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Commencement at TCU is a proud and joyful tradition where family and guests gather to celebrate our newest graduates.

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Spring Commencement Information

TCU COVID-19 safety protocols with masks and
social distancing are required.

**TCU enforces a clear bag policy for all campus events.**

For the Class of 2020

4 p.m.  -  Friday, May 7, 2021 in Amon G. Carter Stadium

Order of ceremony:

  • AddRan College of Liberal Arts
  • Brite Divinity School
  • Bob Schieffer College of Communication
  • College of Education
  • College of Fine Arts
  • School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Neeley School of Business
  • College of Science & Engineering
  • Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences 

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For the Class of 2021

9 a.m. and 5 p.m. - Saturday, May 8, 2021 in Amon G. Carter Stadium

9 a.m.  order of ceremony:

  • AddRan College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Education
  • School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Neeley School of Business

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5 p.m. order of ceremony: 

  • Brite Divinity School
  • Bob Schieffer College of Communication
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Science & Engineering
  • Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences   

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Please note: While TCU's plans for a safe, in-person Commencement following COVID-19 protocols are firm, the university is still finalizing plans and protocols for ancillary college, organizational and department level Commencement-related events. The health and safety of our Horned Frog community is our top priority; and as the pandemic continues to evolve, so may our plans. We will keep commencement.tcu.edu up-to-date with the latest information. We look forward to honoring our graduates and families in May.

Commencement FAQs

Both 2020 and 2021 graduates will line up in Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena at least 45 minutes before Commencement. They should enter from Frog Alley through Gate 10 of Amon G. Carter Stadium. Proceed to the tunnel entrance and then into the arena (signs will be posted). TCU COVID-19 safety protocols and social distancing will be followed.

Remember to bring your walk-number card with you that indicates your place in line. Assemble in cap and gown. 
As Commencement is a formal academic ceremony, we recommend that graduates dress appropriately. Comfortable business attire is recommended.

Pick up your cap and gown at the TCU Campus Store, 2950 W. Berry St.:

Tuesday, May 4 - Thursday, May 6
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Friday, May 7 in the tunnel entrance to Schollmaier Arena
10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Distribution will also be available in the graduate line-up area 2 hours prior to Commencement.

RENTAL REGALIA SHOULD BE RETURNED FOLLOWING COMMENCEMENT TO THE JOSTENS REPRESENTATIVES AT GATE 10, OR STUDENTS MAY RETURN IT TO THE CAMPUS STORE OR BLUU INFORMATION DESK UNTIL MAY 14, 2021. Bachelor and Master degree graduates can keep the cap and tassel. Doctoral degree graduates can keep their hood and tassel.

Gates will open to the public 1 hour prior to each Commencement ceremony. Guests can enter Amon G. Carter Stadium through Gates 6, 7 or 8 on the east side or Gates 1, 3 or 5 on the west side. Tickets are not required and there is no limit to the number of guests. TCU COVID-19 safety protocols with masks and social distancing are required. Guests may hold several seats upon arrival; however, roping off or saving entire rows will not be permitted. 

If you need wheelchair access or cannot climb steps, please arrive early and ushers will be on hand to assist you. Please note: TCU is a tobacco-free campus and enforces a clear-bag policy for all events.

Free parking for Commencement will be available. A parking map will be posted in April. Disabled parking (permit required) is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Drop offs are permitted at the Brown-Lupton University Union. There will be golf carts in this area to assist guests.

Amon G. Carter Stadium complies with all ADA requirements. If you need wheelchair access or cannot climb steps, please arrive early and ushers will be on hand to assist you. If you need a sign-language interpreter, please call 817-257-7802 at least 10 days prior to Commencement.

We anticipate that each ceremony will last approximately 2.5 hours. If you are planning a lunch or dinner or are reserving space for a post-graduation celebration, be sure to factor in the time it will take for any candid photos you might want to take and time to get to your car/s and travel to the location.

Concessions will be open with drinks and snacks available for purchase.


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Graduating Horned Frogs & Horned Frog Families,

Given the issues with Jostens’ distribution of commencement regalia, TCU will be helping to manage their distribution process effective immediately. TCU will also be refunding graduation fees ($55 for undergraduates; $65 for master graduates; $100 for doctorates) for the classes of 2020 and 2021. Stay tuned for more information regarding the process for refunds.

All 2020 and 2021 graduates should note the following:

  • Members of the Class of 2020 are asked to help your fellow Horned Frogs by returning rental regalia (gowns) to the Jostens representatives at Gate 10 following this evening’s ceremony. Your cooperation will help ensure the availability of gowns for those participating in Saturday’s ceremonies.
  • For members of the Class of 2021 who DO NOT have a cap and gown, please go to Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena beginning Saturday, May 8, at 7:30 a.m. by entering from Frog Alley through Gate 10 of Amon G. Carter Stadium. TCU personnel will be near the graduate line-up area in the tunnel to provide you with a gown. TCU personnel also will be on hand before the evening ceremony in the same location starting at 3 p.m.
  • For members of the Class of 2021 who already have a cap and gown, no further action is required other than lining up in Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena at least 45 minutes before your ceremony. Please enter from Frog Alley through Gate 10 of Amon G. Carter Stadium.

Please note that some gowns may have been worn by members of the Class of 2020, but all will be sanitized and wrinkle-free. Unfortunately, no caps will be issued.

Thank you for your continued patience as we take steps to ensure all of our graduates are able to celebrate their commencement experience.

We look forward to celebrating this momentous occasion with you all.

Go Frogs!

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