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Preparing for Commencement


The SFA official regalia design will not be required, but is encouraged, for December 2021 commencement. It will be required for May 2022 commencement.

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:

  • 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

Updates to your graduation application, other than the commencement date, should be emailed to

Should you or your advising team notify the graduation office that you are not eligible to graduate when expected, your graduation application and commencement participation will be deleted. You must reapply for a different term’s graduation and will have the option to participate in that term’s commencement ceremony.

Tickets required for December 2021 commencement ceremonies

You will be allotted a maximum of 10 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 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.

If you need more than the maximum 10 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

SFA faculty, staff and administrators want to celebrate your huge achievement with you and provide a graduation ceremony appropriate to the occasion.

As part of that goal, the university decided in spring 2021 to enhance the commencement experience by adopting an official regalia design, which includes a custom black bachelor’s 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.

Official regalia is required to participate in the university’s commencement exercises and graduation ceremonies. We recognize this will take a period of adjustment going forward and will work with you and your family through this transition.

Local retail stores were informed in mid-July of this upgraded standard and that Balfour, the supplier of the official regalia, chose our on-campus bookstore, Barnes & Noble, as an exclusive retail provider.

Official regalia will not be required, but is encouraged, for December 2021 commencement. It will be required for May 2022 commencement. Barnes & Noble Bookstore will work with those who purchased regalia from Barnes & Noble prior to the change and will provide assistance with returns and ordering the new regalia.

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

Our on-campus Barnes & Noble is the exclusive retail provider of official SFA regalia.

Barnes & Noble Bookstore
7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Closed Sunday

If you prefer to have your official SFA regalia shipped to you, visit the supplier's website directly,, to place your online order.

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.

We hope you will be a part of our upgraded experience and look forward to seeing you at commencement.

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.

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 that 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 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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