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Before commencement you must complete the following easy steps to graduation:

TCU graduate moving her tassel over on her graduation cap

File an intent-to-graduate form in your academic dean’s office early in your next-to-last semester of study. You should meet with your academic advisor prior to registering for your final semester’s classes.

Complete the courses for your final semester. Be sure that all “I” (incomplete) grades are completed and all official transcripts from other universities are filed in the Registrar’s office. Deadline for "I" grades is October 17 and for transcripts is December 11.

Update your current address (where you presently reside) and your permanent address (parent or guardian’s address) online at:…Student Center…Personal Information. The addresses are important as you will receive mailings from the Registrar, the Chancellor’s office and other key University personnel concerning graduation. Your address also is provided to the professional photographer. (NOTE: If you have FERPA set on your account, your address will not be given.)
Complete exit requirements for your student loans here. You may view your loans borrowed at TCU at:…Financial Aid…Loan Summary. If you need help completing these requirements, please contact the Financial Aid office at
Satisfy all financial obligations in the Financial Services office by December 1.

Log onto, student home page and click Academic Records, Diploma/Cap and Gown Ordering. Once you have placed your diploma order, scroll to the bottom to order cap/gown. (Cap and gown orders placed after November 19 are subject to a late fee.) Graduates may keep the cap and tassel.

When ordering your diploma at, remember that tradition suggests your full name (First Middle Last) for the diploma; no nicknames or titles. The name published in the Commencement program will be the same as the name you have printed on your diploma. The deadline for online diploma ordering is November 3. All accounts must be paid by December 1.

Only the degree name prints on the diploma; majors, minors and concentrations print on the official transcript. Latin Honors are also printed on the diploma, and all honors are printed in the program. There are no cords for Latin Honors. Some organizations provide honor cords to wear with the gown. Contact your organization for this information.

If you cannot attend commencement, check the "Not Attending Commencement" box. Diplomas will be mailed after commencement if they are not picked up from the Registrar's office the week following commencement.

There are two options when ordering your regalia.

Home ship direct option -- deadline is 11/19—orders will ship directly to the student address within 21 days (normally 7-10)​

  • Students will receive a pre-paid return shipping label and they are required to ship their gown back with the label within a week following the ceremony
    • Home Ship direct students will need to return with the label and not at the ceremony and gowns will may not be dropped off at the bookstore

Bookstore ship for pick up option deadline is 11/2  

  • Students may not change their order to home ship after being placed—no exceptions
  • Students will return immediately regalia following the ceremony —gowns are not to be returned to the bookstore for any reason. ​
    • ​Wednesday 12/11:  2 p.m.-5 p.m.
    • Thursday 12/12:  9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Friday 12/13:  9 a.m.-2 p.m.
    • Saturday 12/14: 2 hours prior to the ceremony time

Website to order regalia:

Questions about regalia can be emailed to


Other Important Information

TCU is committed to providing an inclusive commencement experience. Students who have questions regarding accommodations may contact the Office of Student Access and Accommodation at 817-257-6567.

Commencement is a special event for everyone involved. Please show respect for all who have come to share in this landmark experience. Individuals who engage in appropriate or disruptive behavior may be removed from the event.

Please see ushers for lost and found. After Commencement, contact the TCU Police office at 3025 Lubbock Ave. or call 817-257-7777.

 Your student account must be paid in full by December 1, and this includes a graduation fee of:

  • Undergraduate: $55.00
  • Graduate: $65.00
  • Ph.D.: $100.00

This fee is for the rental of the cap/gown and the processing of diplomas (and mailings, if the student does not attend graduation).

This fee is non-refundable even if circumstances arise and the student has to postpone graduation.

For questions on how to make payment arrangements, contact Student Financial Services.

If you selected to pick up your regalia, dates and times at the TCU Campus Store (2950 W. Berry) are below:

  • Wednesday, Dec 11:  2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec 12:   9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec 13:  9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec 14:  7 a.m. at the stadium

Caps/gowns are not available before these dates for pickup.

Flash Photography will be on hand to take pictures of all graduates. Three pictures will be taken: one with the Chancellor, one with the Dean and a posed shot after you exit the stage. The company will mail proofs to the graduate's permanent address and send an email with instructions on how to order photos. For questions, please call 817-924-2626 or email

NOTE: If you have FERPA set on your TCU account, your address will not be given to the professional photographers.

  • Any artificial noisemakers (i.e., air horns, cans filled with contents, etc.)
  • Balloons
  • Confetti
  • Smoking (Please note: TCU is a tobacco-free campus.)
  • Pets
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • TCU enforces a clear bag policy for all campus events.

Incomplete grade deadline is October 17 unless you have filed an extension or are working on your thesis/dissertation. You cannot graduate with an “I” that has not been removed.
Deadline for receiving transcripts from another college is December 11. Please make arrangements with your professors at the other university in order to meet this deadline. If you have any trouble with this deadline, contact Kristi Harrison in the Registrar's office at 817-257-5090 or

Before commencement, a walk-number card will be emailed to you. This card will indicate your place in the processional line. You must print out this card and present it at commencement to ensure you receive the correct diploma. If you lose this card, you must report to the Registrar's table located near the graduate line-up area on commencement day.

Lauren Studios will come to campus on the following dates to take senior photos for the Horned Frog Yearbook and for personal use. Appointments are required; visit  to make your appointment. Log in information to make appointments is below. The photos will be taken in the Hillel room on the 3rd floor of the BLUU.
          Undergraduate Students:  24TCUUG-*student ID Number*
          Graduate Students:  24TCUGRAD-*student ID Number*

Plain clothes, as well as cap and gown (which will be provided), photos will be taken. The plain clothes photos will be used in the Yearbook, and the cap and gown photos can be ordered for personal use. Ordered photos will arrive in time to be mailed out with graduation announcements. For any questions, please contact the Yearbook staff at 817-257-5279 or at


Important Numbers

AddRan College of Liberal Arts
Dean Sonja S. Watson
Bob Schieffer College of Communication
Dean Kristie Bunton
Brite Divinity School
Dean Michael St. A. Miller
Anne Burnett Marion School of  Medicine
Dean Stuart D. Flynn
College of Education
Dean Frank Hernandez
College of Fine Arts
Dean Amy Hardison Tully
College of Science & Engineering
Dean Michael Kruger
Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Dean Christopher R. Watts
John V. Roach Honors College
Dean Ronald L. Pitcock
Neeley School of Business
Dean Craig Crossland
Alumni Association 817-257-7803
Career & Professional Development 817-257-2222
Commencement, Office of Community Projects 817-257-7808
Financial Services 817-257-7834
Flash Photography 817-924-2626
Registrar's Office 817-257-7237
TCU Campus Store 817-257-7844