TCU Commencement



Spring Commencement

May 10, 2014, 9 a.m. (Gates open at 8 a.m.)

Amon G. Carter Stadium

2850 Stadium Drive




Order of Commencement:


Doctoral Degrees

AddRan College of Liberal Arts

Brite Divinity School

Bob Schieffer College of Communication

College of Education

College of Fine Arts

M.J. Neeley School of Business

College of Science & Engineering

Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences

University Programs (MLA and Ranch Management)


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 and cap and gown online by April 4 at:…Student Center…My Academics…Diploma/Cap and Gown Ordering. (Order cap and gown five weeks prior to Commencement to avoid rush 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 4 are subject to a late fee. Late orders can be placed by calling Herff Jones at 281-353-2774 or emailing The gown is rented; however, graduate students who wish to purchase the gown and/or hood, may call Herff Jones at 281-353-2774. Graduates may keep the cap and tassle. 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. 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 program. The deadline for online diploma ordering is April 4. All accounts must be paid by May 1.


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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 inside Gate 4 in the west concourse of Amon G. Carter Stadium (map).


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Pick up cap & gown


Pick up your cap and gown on Wednesday (May 7), Thursday (May 8) or Friday (May 9) between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the TCU Bookstore (Level 2).


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


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Transcripts and incomplete grades


Incomplete Grade deadline is March 13, unless you have filed an extension or are working on Thesis/Dissertation. You cannot graduate with an “I” that has not been removed. Deadline for receiving transcripts from another college is May 5. Please make arrangements with your professors at the other university in order to make this deadline. Please contact Kristi Harrison in the Registrar’s Office at 817-257-5090 or if you have any trouble with this deadline.


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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 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 a custom engraved brick will be placed along with those of your fellow graduates in front of the Mary Couts Burnett Library. For more information, please contact Harmonie Farrow at 817-257-6906 or To leave your legacy, go to no later than February 28.


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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 prizes and a purple margarita toast given by Chancellor Boschini!


Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center


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Day of Commencement (Gates open at 8 a.m.)


Spring Commencement will be held Saturday, May 10, at 9 a.m. in Amon G. Carter Stadium, 2850 Stadium Drive, on the TCU campus.


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Due to ongoing construction, there may be changes to existing parking. (Please see parking map.) If possible, carpooling is highly recommended and we encourage you to arrive early. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding as TCU continues to work to improve its facilities.


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Degree Candidates


When & where to meet


All degree candidates will line up in the west concourse of Amon G. Carter Stadium (Gate 4 - see map) no later than 8:15 a.m. (Please allow sufficient time to park and ride shuttle.) 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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All faculty/staff (with the exception of the platform party) will park in Lot 3 and enter through Gate 5 - see map. You will be directed to the appropriate area in the west concourse of Amon G. Carter Stadium. Please line up no later than 8:15. Information will be mailed to the platform party regarding parking, arrival time, etc.


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Tickets are not required. Each degree candidate may invite an unlimited number of guests. The ceremony will last 3 ½ - 4 hours. Gates open 1 hour prior to Commencement (map). There is no reserved seating. Guests may hold several seats upon arrival; however roping off or saving entire rows will not be permitted.


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Disabled accommodations


Disabled parking is provided in Lots 1 and 6 if you have that designation on your vehicle.  Lot 13 also provides accommodation with shuttle service (see parking map).


Seating for individuals with limited mobility, including wheelchair accessibility, is available in Amon G. Carter Stadium (see stadium map).  We recommend that guests arrive early; gates open at 8 a.m. Stadium staff will be on hand to direct you to available seating.  (Please note that no wheelchairs will be available on site.)


If you need accommodations for the hearing impaired, please call the Office of Community Projects at 817-257-7802 at least 10 days prior to Commencement to make 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, or any other item used to make artificial noise)
• Balloons
• Glass bottles or containers
• Smoking in seating areas
• Outside food or drinks
• Pets
• Strollers in seating areas – allowed in concourse area only
• Umbrellas


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Guest services


For lost parents/children, please go to Guest Services at Amon G. Carter Stadium located near Gate 1 in the southwest corner of the concourse. Lost and found will also be located at Guest Services – after Commencement, please contact the TCU Police office at 3025 Lubbock Street or call 817-257-7777.



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Concessions in Amon G. Carter Stadium will be open and complimentary water will be available.



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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, highlights from the reception and a special photo with the Chancellor for students with a perfect 4.0 GPA. 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.


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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.


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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, Dean Paulette G. Burns 817-257-6749
John V. Roach Honors College, Dean Peggy W. Watson 817-257-7125
Neeley School of Business, Dean O. Homer Erekson 817-257-7527
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 Services 817-257-2222
Commencement, Office of Community Projects 817-257-7802
Financial Services 817-257-7834
Flash Photography 817-924-2626
Herff Jones (announcements, caps and gowns) 281-353-2774
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 27, 2014.)


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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