SFA will hold traditional in-person commencement ceremonies in December 2020 for December graduates, as well as those who graduated in May and August of 2020. There will be measures taken to assure safety; seating will be adjusted to maintain social distancing standards, and all who attend will be required to wear masks.
“The in-person ceremony is always a really wonderful time for the graduates and their families,” Lynda Langham, registrar said. “We did our best to make the virtual [ceremonies] a special event too, but it’s just different. The students really wanted to have the face-to-face, and we’re really excited about it.”
Each of the graduates will be given a ticket for themselves, as well as six tickets for guests, which will be on their phones. Tickets must be presented to enter the ceremony. Students need to reserve their tickets by Nov. 20, at no cost, by filling out a Commencement Registration Form, which they will receive instructions on how to access in their SFA email.
May and August graduates must inform the Office of the Registrar by Nov. 1 if they wish to participate. They will also receive instructions on how to register via email. May and August graduates will participate in a ceremony taking place at 3 p.m. on Dec.11, along with graduates from the College of Forestry and Agriculture.
Angie Castillo, a political science major from Longview who graduated in May, will be participating in the in-person commencement ceremony in December.
“I am excited to finally walk the stage this December,” Castillo said. “I don’t feel like I truly completed my college journey without this rite of passage, and I know my family will be looking forward to this.”
Monica Ortiz, a senior health science major from Cypress, will also be participating in the commencement ceremonies this December. As a first-generation college student, being able to walk the stage for the in-person commencement ceremony means a lot to both her and her family.
“Even though it’s just a simple walk, it means so much,” Ortiz said. “It means my hard work, all four years, everything I’ve gone through, I get that moment.”
The graduation for the College of Fine Arts and the College of Liberal and Applied Arts will take place at 6 p.m. on Dec.11. The graduation for the College of Business, as well as the Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership, will take place the next day on Dec. 12 at 9 a.m. Another will take place at noon for the Department of Human Sciences and the Department of Education Studies. The ceremony for the College of Science and Mathematics and Department of Kinesiology will take place at 3 p.m.
For those who cannot attend in person, all ceremonies will be live streamed.