Texas A&M To Celebrate Fall Graduates
Texas A&M University will award 5,085 degrees to fall graduates in a series of in-person commencement ceremonies. The 15 ceremonies in College Station will be held over five days at Reed Arena Dec. 9-11 and 17-18. Ceremonies will be held at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day. There will also be a virtual ceremony in Galveston.
As a precaution, there will be a limit of 324 graduates at each ceremony to allow for social distancing. Each guest will be allotted up to six tickets for family and friends, and Reed Arena will be cleaned in between ceremonies. Seating areas will be clearly marked to maintain safe physical distancing, and guests may sit together in groups of no more than six.
Face coverings are required for all graduates, guests and university staff while inside the arena and they must be worn throughout the duration of the entire ceremony. Security will escort those not in compliance out of the building.
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the state and across the nation, the university has incorporated additional safety measures. Public health experts and administrative officials at Texas A&M University strongly recommend all attendees get a COVID-19 test prior to attending the commencement ceremonies and follow CDC travel guidelines. The university strongly discourages higher risk individuals from attending a ceremony and will provide the ceremonies by livestream for family and friends who are not able to be in attendance.
Each graduate will have their name called and walk the stage. However, diplomas will be mailed. Diploma tubes will be provided at the ceremonies for picture opportunities. After graduates cross the stage, they will be shown where to exit. Family members and friends should exit at that time, as well.
School officials note that commencement is a celebration of each student’s accomplishments, and every effort is made to ensure safety, security and decorum of a public event befitting their success. Guests should refrain from disruptive behaviors, which may negatively impact this special moment for students and their families. Clear bags are also required at all commencement ceremonies at Reed Arena.
Here are the details for each ceremony separated by dates:
Texas A&M University
Wednesday, Dec. 9
The College of Liberal Arts will award their master’s and undergraduate degrees at Reed Arena.
The following departments will be recognized at 9 a.m.: Women’s & Gender Studies, University Studies, Philosophy & Humanities, Psychological & Brain Sciences and Sociology.
The Anthropology, Economics, International Studies and Political Science departments will follow at 2 p.m.
Then at the 7 p.m. ceremony, the Communication, English, Hispanic Studies, History and Performance Studies departments will be recognized.
Thursday, Dec. 10
The Doctoral Commencement ceremony kicks off at 9 a.m.
It will be followed by a 2 p.m. ceremony in which the following degrees will be awarded: Mays Business School (Departments: Information & Operations Management; Management; Marketing) and masters and undergraduates in Geosciences.
Then at the 7 p.m. ceremony, the following will be recognized: masters and undergraduates in Mays Business School (Departments: Masters of Business Administration; Analytics; Business Honors; University Studies; Accounting; Finance) and masters and undergraduates in Engineering (Department: Mechanical Engineering).
Friday, Dec. 11
Starting at 9 a.m., the masters and undergraduates in Engineering will be recognized in the following departments: Aerospace Engineering; Biological & Agriculture Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Civil & Environmental Engineering; Ocean Engineering and Engineering.
Following at 2 p.m., the masters and undergraduates in Engineering will be recognized in the following departments: Computer Science & Engineering; Electrical & Computer Engineering; Materials Science & Engineering; Multidisciplinary Engineering; Nuclear Engineering and Petroleum Engineering.
Then at 7 p.m., the masters and undergraduates in Engineering in the following departments will be recognized: Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution and Industrial & Systems Engineering.
Thursday, Dec. 17
Starting at 9 a.m., the masters and undergraduates from the College of Education & Human Development in the following departments will be recognized: Educational Administration & Human Resource Development; Educational Psychology and Teaching, Learning & Culture.
Following at 2 p.m., the masters and undergraduates will be recognized from Education & Human Development’s Health and Kinesiology department, as well as the School of Nursing.
Then at 7 p.m., the masters and undergraduates in Science, and Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences will be recognized.
Friday, Dec. 18
Starting at 9 a.m., the masters and undergraduates in Agriculture and Life Sciences in the following departments will be recognized: Agricultural Economics; Agriculture Leadership, Education & Communications; Rangeland, Wildlife & Fisheries Management; Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences and Soil & Crop Sciences.
Following at 2 p.m., the masters and undergraduates in Agriculture and Life Sciences in the following departments will be recognized: Animal Science; Biochemistry & Biophysics; Biological & Agricultural Engineering; Ecology & Conservation Biology; Entomology; Food & Science Technology; Horticultural Sciences; Nutrition; Plant Pathology & Microbiology and Poultry Science. The masters and undergraduates in Public Health will also be recognized.
Then at 7 p.m., the masters in the Bush School of Government and Public Service and the School of Law will be recognized. The masters and undergraduates from the College of Architecture will also be recognized.
Texas A&M University at Galveston will host a virtual commencement celebration on Dec. 12 at 9 a.m. to honor its 149 fall graduates. The ceremony will be livestreamed on Facebook and available on YouTube following the conclusion of the livestream.
Texas A&M-Qatar has six fall graduates. August and December Commencement Ceremonies are not held for Texas A&M-Qatar.