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Spring Commencement Information

 


 

Reception for all graduates
and their families

Friday, May 12, 2017

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Campus Commons, 2901 Stadium Drive, Fort Worth, Texas

 


Commencement Ceremonies

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena
2900 Stadium Drive

 


9:00 a.m.

Bob Schieffer College of Communication

College of Science & Engineering

University Programs (MLA and Ranch Management)

Class of 1967 50-Year Reunion


1:00 p.m.

Neeley School of Business

College of Fine Arts

 

5:00 p.m.

AddRan College of Liberal Arts

Brite Divinity School

College of Education
Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences


 
   

 

 
   


 
 

Before Commencement

 

Countdown to Graduation!

 

Six Easy Steps to Graduation!
In order to graduate, you must complete the following:

  1. File an intent-to-graduate form in your academic dean’s office early in your next-to-last semester of study. You should meet with your academic advisor prior to registering for your final semester’s classes.
  2. Complete the courses for your final semester. Be sure that all “I” (incomplete) grades are completed and all official transcripts from other universities are filed in the Registrar’s office. Deadline for "I" grades is March 20. Deadline for transcripts is May 10.
  3. Update your current address (where you presently reside) and your permanent address (parent or guardian’s address) online at: my.tcu.edu…Student Center…Personal Information. The addresses are important as you will receive mailings from the Registrar, the Chancellor’s office and other key University personnel concerning graduation. Your address is also provided to the professional photographer and videographer. (NOTE: If you have FERPA set on your account, your address will not be given.)
  4. Complete exit requirements for your student loans. Please contact the Financial Aid office at financialaid@tcu.edu if you need help completing these requirements. View your loans borrowed at TCU at: my.tcu.edu…Financial Aid…Loan Summary Link.
  5. Satisfy all financial obligations, including graduation fees, in the Financial Services office by May 1.
  6. Order your diploma, cap and gown online by April 16 at: my.tcu.edu…Student Center…My Academics…Diploma/Cap and Gown Ordering. (Cap and gown orders placed after April 16 are subject to a late fee.)

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Order your cap, gown & diploma

 

Caps and gowns may be ordered online through my.tcu.edu. Click on Student Center…My Academics and select the “Diploma/Cap and Gown ordering” link. Cap and gown orders placed after April 16 are subject to a late fee. Late orders can be placed by calling Jostens at 800-854-7464. The gown is rented; however, graduate students who wish to purchase the gown and/or hood may call Jostens at 800-854-7464. Graduates may keep the cap and tassel.

 

When ordering your diploma at my.tcu.edu, remember that tradition suggests your full name (First Middle Last) for the diploma; no nicknames or titles. The name published in the Commencement program will be the same as the name you have printed on your diploma. The deadline for online diploma ordering is April 16. All accounts must be paid by May 1.

 

If you cannot attend Commencement, check the “Not Attending Commencement” box. Candidates must provide name, student ID number, degree information, and a permanent mailing address. Diplomas will be mailed in June.

 

Latin Honors are printed on the diploma. All honors are announced from the podium and are printed in the program. There are no cords for Latin Honors. Some organizations provide honor cords to wear with the gown; please contact your organization for this information.

 

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Walk-number cards

 

Before Commencement, you will receive your walk-number card in the mail. This card will indicate your place in the processional line. You must bring this card with you on the day of Commencement and carry it with you to ensure that you receive the correct diploma. If you lose your card, replacements will be available in the Registrar’s office, Sadler Hall, Room 1006. On the day of Commencement, replacement cards will be available at the Registrar’s table located in the graduate line-up area.

 

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Pick up cap & gown

 

Pick up your cap and gown on Thursday, May 11, between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or on Friday, May 12, between 9:00 a.m. and noon at the Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center, 2820 Stadium Drive. If you miss this deadline, you can pick up your cap and gown on the day of Commencement. A representative from Josten's will be set up near the graduate line-up area.

 

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Announcements

 

Formal announcements with the official TCU seal are available only through Herff Jones. You can order announcements directly online here. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

 

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Transcripts and incomplete grades

 

Incomplete grade deadline is March 20, unless you have filed an extension or are working on your thesis/dissertation. You cannot graduate with an “I” that has not been removed. Deadline for receiving transcripts from another college is May 10. Please make arrangements with your professors at the other university in order to meet this deadline. If you have any trouble with this deadline, contact Kristi Harrison in the Registrar’s Office at 817-257-5090 or k.harrison@tcu.edu.

 

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Payment of fees

 

The graduation fee is charged to all degree candidates (including students graduating “in absentia”) to your student account. Once you are listed as a degree candidate, this is a non-refundable fee, even if your graduation is deferred for academic or financial reasons. Your student account, including this fee, must be paid in full by May 1.

