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Seating for Commencement is first come, first served; allow sufficient time to park and be seated. If a disabled or elderly person will require accommodations, plan to arrive early to avoid the crowds in the parking lot and facility lobby. Wheelchair seating is available on a very limited basis. Additional seating is designated for those who are challenged by steps/bleachers. One family member may accompany individuals seated in these designated areas if space allows.


View our maps page for a map of Tarleton's campus including commencement ceremony locations.


General parking

Parking is available in any university parking lot.



Handicapped parking will be available on the South side of the Kinesiology Building. Appropriate permits required.


There is limited ADA seating at commencement. Those requiring such seating arrangements need to arrive 45 minutes prior to the ceremony so accommodations can be made. Because space is limited, family and friends will not be able to be seated with their family members seated in ADA sections. Those requiring assistance may have one adult accompany them, though this individual may be required to stand behind the ADA seating area for the duration of the ceremony depending on demand and availability in these areas.

Other ADA needs (ex: interpreter)

It is the policy of Tarleton State University to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable laws. If you will be attending graduation and will need disability related accommodations in order to have access, please contact the Center for Access and Academic Testing (CAAT) at 254.968.9400.


Only students who have filed for graduation and have been cleared by the Registrar's Office are eligible to receive tickets.

Graduates will receive the following number of tickets for their ceremony:

Tickets per Graduate per College
College Tickets Per Student
College of Agricultural and Environmental Science 8 tickets
College of Business Administration 8 tickets
College of Education 8 tickets
College of Health Sciences and Human Services 8 tickets
College of Liberal and Fine Arts 8 tickets
College of Science and Technology 8 tickets
College of Graduate Studies 14 tickets

Tickets are required for any guests planning to attend commencement ceremonies. For those who arrive without tickets, an overflow viewing room will be available on a first come first served basis, space is very limited.


Wisdom Gym inside the Kinesiology Building is located at the corner of N. Rome Avenue and W. Sloan Street in Stephenville, Texas.

Where to enter/leave the building

Access to Wisdom Gym for both graduates and guests is ONLY through the main South entrance.

It will be very important to designate a meeting place prior to the ceremony because graduates and guests will be leaving the facility through a variety of exits. Following the ceremony, graduates will exit Wisdom Gym on the south side of the building (through a different set of doors than the entrance). Guests will be directed through a variety of exits around the building based on where they are seated in Wisdom Gym. Graduates and guests will NOT be allowed back in the Kinesiology Building due to preparation for the next ceremony.


All ceremonies typically last 60 to 90 minutes.


Live streaming will be available for the graduation ceremonies. To view the live stream please see the Commencement Media page for instructions. For those who arrive without tickets, an overflow viewing room will be available. Overflow is available on a first come first serve basis, space is very limited.


Flash Photography will be taking pictures at each commencement ceremony. Graduates will be contacted  by Flash Photography to place orders. They will use the contact information graduates provided on the back of their name card (which will be completed prior to the ceremony on graduation day). Graduates may contact Flash Photography at 817-924-2626.


For local hotel accommodations, please visit the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce.  For hotel accommodations in surrounding communities, please visit the Granbury Chamber of Commerce and the Glen Rose Chamber of Commerce.