Congratulations, Aggies! 

Texas A&M University at Galveston will host two in-person commencement ceremonies for our December 2021 graduates.

Friday, December 17
Saturday, December 18
Aggie Special Event Center
Texas A&M University at Galveston
200 Seawolf Parkway, Galveston, TX

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Please note there are two ceremonies being held this year. Below are the corresponding degree candidates for each ceremony. Both will be held in the Aggie Special Events Center (ASEC) on campus.

*Tickets are not required for guests attending ceremonies.*

Friday, December 17 at 6:00 p.m.

Graduate Degree Candidates

  • Marine Biology
  • Marine & Coastal Management & Science
  • Marine Resources Management

Undergraduate Degree Candidates

  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Fisheries
  • Marine Sciences
  • Coastal Environmental Science & Society
  • University Studies - Oceans & One Health


Saturday, December 18 at 9:00 a.m.

Graduate Degree Candidates

  • Maritime Business Administration & Logistics
  • Ocean Engineering

Undergraduate Degree Candidates

  • Marine Transportation
  • Marine Engineering Technology
  • Maritime Business Administration
  • Maritime Studies
  • Ocean Engineering
  • University Studies - Marine Environmental Law & Policy
  • University Studies - Tourism & Coastal Community Development


Graduate Information

  • All December 2021 degree candidates must apply for graduation in the Howdy Portal by November 19, 2021 at 5 p.m. After November 19, a paper application must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar by December 8, 2021.

  • Degree candidates will receive periodic emails from the Registrar’s Office after they apply for graduation, or regarding any missing coursework or pending cancellation if they are not clear after applying for graduation. Please be on the lookout for these emails.

  • Graduation supplies, caps and gowns, announcements and other graduation accessories, are available for purchase through The Texas A&M University at Galveston Bookstore. 

  • The TAMU Office of the Registrar will mail diplomas directly to the graduates following the ceremony after they have cleared.
    Please email with questions.

  • Questions regarding commencement can be directed to the Office of Student Enrollment Services, 409.740.4414, or to

Guest Tickets

We are excited to welcome your friends and family for a more intimate commencement ceremony here on the Galveston Campus! In lieu of requiring guest tickets, we simply request that supporters attending the ceremony are conscientious and respectful of the Aggie Special Events Center's (ASEC) space limitations in general and also in regard to COVID-19 safety precautions.

Ceremony Logistics    

Graduates are asked to carefully read the ceremony logistics below to best prepare for participation in commencement.

  • Graduates should wear academic regalia. Cadets should wear the assigned uniform, and Commissioning Cadets should wear choker whites. 
  • Parking fees will be waived for commencement.
  • Graduates should arrive to MAIN Academic Complex no later than 45 minutes prior to the ceremony start time with their regalia. Check-in generally begins no earlier than one hour prior to the start of the ceremony.
  • Upon arrival, graduates will check-in and be provided honor stoles and cords if applicable
  • After check-in, graduates will remain in the robing area to be lined up for the processional.
  • During the ceremony, graduates will be called to the stage by major.
  • Before the graduate’s name is called, the diploma tube will be provided just before walking on stage.
  • As your name is called, you will cross the stage, stopping for a photo on stage. Immediately offstage, another area will be set up for a second photo. A link to purchasing photos will be added to the graduation website after graduation.


All veterans of U.S. military services attending commencement in regalia will be wearing red, white and blue cords symbolizing their service to the United States.


Texas A&M University graduates who meet requirements for graduating with University Honors will be wearing a gold satin stole to at commencement. The University presents the stoles to Latin Honor graduates in recognition of their accomplishments. The stoles for honor graduates will be distributed during line-up before the commencement ceremony.

Students graduating with Galveston Honors must complete 18 hours of Honors coursework. Students must maintain at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point ratio with at least a 3.25 grade point ratio in Honors coursework. Galveston Honors graduates will be wearing a maroon and white patch on their Latin Honors Stole.

Unless otherwise specified below, designation as an honors graduate requires that the degree candidate have completed at least 60 credit hours at Texas A&M University, and that they have at least a 3.50 GPA. The specific honors levels are as follows:

3.50 - 3.69 GPA = Cum Laude
3.70 - 3.89 GPA = Magna Cum Laude
3.90 - 4.00 GPA = Summa Cum Laude

TAMU Student Rules specify certain credits that are excluded from the calculation.

Ceremonial Symbols    

Academic Regalia

Throughout the world, academic institutions have created a wide variety of customs as they have attempted to indicate the accomplishments of scholars, through distinctive dress, color and ceremony. American academic regalia have developed from English traditions, which originated at Oxford and Cambridge, and have been in continual use in this country since colonial times. By the twentieth century, institutions of higher learning in the United States had adopted a well-defined system of academic costume which now includes the identification of the different academic degrees by distinctive gowns, hoods and colors.


The gonfalon, a flag that hangs from a crosspiece or frame, originated in the medieval republics of Italy as an ensign of state or office. Gonfalons have been adopted by many universities around the world as college or institutional insignias.

The gonfalon of Texas A&M University Galveston Campus and the eleven colleges of Texas A&M University all have similar maroon and white patterns. The white field common to all gonfalons serves as a background for the symbol of each college. The symbol of Texas A&M University Galveston Campus is the spiral pattern of the chambered nautilus shell which conforms to the mathematical formula derived from the Fibonacci series of numbers. The blue vertical bands behind it give stability to the vast open waters of the sea.

The Mace

The University mace, carried in ceremonial procession, symbolizes the rich history or Texas A&M University Galveston Campus. The head or the mace is made of Texas mesquite: inlaid on its front is a bronze University seal. A piece of teak from the original Texas Clipper (symbolizing maritime activities) and a piece of whale tooth ivory (symbolizing scientific research and teaching activities) are inlaid on the back of the mace. The foot and coupling between the staff and head are fashioned out of brass taken from the Texas Clipper II. As a coin is traditionally put under the step (bottom) of a mast, a 1962 penny is stepped in the brass foot to commemorate the year of the school's birth as the Texas A&M Maritime Academy. In the hollow center of the brass coupling between the staff and head is a small cavity, containing historical artifacts: a 1971 penny, symbolizing the year the school expanded beyond maritime subjects; a piece of Fort Crockett, the first Galveston building used by the school; and a piece of Kirkham Hall, the first building on the Mitchell Campus.

It was presented to the University in 2006 by Steven Conway, then Director of Information Services, who turned and finished the mesquite and assembled the mace. Trenton Thornton '86 milled the brass for the foot and coupling. Dr. Stephen Curley, Regents Professor, Department of Liberal Studies, suggested historical items to include in the construction.