 

• Undergraduate: $55.00
• Master: $65.00
• Doctorate: $100.00

 

If you have any questions please contact: Student Financial Services at 817-257-7836.

 

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Senior Class Legacy

 

The Senior Class Legacy is a way for you and your classmates to leave a permanent reminder of your time on campus for future generations of Horned Frogs. Your $50 annually recurring gift can be donated to the University area of your choice. As a thank you for your gift, you will have the opportunity to honor three individuals in the Commencement program and a custom engraved brick will be placed along with those of your fellow graduates in the Intellectual Commons next to the Mary Couts Burnett Library. In addition, seniors who contribute to the class gift will earn a three-year membership in the Junior Clark Society. For more information, please contact Michael Tauchar at 817-257-6569 or m.tauchar@tcu.edu.

 

To leave your legacy, go to Senior Class Legacy by March 1, 2017.

 

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Senior Toast and Fiesta with Chancellor Boschini

 

Celebrate graduation with your friends at Senior Toast! Don’t miss out on the FREE fajita dinner, music, door prices and a purple margarita toast given by Chancellor Boschini!

 

Wednesday, May 10, 5:30 p.m.
Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center

 

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Commencement Academic Events - Spring 2017

 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Student Veterans Honor Cord Ceremony
1:00 p.m.
Brown-Lupton University Union (BLUU) Ballroom C & D
2901 Stadium Drive

 

Phi Beta Kappa Initiation
2:00 p.m.
BLUU Auditorium

 

Ranch Management Graduation
6:30 p.m.
BLUU Ballroom

 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Science & Engineering Masters Hooding Ceremony
9:00 a.m.
Sid W. Richardson Building, Lecture Hall 3
Followed by a reception in the William E. and Jean Jones Tucker Technology Center,
Lower Level Atrium
2840 West Bowie Street

 

College of Education Pinning Ceremony
10:00 a.m.
BLUU Ballroom C & D

 

Air Force ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
10:00 a.m.
BLUU Ballroom A & B

 

Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
10:00 a.m.
BLUU Auditorium

 

Davies School of Communication Sciences and Disorders Hooding
1:00 p.m.
BLUU Auditorium

 

Athletics Stoling Ceremony & Graduation Reception
3:00 p.m.
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Champions Club
2850 Stadium Drive


John V. Roach Honors College Laureate Reception
3:00 p.m.
AddRan Plaza

 

Masters of Criminal Justice Reception
3:00 p.m.
Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center, Cox A
2820 Stadium Drive

 

Science & Engineering Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony
3:00 p.m.
William E. and Jean Jones Tucker Technology Center, Room 139
Followed by a reception in the Lower Level Atrium
2840 West Bowie Street

 

AddRan College of Liberal Arts Hooding
4:30 p.m.
Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center, Cox C
2820 Stadium Drive

 

Masters of Social Work Hooding
4:00 p.m.
King Family Commons
Corner of Bellaire Drive N and Stadium Drive

 

Neeley School of Business Hooding
5:00 p.m.
Ed Landreth Auditorium
2800 S. University Drive

 

Harris College of Nursing Pinning
5:30 p.m.
BLUU Ballroom

 

College of Education Hooding
6:30 p.m.
BLUU Auditorium

 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Harris College of Nursing Graduate Hooding
2:00 p.m. 
BLUU Ballroom

 

Brite Divinity School Hooding
2:00 p.m.
University Christian Church
2720 S. University Drive

 

 

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Commencement Reception


A reception for all graduates and their families will be held Friday evening, May 12, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Campus Commons, 2901 Stadium Drive, on the TCU campus (See map). Food, music and photo opportunities are available. The evening ends with the singing of the TCU Alma Mater followed by a fireworks display.

 

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Day of Commencement

 

Spring Commencement will be held Saturday, May 13, 2016, in the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena, 2900 Stadium Drive, on the TCU Campus.


9:00 a.m.
Bob Schieffer College of Communication
College of Science & Engineering
University Programs (MLA and Ranch Management)
Class of 1967 50-Year Reunion

 

1:00 p.m.
Neeley School of Business
College of Fine Arts

 

5:00 p.m.
AddRan College of Liberal Arts
Brite Divinity School
College of Education
Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences

 
       
 

Degree Candidates

 

When & where to meet

All degree candidates will line up near the tunnel entrance at the north end of Schollmaier Arena at least 45 minutes before Commencement:

  • 8:15 a.m. for the 9:00 a.m. ceremony
  • 12:15 p.m. for the 1:00 p.m. ceremony
  • 4:15 p.m. for the 5:00 p.m. ceremony

Graduates ONLY should enter from Frog Alley through Gate 10 of Amon Carter Stadium (See map). Remember to bring your walk-number card with you.

