Baylor commencement ceremonies are certified. That means that students who participate in the ceremony have completed all degree requirements and receive their diploma as they cross the stage. Students are not allowed to participate at commencement unless they have met all degree requirements. The University makes no exceptions to this rule. Students who do not meet all degree requirements must complete the appropriate work in a future semester, after which they may participate in commencement.
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 dean's office if this has not been taken care of. Click the heading above for Dean's Office information.
If you will graduate but do not plan to participate in the upcoming ceremony, please let us know. On the form, please provide your name, major, school and an address to which the diploma may be shipped following the ceremonies.
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, December 13, may not reach the reader for use in the ceremony.
NO REHEARSAL WILL BE CONDUCTED FOR THIS CEREMONY. To ensure a graduate's place in the procession, participants should arrive no less than one hour before the ceremony begins and ask an usher for directions to the student line-up area. 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 following 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.
Graduates are encouraged to dress nicely for the ceremony. Men should 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.
Students 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 Carol Nowlin in the Office of the Provost (Carol_Knowlin@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.
Rings may be purchased at Bear Faire in October, but no guarantee is made that the rings will be available for the Ring Ceremony on December 30. BACK TO HOME PAGE