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.


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.