 

Assemble in cap and gown carrying your walk-number card that indicates your place in line. Do not bring purses, cell phones or other personal items. As Commencement is a formal academic ceremony, we recommend that candidates dress appropriately. Comfortable business attire is recommended.

 

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Guests

 

Guests will enter the arena at the main entrance on Stadium Drive (See map). Tickets are not required. Each ceremony will last approximately 2-2 ½ hours.

 

There is no reserved seating. Guests may hold several seats upon arrival; however roping off or saving entire rows will not be permitted. If you need wheelchair access or cannot climb steps, please arrive a little early and ushers will be on hand to assist you.

 

To see where your graduate will be seated please use these links:

 

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Parking

 

Free parking for Commencement will be available (See map). Disabled parking will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis (permit required).

 

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Disabled accommodations

 

Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena complies with all ADA requirements. If you need wheelchair access or cannot climb steps, please arrive a little early and ushers will be on hand to assist you. If you need a sign-language interpreter please call (817) 257-7802 at least 10 days prior to Commencement.

 

Handicap parking (permit required) is available in Lot 6 on a first-come, first-served basis. Drop offs are permitted across the street at the Brown-Lupton University Union. There will be golf carts in these areas to assist guests (See map).

 

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Appropriate behavior

 

Commencement is a special event for everyone involved. Please show respect for all who have come to share in this landmark experience. Individuals who engage in inappropriate or disruptive behavior may be removed from the event.

 

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Prohibited actions & items

  • Any artificial noisemakers (i.e., air horns, cans filled with contents, etc.)
  • Balloons
  • Confetti
  • Smoking
  • Pets
  • Alcoholic beverages

 

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Lost & found

 

Please see ushers for lost and found. After Commencement, contact the TCU Police office at 3025 Lubbock Street or call 817-257-7777.

 

 

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Professional photography

 

Flash Photography will be on hand to take pictures of all graduates. Three pictures will be taken: one with the Chancellor, one with the Dean and a posed shot after you exit the stage. The company will mail proofs to the graduate's permanent address and send an email with instructions on how to order photos. For questions please call 817-924-2626 or email flash10@aol.com.

 

Red Productions will produce a DVD of the Commencement ceremony. Included in the DVD is the entire ceremony, each graduate on stage with the Chancellor, and highlights from the reception. The company will mail information about ordering DVDs.

 

NOTE: If you have FERPA set on your TCU account, your address will not be given to the professional photographers.

 

You may also take informal photos with your family during the reception.

 

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Other useful links

 

TCU Alumni: https://alumni.tcu.edu
Registrar Office: www.reg.tcu.edu/gradinfo.asp
Graduate Studies: www.graduate.tcu.edu

Plan your visit (hotels/restaurants/things to do in Fort Worth): http://www.fortworth.com/

 

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Important Numbers

 

AddRan College of Liberal Arts, Dean F. Andrew Schoolmaster
817-257-7160
Brite Divinity School, Dean Joretta L. Marshall 817-257-7577
Bob Schieffer College of Communication, Dean Kristie Bunton 817-257-5918
College of Education, Dean Mary Martin Patton 817-257-7663
College of Fine Arts, Dean Anne Helmreich 817-257-2787
Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences, Dean Susan Mace Weeks 817-257-6749
John V. Roach Honors College, Dean Diane M. Snow 817-257-7125
Neeley School of Business, Dean O. Homer Erekson 817-257-6772
College of Science & Engineering, Dean Philip S. Hartman 817-257-7727
University Programs, Associate Provost and Dean, Bonnie E. Melhart 817-257-7104
Alumni Association 817-257-7803
Bookstore 817-257-7844
Career & Professional Development 817-257-2222
Commencement, Office of Community Projects 817-257-7802
Financial Services 817-257-7834
Flash Photography 817-924-2626
Herff Jones (announcements) 281-353-2774
Josten's (cap & gown) 800-854-7464
Registrar’s Office 817-257-7825
Red Productions LLC (graduation DVD orders) 817-810-0777

 

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After Commencement

 

Hometown News

 

After Commencement, use this page to locate and print a news release announcing your student's graduation or selection to the Dean's or TCU Scholar's List. (This information will be available on or around June 30, 2017.)

 

Enter the student's last name in the search field, then click "search." Click on your student's name when it appears on the screen to access a customized news release, which can be printed from your computer. Graduating students who also qualified for the Dean's or TCU Scholar's List will appear twice; be certain to print both news releases for your scrapbook or files.
 
Feel free to use the space at the bottom of the news release to add other information about your student, including other academic honors received, grandparents' names, high school attended, college organizations and extracurricular activities, etc. We encourage parents to submit these news releases to your local newspaper, which may choose to print the information.

 

If there is a mistake in your student's news release, please contact Holly Ellman at h.ellman@tcu.edu to update the information and have a corrected release posted to this site or sent to you.

 

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