Commencement Information

Graduating Students

Congratulations on the approach of your graduation!

Information about Fall 2018 has been added



Dates, Times, and Location


Fall 2018 Commencement:


December 14, 2018

 College of Arts & Sciences  7:00 p.m.
students - arrive at 6:00 p.m.


December 15, 2018

 College of Engineering 8:30 a.m.
students - arrive at 7:30 a.m.
College of Business 11:00 a.m.
students - arrive at 10:00 a.m.
College of Fine Arts & Comm. 2:00 p.m.
students - arrive at 1:00 p.m.
College of Education & Human Dev. 5:00 p.m.
students - arrive at 4:00 p.m.

Room assignments for check-in will be provided December 7, 2018 through Facebook and email


Commencement will be held in the Montagne Center. Graduates should arrive an hour before the official start time to ensure plenty of time to check in and line up. Please plan for heavy traffic both before and after the ceremony. 

Directions to Lamar University and information regarding disability access are available on our website.



Montagne Center

Academic Attire

With the exception of active duty military personnel (see below), all graduates must wear the appropriate academic regalia to participate in the commencement ceremony. Caps, gowns and hoods may be purchased at the LU Bookstore. Contact the bookstore at (409) 880-8342 or through their website. Please be aware that your regalia must be ordered by November 22, 2018 in order to be available for commencement.

  • Candidates should wear their tassels over the right eye until the degree is awarded and over the left eye afterward.
  • Candidates are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes. There will be a good deal of standing and walking during the ceremony, including inclined surfaces.
  • Candidates should leave purses, jackets and other personal items with a friend or family member. There will not be a secure place to leave these items during the ceremony and graduates may not be returning to the rooms they check into.
  • Candidates make sure you have bobby pins and safety pins on hand to secure cap, hood, and gown


Active duty military personnel are encouraged to wear their Class A or Dress Blue Uniform.

Red, White and Blue Military Service Cords will be made available to any active duty, guard/reserve or veteran student interested in wearing one during the commencement ceremony. Students interested in allowing Lamar University to honor their service with a Military Service Cord should contact the Office of Veterans Affairs at (409) 880-8437 or by emailing

Graduation Honors - Undergraduates Only

To be designated as an honor graduate, an undergraduate member of the graduating class must have completed at least 60 semester hours at Lamar University and must have a grade point average of at least 3.5 for all undergraduate course work attempted at Lamar University. Only coursework completed at Lamar University will be included in the GPA calculation for honors. Transfer coursework will not be included in the calculation. Honor cords will be handed out when you check in day of commencement.

Cum Laude - 3.5 to 3.64

Magna Cum Laude - 3.65 to 3.79

Summa Cum Laude - 3.8 to 4.0

Grades made the semester of graduation are included in calculation of grade point averages for honors.

Honor graduates will have their honor noted on their diploma, and will be recognized at the commencement ceremony with red and white honor cords.


Diplomas and Transcripts

Your official name as entered in Lamar University's records system will be used for graduation unless a name change is processed by Records Office (Wimberly 102, 409-880-8365) by the payment deadline. You will need to complete an official Name Change form. However, if a student wishes to add or remove a maiden or middle name for the diploma and commencement program, they just need to indicate the change on their graduation application.

Generally, students will receive their diploma at the END of the commencement exercises. If you choose NOT to attend the ceremony, diplomas will begin to be mailed the week following the commencement ceremony. Please allow two to four weeks. It will be mailed to the address indicated on your graduation application. If all of your courses have not yet been graded at the time of commencement, your diploma will not be available at commencement. We will mail your diploma to the mailing address you provided on your graduation application as soon as all course grades have been entered and eligibility is confirmed.

If you would like to order additional copies of your diploma, please notify us at for graduate students and for undergraduate students. Additional diplomas are $25 each.

Degrees will not be posted on transcripts until the end of first business day following commencement exercises. If you need an official transcript reflecting your degree, ask to place a "Hold for Degree" notice on your transcript request.

Commencement Programs

Summer Commencement Programs 2018


Lamar University Commencement Program available December 7, 2018

Additional Information

  • Be sure to remove confidentiality restrictions on your account if you want your name included in the program, website and press releases. You will be notified by email if you have a confidentiality restriction.
  • Check this website the Monday before commencement to see if your name is on the graduation list.
  • Pick a place to meet family and friends after the ceremony. Lamar University will be hosting a reception after the ceremony and graduates and guests are welcome to attend.
  • As you celebrate your accomplishment, please remember this is an important academic ceremony and be respectful of those around you. The possession or use of alcohol, noisemakers such as air horns, fireworks, balloons, flags, confetti, banners, selfie sticks or illegal substances is strictly prohibited. This list is not comprehensive. If a device is disruptive to the other guests or graduates it will not be allowed in the arena or on the floor.
  • Students leaving the ceremony early will not be able to pick their diploma up as they leave. Diplomas are only awarded at the end of the ceremony, we will mail all other diplomas the week following commencement.
  • Flash Photography will be your official commencement photographer. Every graduate will be photographed at the ceremony. If you have not received proofs within 2 weeks of the ceremony, please contact Flash directly at 888-325-3930 or at