Graduation Information

Spring 2021 Commencement Information

West Texas A&M University plans to host three outdoor, in-person commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 8, offering Spring 2021 graduates — and anyone who graduated in 2020 — the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments in a safe but more traditional manner. Commencement ceremonies will be held at Buffalo Stadium.

Each ceremony will be live streamed. The link will be posted prior the ceremonies.


Saturday, May 8, 2021 Graduation Schedule:

9:00 a.m.             Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Science and Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities

12:30 p.m.           Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business and College of Engineering

4:00 p.m.             College of Education and Social Sciences and Nursing and Health Sciences


NEW - REQUIRED Commencement Registration form:
Deadline to register is April 7, 2021.


Additional Commencement Information for Guests and Students

To ensure the safety of all guests, and to allow time for cleaning and sanitizing between ceremonies, we ask that all guests exit through the south gates (entrances 1 & 2). Graduates will exit the field through the north. Guests and graduates may meet outside of the stadium, on the east and west sides, after each ceremony.

Students should arrive 45 minutes prior to their ceremony time. Please note, students will be seated for their ceremony after cleaning and sanitizing from the prior ceremony has been completed. Guests will be able to choose their seats after cleaning and sanitizing from the prior ceremony has been completed.

High heels CANNOT be worn on the turf in the stadium. It is a health hazard as heels can stick in the turf and can cause a fall. Heels will also harm the turf. Do NOT wear spike or block heels. Flats and wedges are acceptable.

All graduates please note: Since the commencement ceremony will be outside and it could be quite warm, consider using sunscreen and bringing water with you as you will be sitting on the field for approximately two hours. Additionally, there is no place to keep your purses or other personal items. Please make arrangements for those items before you check-in.

Master’s graduates who would like to be hooded during the ceremony should drape their hood on their arm when they walk up the stage. At the designated spot, graduates will hand their hood to their respective College Dean and turn to face the seated graduates. Once hooded, the student should continue to cross the stage and return to their assigned seat.

If you do not wish to be hooded, you may place your hood over your gown before approaching the stage and walk across the stage without contact.

Graduation photographs can be scheduled here:

Contact information for graduation photographs is: 
Tiffany Thomas, Candid Color Photography
Phone:  1-405-947-8747 ext. 265



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Parking Information

  • Handicapped and VIP parking will be at Jarrett Hall on the west side of the stadium (no other parking allowed).
  • There will be a “drop-off and pick-up” zone at the northeast corner of the Jarrett Hall parking lot for  those who need assistance.
  • General parking around campus is shown below in orange. WT shuttles will run from the First United Bank Center to Buffalo Stadium for every ceremony (see shuttle drop off location on the map in yellow).
Graduation Parking Map

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