Fall 2019 Commencement

9 AM

Saturday, December 14, 2019
William “Billy” J. Nicks, Sr. Building (Baby Dome)

All candidates should report at 7:30 a.m.

Commencement Rehearsal for all candidates will be held Friday, December 13, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. at the Recreation Center.

All Colleges

College of Agriculture and Human Sciences, School of Architecture, Marvin D. and June Samuel Brailsford College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Whitlowe R. Green College of Education, Roy G. Perry College of Engineering, College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology, College of Nursing, Graduate Studies


Alumni Pinning Ceremonies

Northwest Houston Center Campus
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Main Campus
Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Willie A.Tempton Sr. Memorial Student Center
Opal Johnson Smith Auditorium

Reginald DesRoches

Commencement Speaker

Reginald DesRoches

Reginald DesRoches is the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University, as of July 1, 2017. He also holds joint appointments in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Rice.

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Commencement Guide


Each graduating student will be issued 10 tickets total for family, friends and other guests. 6 tickets will grant entry into the William “Billy” J. Nicks, Sr. Building (Baby Dome). 4 tickets will grant entry into the alternative viewing sites.

  • Tickets are required for each guest. Tickets are limited due to building capacity restrictions.
  • All tickets are “General Admission”. There is no reserved seating.
  • If a graduate is not approved to graduate, the tickets MUST BE RETURNED to their College upon status of graduation notification.
  • Selling commencement tickets is prohibited. They are free and are not for profit.
  • Children (12 months of age and under) who sit in a lap during the entire ceremony do not require a ticket.
  • Guests are encourage to arrive early to find parking and seating. All guests must be seated at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.
  • Graduate are required to stay until the end of the Commencement Ceremony.
  • Because of the size of this year’s graduating class, extra tickets beyond 10 will not be available. Fellow classmates can share their unused tickets.
  • Please make arrangements to distribute your tickets before the graduation. Do not wait and distribute tickets in front of the Baby Done doors.
  • Please understand that no food products, dinner, or snacks are allowed during the Commencement Ceremony in the William “Billy” J. Nicks, Sr. Building.

Tickets will be distributed on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 through each College and School to graduates who have been certified to participate in the ceremony. Each candidate is responsible for attending the announced meetings. Please review the Fall 2019 Commencement Announcement for the information for your college or school.

Fall 2019 Commencement Announcement

Live Streaming

For those friends, families, and guests unable to attend the Commencement Ceremony in person, Prairie View A&M University will stream the event live. Links to the stream can be found on the PVAMU homepage as well as by visiting pvamu.edu/stream. Additionally the University will stream the ceremony live from the official Facebook page.


Parking officials will be on hand to guide visitors to parking spaces. Please follow instructions closely, as doing so will allow for convenient event parking and exiting. Parking for the event is free, and no prior permission or parking pass is needed to park. Drivers are expected to follow all parking regulations set forth by the parking attendants.

Accessible Parking

Lots 91, 92, 5, 5a and 86 are designated as Accessible Parking. Patrons with special needs may be dropped off near Entrance 1 in the vehicle turnaround for most events. There are numerous accessible parking spaces near all of the entrances.


The Commencement Ceremony will be simulcasted live and shown in the alternative viewing sites in real time.

Alternate Viewing Sites

  • Student Recreation Center
  • Willie A. Tempton Sr. Memorial Student Center – Ballroom
  • Willie A. Tempton Sr. Memorial Student Center – Opal Johnson Smith Auditorium


There is no reserved seating. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to find parking and seating.

Special Services

A section will be reserved in the William “Billy” J. Nicks, Sr. Building (Baby Dome) for persons requiring special needs accommodations. Space in this area is limited, so please plan to arrive early if special assistance is needed. If this area reaches capacity, patrons may be directed to alternative viewing sites.


Official photography for the Commencement Ceremony will be done by a professional photography service. Photos of all graduates will be taken while the graduate is on stage. Graduates will be given cards and order forms at the Commencement Rehearsal to be completed and returned to Flash Photography should he/she want to order photos. Guests may take personal photos of the graduate but are prohibited from blocking the aisles and walkways.


During the ceremony, graduates receive a diploma case presented to them by the President of the University or a University Representative. The actual diploma is mailed to the graduate at the mailing address designated by the graduate in his/her graduation application. Please allow 6-8 weeks for diplomas to arrive.

Graduation Gifts & Memorabilia

Information about PVAMU branded gifts and alumni merchandise can be found on the University Bookstore’s website.

Social Media

We welcome graduates and guests to post their graduation photos to social media sites using the hashtag #PVGradSwag

Commencement Dress Code

All graduates must wear academic regalia, which consists of cap, gown, hoods, and stoles for the Commencement Ceremony. The event will be a combination of standing and sitting, so make sure you are dressed comfortably.

Caps and Gowns

The University Bookstore will provide information about pricing and pick-up of caps and gowns, class rings and graduation announcements.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Will my name be read at the ceremony?
All graduates will have the opportunity to cross the stage where their name will be called and their diploma cover received.

2. How long is the ceremony?
The ceremony is expected to last 2 hours

3. What time will doors open for guests?
Doors will open at 8:30 A.M.

4. Can I bring my own food?
Outside food is prohibited, but bottled water is allowed.

5. What items are not allowed in the venue?
Balloons, gifts, flowers, strollers, food/drink, signs, banners, noise makers, and air horns are not allowed.

6. In the case of inclement weather, how can I receive an update on any changes to the ceremony?
The University commencement staff will notify participants and their guests of program delays, location changes or the need to reschedule the ceremony by Panther Alert text message, Campus Announcements, the PVAMU homepage and official social media channels.

7. If I have achieved academic honors status, where can I pick up my honors cords?
Students who graduate with honors will be recognized by gold cords worn with academic attire at commencement. A student may graduate with honors in one of the following three categories:

  • Summa Cum Laude Cumulative GPA of: 3.9-4.00
  • Magna Cum Laude Cumulative GPA of: 3.7-3.89
  • Cum Laude Cumulative GPA of: 3.5-3.69

Honor cords may be secured from the Commencement Marshall at the scheduled graduation rehearsal.

8. Will the University move toward one graduation ceremony a year?
At this time, there have been no discussions regarding the phase out of multiple commencement ceremonies throughout the year. The spring and summer commencement dates are scheduled to proceed as planned.

9. What is the difference between “conferral only” and “ceremony participation status”?
Starting November 1st through December 3rd, you will only be able to apply for “Conferral Only.” As a “Conferral Only” candidate you will not be able to participate in the Fall Commencement Ceremony and your name will not be listed in the commencement program. Your diploma, however will be mailed to your most recent mailing address in Panthertracks.