Spring Commencement

Summer Commencement

There will be Summer 2024 Commencement Ceremonies held on Saturday, August 24 at 10 a.m.

If you are not planning on participating in the ceremony, you are required to complete the Absence from Commencement form. If you have any questions, please contact The form can be found online.

Guest tickets

  • Tickets are not required for the Commencement Ceremonies.
  • Family and friends who are unable to attend commencement can watch the events via Facebook Live.

Important information for graduates

  • Caps and gowns should be picked up from the bookstore between August 7-9 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily. If you have questions, call 318.257.3066.
  • Graduates must arrive at the Thomas Assembly Center, main level (bottom floor) to the right of the main entrance 45 minutes prior to the ceremony.
  • Doors to the Thomas Assembly Center will open one hour before each ceremony for guests to be seated.
  • Graduates may not decorate their mortar board/cap.
  • There are no storage areas for personal items such as purses or cameras, so plan accordingly. Do not bring these items with you!

Order cap and gown

Caps and gowns can be ordered online. Complete details are available on the ordering page of this section of the website.

Ordering honor society cords

Honor society cords, stoles, or shawls are ordered through the local chapter of that honor society. The local chapter verifies individual eligibility each quarter. Only University-approved cords, stoles, or shawls will be allowed to be worn during the ceremony.

Students eligible for Latin honors at commencement (cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude) do not receive or wear a special cord or stole/shawl. Instead, the appropriate Latin honor is announced when they cross the stage. Latin honors are listed in the Commencement Program, embossed on diplomas, and permanently loaded into official transcript data.

Bags & Bag Search

Guests can carry the following style and size bag, package, or container into the venue:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and do not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12″
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
  • Small clutch bags, no larger than 4.5″ x 6.5″, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the venue with one of the clear plastic bags.
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection. Prohibited items include but are not limited to purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, non-approved seat cushions, and chairbacks, luggage of any kind, computer bags, and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.
  • Banners and pep signs are allowed, provided they are handheld of reasonable size, can be stored beneath the seat, and do not block the view of other patrons. Any banner or sign containing profanity or objectionable material will be confiscated.