TCU Commencement


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Spring Commencement

Saturday, May 9, 2015


Fort Worth Convention Center Arena

1201 Houston Street, downtown Fort Worth




9:00 a.m.             

AddRan College of Liberal Arts
College of Fine Arts
University Programs (MLA and Ranch Management)
M.J. Neeley School of Business
2:00 p.m.            

Brite Divinity School
Bob Schieffer College of Communication
College of Education
College of Science & Engineering
Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences




Directions to the Convention Center from TCU campus can be found at:

    SENIORS - if you plan on graduating in May and have not yet filed your intent-to-graduate form in your academic dean's office, please do so as quickly as possible!  

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.
  3. Update your current address (where you presently reside) and your permanent address (parent or guardian’s address) online at:…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 if you need help completing these requirements. View your loans borrowed at TCU at:…Financial Aid…Loan Summary Link.
  5. Satisfy all financial obligations, including graduation fees, in the Financial Services office.
  6. Order your diploma, cap and gown by April 10 at:…Student Center.,..My Academics…Diploma/Cap and Gown Ordering. (Cap and gown orders placed after April 10 are subject to a late fee.)

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Order your cap, gown & diploma


Caps and gowns may be ordered online through Click on Student Center…My Academics and select the “Diploma/Cap and Gown ordering” link. Cap and gown orders placed after April 10 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.


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.


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.


When ordering your diploma at, 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 on your academic records at TCU. Contact the Registrar’s office if you need to make a change to your name for the program. The deadline for online diploma ordering is April 10.


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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 Exhibit Hall of the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena (see map).


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Pick up cap & gown


Pick up your cap and gown on Thursday, May 7, between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or on Friday, May 8, between 9:00 a.m. and noon at the Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center, 2820 Stadium Drive.


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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 12, 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 6. 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


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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 to leave a permanent reminder of your time on campus for future generations of Horned Frogs by making a $50.00 gift 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 will receive a custom engraved brick which will be placed, along with your class, in front of the Mary Couts Burnett Library following completion of the library renovation. For more information, please contact Elyse Menger at 817-257-5876 or To leave your legacy, go to no later than February 27.


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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 6, 5:30 p.m.
Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center


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Day of Commencement


Spring Commencement will be held Saturday, May 9 in the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena, 1201 Houston Street, downtown Fort Worth. (Directions to the Convention Center from TCU campus can be found at:



9:00 a.m.             

AddRan College of Liberal Arts
College of Fine Arts
University Programs (MLA and Ranch Management)
M.J. Neeley School of Business
2:00 p.m.            

Brite Divinity School
Bob Schieffer College of Communication
College of Education
College of Science & Engineering
Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences



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Degree Candidates


When & where to meet

All degree candidates will line up in the Exhibit Hall (see map).

  • For the 9:00 a.m. ceremony arrive no later than 8:15 a.m.
  • For the 2:00 p.m. ceremony arrive no later than 1:15 p.m.
    (Please allow sufficient time to park.)

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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The Fort Worth Convention Center operates 2 parking garages (see map). They are located at 1301 Commerce St. and 1200 Houston St. Both garages are open for event parking only and are not available for overnight parking. The cost is $15.00, pay-on-entrance by cash or credit card.


In addition to the Fort Worth Convention Center garages, there are numerous private surface parking lots and on-street meter parking available within a short distance. Any vehicle parked in a posted NO PARKING area or an unauthorized area will be subject to ticketing or towing at the owner’s expense.


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Tickets are not required. Each degree candidate may invite an unlimited number of guests. Each ceremony will last approximately 2 ½ hours. Doors open 1 hour prior to Commencement. There is no reserved seating. Guests may hold several seats upon arrival; however, roping off or saving entire rows will not be permitted.


Graduate seating maps: Morning and Afternoon


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Disabled accommodations


The Tarrant County Convention Center Arena complies with all ADA requirements. Drop offs are permitted at the 9th Street entrance. Ushers will be on hand to assist guests.


If you need a sign language interpreter, please call (817) 257-7802 at least 10 days prior to Commencement to make those arrangements.


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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 your dean and a posed shot after you exit the stage. Flash Photography will mail proofs to that student’s permanent address and email the student a few days after the event with instructions on how to order photos. If you have any questions, please call 817-924-2626 or email


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 a special photo with the Chancellor for students with a perfect 4.0 GPA. The company will mail information to the student’s permanent address about ordering DVDs.


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Live streaming video


TCU Commencement will be streamed live on this web page for those who cannot
physically attend the ceremony. Download the YTLive app to view the live stream here.


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Other useful links


TCU Alumni:
Registrar’s Office:
Graduate Studies:

Plan your visit (hotels/restaurants/things to do in Fort Worth):


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Important Numbers


AddRan College of Liberal Arts, Dean F. Andrew Schoolmaster
Brite Divinity School, Dean Joretta L. Marshall 817-257-7577
Bob Schieffer College of Communication, Dean David E. Whillock 817-257-5918
College of Education, Dean Mary Martin Patton 817-257-7663
College of Fine Arts, Dean Scott A. Sullivan 817-257-2787
Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences, Acting Dean Susan Weeks 817-257-7519
John V. Roach Honors College, Acting Dean Sarah Robbins 817-257-6489
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
Jostens (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 26, 2015.)


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 PDF-format news release, which can be printed from your computer. Graduating students who also qualified for 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 to update the information and have a corrected release posted to this site or sent to you.


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