Policy Governing Student Participation in Commencement
Commencement ceremonies recognize academic achievements of students and faculty. While ceremonial in nature, commencement is a time for the university to celebrate a major milestone in the life of the academic community. Participation in commencement at Texas Christian University is an honor shared among graduates.
A Student participates in the commencement ceremony following the term in which the student completes all requirements for the degree (Spring semester graduates participate in the May commencement. Summer and fall semester graduates participate in the December commencement.)
Graduation is approved by the academic dean of the student's major in the form of a formal degree plan (completion of the degree is audited by the Registrar) and by the Controller's indication that the student has met all financial obligations to the university.
Students who have an approved degree plan from their dean that would make them eligible for a commencement, but fail to complete that degree plan may appeal to the Registrar to participate in commencement. If approved, such students will not receive a diploma or have their name in the commencement program, but will have their name read as they cross the stage. All appeals regarding participation in commencement are made to the Registrar, and the Registrar's decision in these cases is final.
This policy is frequently applied at May Commencement. Students who are completing degrees in the summer frequently request to walk in the May commencement. This policy does not permit that. Only students who are graduating in the spring semester are allowed to participate. The only exception is for students who are: 1) registered and expected to complete all required courses in the semester of commencement; 2) have a degree plan in the Registrar's Office with an expectation of graduation; 3)find out when final grades come in that they have not met requirements; and 4) make a written appeal to participate. This exception is allowed to accommodate friends and family who may already be in transit at the time the student learns of failure to meet graduation requirements.