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Graduation Frequently Asked Questions

1. When do I purchase ceremony regalia?

You can purchase your regalia during the Graduation Fair or by contacting the Texas Book Company at 903-886-5830 or

**if you are purchasing a Master’s regalia set you will need to purchase the hood as well.

2. What time are the graduates to arrive at the ceremony?

Please report to the commencement location 45 minutes prior to your ceremony.

3. What time do the doors open for guests?

Doors will open 1 hour prior to the start of the ceremony.

4. Where should visitors park their cars?

Any designated available parking area; please see directional signage and refer to the campus map.

5. When/how will I receive tickets? 

After the application filing deadline has passed, the number of tickets allotted to each student are calculated and the information will be posted to the graduation website.  Tickets will be available through your myLeo account approximately 4 weeks prior to the ceremony. Email notification will be sent to your myLeo when they are available.

6. Will there be extra tickets available?

Tickets are calculated based on the capacity of the venue divided by the number of graduates attending. Tickets are calculated to allow the maximum amount of tickets per each graduate, therefore, additional tickets will not be available. 

7. If there are no arrangements for children, what are the guidelines for allowing children into the ceremony?

Space and Occupancy loads for entry into the field house for graduation require every guest to have a ticket, including children of all ages.  

8. I want to take an individual graduation picture, when and where can I do that?

During the ceremony, you will have your picture taken two times by a professional photographer.

Lifetouch Special Events Photography is pleased to provide this complimentary service for each graduate who crosses the dais during the commencement ceremony.

Go to for information about commencement photographs.  

Any questions can be addressed to,
Monday – Friday 8:00am – 6:00pm EST,

or via the Web site

There is no obligation to purchase.

If a valid e-mail address is available to the photographer, a link to commencement photograph proofs will also be sent to participating graduates via e-mail.

Please do not contact the school with inquiries related to photographic service.

9. Is there a specific dress code?

The dress code can be found via downloading the 

Commencement Ceremony and Academic Regalia document.

10. Will I receive my diploma at the ceremony?

No, diplomas are sent to your address you supplied on your graduation application approximately 6-8 working weeks after commencement.

11. What if I don’t receive enough tickets to invite all my guests to attend the ceremony?

There will be an overflow room available for guests who don’t have a ticket to watch the ceremony projected live. The overflow room is located in the Student Center on the 2nd floor. 

12. Are masks required?

Masks are not required.

13. Where do I get my Veteran's cord for the ceremony?

If you are a veteran attending the ceremony and are interested in getting a veteran’s cord, please contact Dustin Pearson at

14. Will the commencement ceremony be live streamed?

A live link will be available the day of the ceremony and emailed to you approximately 1 week prior to the ceremony.

15. Will there be an overflow room? 

We will have an overflow room available for guests, who don't have a ticket, to watch the ceremony projected via live stream. The overflow room is located in the Student Center on the 2nd floor.