Information for Students

Students,

Congratulations on the approach of your graduation!

Fall 2016 Commencement will be on Friday, December 16, 2016 and Saturday, December 17, 2016. Each college will host a commencement ceremony at these times:

Arts and Sciences - Friday at 7 pm

Business - Saturday at 11 am

Education and Human Development - Saturday at 5 pm

Engineering - Saturday at 8:30 am

Fine Arts and Communication - Saturday at 2 pm

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.

Apply to Graduate

Please read the information below regarding your upcoming graduation. If you are unsure whether or not you are qualified to graduate, contact your department. If you do not graduate, you must reapply and re-pay fees in order to graduate at a later date.

Graduate Students

Please complete the following steps to be eligible to graduate:

  • Request your department send notification of your eligibility to the College of Graduate Studies;
  • Complete application for graduation online through Self-Service Banner, under student records tab by the application deadline;
  • Pay the graduation fee and order and pay for your cap and gown;
  • Clear all financial and property obligations prior to the payment deadline;
  • Late applicants must apply for graduation in person in the College of Graduate Studies, Wimberly 219. There will be additional paperwork required for late applicants.

Questions regarding graduation should be directed to the Graduation Coordinator at (409) 880-7698, GRGraduation@lamar.edu or visit Wimberly Building 112.

Undergraduate Students

Please complete the following steps to be eligible to graduate:

  • Request your department send an approved degree plan to the Records Office;
  • Submit all transcripts of college coursework from any other institution(s) attended;
  • Complete application for graduation online through Self-Service Banner, under student records tab by the application deadline;
  • Pay the graduation fee and order and pay for your cap and gown;
  • Clear all financial and property obligations prior to the payment deadline;
  • Late applicants must apply for graduation in person in the Records Office, Wimberly 112. There will be additional paperwork required for late applicants

Questions regarding graduation should be directed to the Graduation Coordinator at (409) 880-7569, UGGraduation@lamar.edu, or visit Wimberly Building 112.

Deadlines

Applications for December 2016 graduation will be available August 30, 2016. The undergraduate application deadline is November 1, 2016. The graduate application deadline is October 3, 2016. Students have until November 1, 2016 to pay graduation fees.

Fees

The graduation fee is $24.45. This covers processing and includes one copy of your diploma. Additional copies can be ordered at the time of application for $25 each. The cap and gown can be ordered at the Lamar University Bookstore. Please be sure to pay your graduation fees at the Cashier's Office, Wimberly Building 114 and your cap and gown at the Lamar University Bookstore, located in the Setzer Student Center.

Holds

If you owe a balance to Lamar University, such as parking fees, graduation fees, library fines or unpaid tuition, you will not receive your diploma. If Lamar University has not received your transcripts from other institutions, your diploma will likewise be held. Students with holds will still be allowed to participate in the commencement exercises, but will not receive their diploma until all academic and financial obligations have been met. Please note the following information if you believe you have an unmet obligation:

  • Call the Cashiers Office at 409-880-8390 or 409-880-8320 to check on financial holds
  • Call Financial Aid at 409-880-8450 to check if you must complete Exit counseling
  • Call the Mary and John Gray Library at 409-880-8133 to check if you have unreturned books or money owed
  • A "Registration Hold" on your account that states "Graduating Reapply to Register" will not stop graduation or prevent the receipt of a diploma. This hold  prevents further registration at Lamar University without an updated admissions application. If you plan to attend Lamar University following commencement, please contact Admissions at 409-880-8888 or apply online at applytexas.org

All students with a directory restriction or confidentiality indicator on their record will not appear in the commencement program or subsequent press release unless this confidentiality restriction is removed by the application deadline. To remove this directory/confidentiality hold, please visit the Records Office in Wimberly 112 or at Records@lamar.edu, using your official LU-issued email account.

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 6th 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.

Military

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 va@lamar.edu.

Graduation Honors

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 G.P.A calculation for honors. Transfer coursework will not be included in the calculation.

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 112, 409-880-8365) by the payment deadline. 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, your diploma will be mailed to you the week following the commencement ceremony. 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 confirmed.

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

Degrees and certifications will not be posted on transcripts until the 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.

Helpful Information

  • Be sure to remove confidentiality restrictions on your account if you want your name included in the program, website and press releases.
  • Check this website the Friday 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.
  • For your convenience, Lamar University has arranged for professional photography during the graduation ceremony. Photographs will be made available to graduates and their families at reasonable prices. After graduation, the photographer will mail a proof to your permanent address with a price list.