Baylor commencement ceremonies are certified - that means that no student is allowed to walk unless all degree requirements have been met. The University does not make exceptions to this rule. Students who do not meet all degree requirements must complete those requirements during a future semester and participate in the ceremony after completion. Because these are certified ceremonies, the graduate will receive the actual diploma at the ceremony.
Students who are on track to meet all of the requirements of their degree audits and wish to declare their intent to graduate in a given semester should have already submitted a graduation card / form in their respective dean's office. However, there may be time to notify the appropriate deans's office if this has not been taken care of. Click the heading above for Deans' Office information.
If you will graduate but do not plan to participate in the upcoming ceremony, please let us know by completing the non-participation form. To gain access to this form you must login with your BearID (Bobby_Bear, not the number) and your password.
No rehearsal will be conducted for Commencement. To ensure a graduate's place in the procession, participants should arrive no less than one hour before the ceremony begins. This will allow graduates time to find their alphabetical standing by school, degree and major along the concourse of Ferrell Center before entering the arena floor where they will be seated during the procession.
NO SELFIES ON STAGE
Please do not attempt to take a photograph with the President. This request is made out of consideration for all graduates and in the interest of keeping the ceremony moving as quickly as possible.
STAGE ACCESS ACCOMMODATIONS
Graduates who may require assistance in accessing the stage should contact the Registrar's Office as soon as possible at 254-710-1814. Ramp access is available to the stage for students in wheelchairs or on walkers or crutches. Faculty marshals will be assigned to help students.
To gain access to this form you must login with your BearID (Bobby_Bear, not the number) and your password. Any pronunciation forms submitted after Wednesday, August 12, may not reach the reader for use in the ceremony.
Graduates are encouraged to dress nicely for the ceremony. Men may want to wear a shirt with a collar or a dress shirt and tie, with dress slacks and shoes. Women should wear a nice dress or a nice top with dress slacks. Jeans or flip-flops are not acceptable.
A student may wear a maximum of 3 adornments such as honor cords and sashes during the ceremony. It is preferred that these adornments represent academic achievement. Requests from organizations for permission to provide cords, stoles, or other items to be worn with the cap and gown at commencement should be directed to Lois Ferguson in the Office of the Provost (Lois_Ferguson@Baylor.edu). Only those submitted by academic units or academic honor societies will be considered for approval.
Transcripts can be requested several different ways. For specific details visit the Official Transcripts Information Page on the Office of Registration website. Remember that transcripts will not be released for students with financial holds.
Contact the Office of Registration at 254-710-1814 to order a replacement diploma. The diploma may not be identical to the original diploma and signatures may not be the same. There is a charge for replacement diplomas.
THE OFFICIAL BAYLOR UNIVERSITY RING
Upon completing 75 hours, students may purchase the official Baylor University ring. Students may order from a variety of ring styles by mailing a completed ring application form to Balfour, calling Balfour at 1-800-542-8648, or ordering your ring in person during Ring Week, a week in the fall and spring semesters in which Balfour representatives are on campus to take orders.
Ring Week for the fall semester is September 21-24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the BDSC lobby and the Ring Ceremony will be December 1, 5:30 p.m. at Waco Hall. For the spring 2016 semester, Ring Week will be February 15-18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the BDSC lobby. The Ring Ceremony is scheduled for May 3, 5:30 p.m. in Waco Hall.
RING OUT CEREMONY
The Ring Out ceremony is held each spring as a part of the passing of traditions from one class to the next. Read about the Ring Out Ceremony.