NOTE: There is no August Commencement ceremony. Students planning to graduate in August may choose to participate in either the May or December ceremony. Students planning to walk in the May ceremony must submit their August Graduation Application by March 15 if they want their name included in the May Commencement Program.


Congratulations! Your years of hard work and perseverance have come to an end, and it’s time for graduation. Here’s what you should do to make certain that the path to the ceremony is smooth.

Graduation Application

First, apply for graduation from the Graduate School; the application form is available through the Buffalo Portal. There is no fee, but be sure to apply by the deadlines.


May Graduation
Application Available: September 15
Deadline to Apply: December 1

August Graduation
Application Available: September 15
Deadline to Apply: May 1

December Graduation
Application Available: February 15
Apply by August 1

Second, go to the University Bookstore. You can buy your regalia and order invitations there.

You will receive letter from the Graduate School with instructions for the ceremony, but you likely want to know what will occur. Briefly, you will line up with others in your college who are getting the same degree as you (e.g, MA, MS, MEd, MBA, etc). You will be led into the ceremony by a faculty member from your college and be followed by your college’s undergraduates. Staff from the Graduate School will be on hand to make sure you line up correctly, arrange your hood properly, and meet up with faculty leader at the right time. Then, you just enjoy the ceremony and bask in the recognition of all you have accomplished.

Following a custom established in the 14th century, master’s and doctoral scholars display their academic achievements by wearing academic graduation hoods. The hood, adorned with the college colors, represents the academic accomplishments recognized by the university and academia.  Thus, the hood represents the honor designation as all those who achieve a master’s or doctoral degree are recognized as completing a rigorous program of study at the highest levels of academic achievement. This tradition is represented by the WTAMU faculty at each commencement ceremony by faculty wearing academic regalia. To further recognize this honor, each WTAMU master’s level graduate student participating in the commencement ceremony is individually hooded by his or her college dean.  Those students completing the doctoral degree are hooded by their major advisor.

WTAMU’s process is consistent with many other graduate schools. While it is not traditional at the graduate school level for master's students to graduate with an honors designation, it understandable that students who complete graduate level coursework with a 4.0 are proud of this achievement. Students who desire and request further recognition for a perfect 4.0 GPA can receive a professional certificate of recognition.  Any student who has a final GPA of 4.0 should contact the Graduate School if he/she would like the certificate.

Changing Your Program of Study

If you find that your Program of Study, Major or Minor information is not correct on the Graduation Application, you will need to complete a Degree Information Form before completing the Graduation Application. The list below provides contact information.

Graduate School:
Contact Heather Wilson,, KRC 102E, 806-651-2739

Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences:
Contact Rebekah Bachman,, AGS 262, 806-651-3570

Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business:
Contact Darlene Brasington,, CC 214A, 806-651-4031

College of Education and Social Sciences:
Contact Kathy Lefever,, OM 410, 806-651-2600

College of Engineering:
Contact Jenny Mai,, ECS 119, 806-651-5257

College of Nursing and Health Sciences:
Contact Vicki Hamblen,, OM 402, 806-651-3500

Sybil B Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities:
Contact Verna Hodge,, MMNH 181, 806-651-2782 

Tuition Rebate

If you are a Texas resident and are graduating with your first baccalaureate degree, you may qualify for a $1000 Tuition Rebate. Review the checklist of requirements to determine if you fit the required qualifications.

Tuition Rebate Checklist and Form 

Graduation FAQs

Frequently asked questions about commencement for graduate students