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Commencement Day Information

Due to COVID-19, additional guidelines and safety protocols will be in place. 

  • All commencement ceremonies are scheduled at Memorial Stadium.
  • Guests should report to Memorial Stadium. Graduates will report to Wisdom Gym for assembly. No guests will be allowed into Wisdom Gym.
  • Memorial Stadium will be open 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to the ceremony.
  • All guests, including children age 2 and older, are required to present a ticket to enter the commencement ceremonies. 

Location and Parking

Please note: some streets will be barricaded to create safe pedestrian passage or enhance traffic flow.

Social Distancing must be maintained in all settings therefore the university can’t support parking lot gatherings and/or tailgating activities on the campus.

Parking Accommodations

Handicapped parking will be available on the West side of Memorial Stadium. Appropriate permits are required. 

Where To Enter

Entry and seating will take longer. Allow plenty of time to park and navigate through the seating process.

Both sides of Memorial Stadium will open for entry and will be utilized for guest seating. When one side meets capacity, guests will be directed to the other side.

Seating and Safety Protocols

As per Governor Abbott's order face coverings are required. Guests should bring their own face coverings. Face covering will NOT be available for purchase on site. 

  • Social distancing must be maintained in all settings. 
  • Due to strict seating guidelines, your entire party must be present before entering the stadium to be seated. Families who arrive for entry separately will not be able to be seated together.
  • Guests will be escorted to their seats and asked to stay seated during the duration of the ceremony.
  • President Hurley has declared all commencement ceremonies a “casual celebration”. We recommend clothing appropriate for forecasted temperatures.
  • No outside food or beverages will be allowed. No concessions will be available.
  • Due to social distancing, access to restroom facilities could be limited.
  • Expect to manage several sets of stairs throughout the facility and plan to walk a good distance to the seating area. There will be no access to elevators.

Please note: the stadium commencement clear bag policy will be enforced. In addition, please note prohibited items below. 

Prohibited Items

The following are prohibited inside Memorial Stadium during Commencement Ceremonies: umbrellas, canopies, strollers, laser pointers/laser pens, prohibited weapons, glass containers or cans of any kind, large purses or backpacks, wrapped gifts, noise makers, fireworks, outside food and beverage, use of tobacco products of any kind (including electronic & vapor cigarettes), large signs, signs with glitter, flags, sticks (including selfie sticks), poles & large banners, animals other than service animals, beach balls, helium balloons, the use of skate shoes, and any item or action deemed to threaten public safety.

Where to Meet Family Afterwards

Following the ceremony, graduates will be led from Memorial Stadium and will be dismissed onto Rudder Way (North side of Wisdom Gym). There are many picturesque spots along Rudder Way and throughout the campus for celebration photos.

Designate a place to meet your graduate after the ceremony outside of Memorial Stadium.

As a reminder, social distancing must be maintained in all settings therefore the university can’t support parking lot gatherings and/or tailgating activities on the campus.

ADA Accommodations

It is the policy of Tarleton State University to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable laws. If you or your guest(s) will be attending graduation and will need disability related accommodations in order to have access, please email graduation@tarleton.edu.

Handicapped Seating

Those requiring ADA seating should plan to arrive at least 1 hour prior to the ceremony so accommodations can be made.

Ceremony Length/Duration

We anticipate ceremonies lasting 90-120 minutes. Please plan accordingly.

Commencement Media

Streaming

Live streaming will be available for the graduation ceremonies. To view the live stream please see the Commencement homepage for instructions

Venue conditions will be challenging. We recommend anyone in a high-risk category, those with medical issues or anyone who is vulnerable in hot temperatures to utilize the live streaming option.

Photography

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 provide 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.