Applying for Graduation

Candidates must officially apply for graduation in the Office of the Registrar one term prior to the term in which they plan to graduate. Students must file applications no later than the date specified in the academic calendar. If the student does not graduate in the term for which he or she applies, he or she must reapply for graduation.   

Graduation Under a Particular Catalog

Both graduate and undergraduate students must meet the graduation requirements listed in the catalog governing the first semester in which they enrolled in residence as a degree-seeking student. If the student has not enrolled in the university in the past five years, he or she must meet graduation requirements and policy statements in the catalog in effect at the time of re-entry as a degree-seeking student. 

The student may also choose to graduate under any catalog published subsequent to the time of re-entry. The option to graduate under older catalog editions depends upon whether the university still offers programs and courses listed in the older catalog. 

Only with special approval may a student graduate under the requirements of a catalog issued over five years prior to the student’s date of graduation. The university grants this permission in rare cases where extenuating circumstances exist and extreme hardship may result. The appropriate dean may authorize a limited extension.

Note: The term “graduation requirements” applies to course, grade-point averages in three areas, proficiency, and other specified requirements for graduation. Students seeking teacher certification must meet current certification requirements listed in the catalog in effect at the time of enrollment as a degree-seeking student provided that the student meets all requirements and provided the student completes all degree and certification requirements within a five-year period.

Note: Any person who has completed their first degree at Texas A&M University - Texarkana and re-enters to seek a second degree will be listed under the catalog in effect at the time of entry to seek the second degree or any subsequent catalog. The student may not select a program which the university phased out prior to the student’s re-entry.

Commencement

The university restricts participation in the commencement ceremony to those students who have completed all graduation requirements as indicated and have a zero-account balance.  The university holds commencement ceremonies in May and December. Students completing degree requirements in August may participate in the December commencement ceremony.  The university provides details about the ceremonies when the student applies for graduation. Regalia for commencement must be purchased through the Campus Bookstore.

Tuition Rebate Program for Undergraduates

The State of Texas has authorized tuition rebates for students who complete baccalaureate degrees with no more than three (3) credits in excess of those required for their degrees. Students graduating with their first baccalaureate degree may be eligible for a $1,000.00 tuition rebate. To qualify, students must meet all of the following conditions:

  1. Enrolled for the first time in an institution of higher education in the fall 1997 semester or later. If enrolled for the first time in fall 2005 or later, must graduate within four (4) calendar years for a four-year degree or within five (5) calendar years for a five-year degree if the degree is in architecture, engineering, or any other program that the Board of Education determines requires more than four (4) years to complete.
  2. Requested a rebate for work related to a first baccalaureate degree received from a general academic teaching institution.
  3. Was a resident of Texas and was entitled to pay resident tuition at all times while pursuing the degree.
  4. Attempted no more than three (3) hours in excess of the minimum number of semester credit hours (SCH) required for completion of the degree as specified in the catalog under which the student graduated. Hours attempted include transfer credits, examination course credit (except that, for the purposes of this program, the university only treats the number of semester credit hours the student earned exclusively through examination in excess of nine (9) SCH as hours attempted), courses dropped after the official census date, for-credit developmental courses, optional internship and cooperative education courses, and repeated courses. The university will not count dual credit courses and courses the student dropped for reasons that the institution determined to be totally beyond the control of the student. For students concurrently earning a baccalaureate degree and a Texas teaching certificate, the university shall not count required teacher-education courses to the extent that they are over and above the free electives the university allows in the baccalaureate-degree program.

Costs include tuition, student-center-complex fee, admissions and application fee, recreational-sports fee, student-endowed-scholarship fee, student-health fee, and the university-services fee. The following are only minimum figures. The university does not include parking fees, course fees, lab fees, and distance-education fees.

Bachelors Graduation Requirements

The university staff uses the following checklist to determine eligibility for graduation.

The student must complete specific degree-program requirements, including the following, as listed on official degree plans:

  1. Minimum of 120 SCH
  2. Minimum of 45 SCH in upper-division course work (See individual degree plans as some degrees require 54 SCH. BAAS requires 36 SCH.)
  3. Minimum of 25% of course work from Texas A&M University - Texarkana (See Non-traditional Credit.). Note: For honors-graduate designation, the university requires a total of 45 SCH of resident credits.
  4. Minimum GPA of 2.00 or above in all course work (Cumulative GPA), in all courses applied to the major (Major GPA), and in all coursework the student takes at Texas A&M University - Texarkana (Institutional GPA). Some programs require an overall or designated-specific GPA that is higher than 2.0.
  5. Official degree-plan requirements may not be over five years old. The university places a student under the degree requirements in effect during their first term of enrollment. If a student does not complete all degree requirements within 5 years from the date of initial enrollment, the university must update the student to the requirements in effect at the time of re-enrollment.
  6. The student may apply no more than 12 SCH of independent-study-format courses towards degree requirements for graduation.
  7. Students must complete all "X" grades prior to graduation.
  8. The university will calculate all undergraduate course work the student takes prior to graduation into the final GPA.
  9. Complete the “Application for Graduation” by the date published in the schedule of classes. (The student must file for graduation no later than the census date [fall/spring = 12th class day; summer = 4th class day] of the semester in which he or she intends to graduate.)
  10. All official transcripts must be on file in the registrar's office.
  11. Students may not enroll off campus during the semester they expect to graduate. The university must record final grades from all courses the student takes at another university on a student's Texas A&M University-Texarkana transcript prior to the last semester of enrollment before graduation. This requirement includes cross-registered courses, CLEP exams and courses completed through the course-exchange program. 
  12. In order for a student to receive their degree, diploma and participate in commencement, a student must have completed all degree requirements and have a zero balance on their account by the Friday one week prior to the graduation-commencement ceremony.

*Graduate students should refer to the "Applying for Graduation" section under Graduate Studies for Masters graduation requirements.