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All graduation candidates should read the following information carefully.

Students anticipating graduation must apply for graduation within the first three weeks of the semester in which they intend to graduate. Deadlines for each semester are posted on the Registrar's Academic Calendar.

The Application for Graduation is located via self-service banner under student records.

Once the deadline for graduation application has passed, your transcript and degree audit will be reviewed to determine if you are on track to graduate during the semester you applied. Once all applications have been processed you will be notified via your Texas State email account if you are approved to participate in the ceremony.

Once grades have posted to your Texas State transcript it will then be determined if you have satisfied all degree requirements. An email will be sent to your Texas State Email address notifying you of your final application status.


The College of Applied Arts Academic Advising Center will send emails to all graduation candidates throughout the semester. These emails will contain important information regarding upcoming deadlines, the commencement ceremony, etc. If you do not receive any such emails, please contact the Advising Center at 512.245.1490 or stop by AG 201.

Commencement ceremony information for the College of Applied Arts (date, time, location, etc.) can be found on the Commencement Website.


Finally, we encourage all graduation candidates to read the qualifications for the Tuition Rebate to see if they qualify for a rebate of up to $1000. If you qualify, you must submit your application for your rebate no later than the first Monday after your commencement ceremony.  

Again, congratulations from the College of Applied Arts Academic Advising Center.


 Participation Policy

Effective with the spring 2020 semester, the previous Participant Policy allowing students to participate in a commencement ceremony prior to their official graduation semester has been temporarily suspended.

For example, for the August 2020 Virtual Commencement, the commencement program and virtual ceremonies marked as “spring graduates” would only include spring 2020 graduates whose degrees were awarded in May.  Those students who have applied for graduation in summer 2020 and are on track to complete all degree requirements in August will appear in the commencement program and virtual ceremonies marked as “summer graduates”. 

The Participant Policy will be reviewed again in the future, when the situation with COVID-19 improves and commencement ceremonies can be held in a more traditional manner.

The university is considering options for spring 2020 and summer 2020 graduates to attend a future commencement celebration. Until a decision is made, graduates will not be assigned to attend a future in-person commencement ceremony.