheelchair seating.


Office of the Registrar

Physical Address:
Rusk Building, Room 202

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13050 SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

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