Spring 2018 Commencement

10 AM

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Panther Stadium

Candidates should report by 8:00 AM for individual photo sessions and then be prepared to line up for the 10 AM Commencement Convocation

All Colleges

College of Agriculture and Human Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology, College of Nursing, School of Architecture, Graduate Studies

Lonnie G. Bunch, III
Lonnie G. Bunch, III

Commencement Speaker

Lonnie G. Bunch, III

Historian, author, curator and educator, Lonnie G. Bunch, III is the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. In this position he promotes the museum’s mission to help audiences see African American history as American history, and provides strategic leadership in areas of fundraising, collections, and academic and cultural partnerships.

The museum, the 19th to open as part of the Smithsonian Institution, is located on the national Mall where Smithsonian museums attracted more than 24 million visitors in 2005. It stands on a five-acre site adjacent to the Washington Monument and opposite the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. The museum opened to critical and public acclaim on September 24, 2016.

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Commencement Guide


Guests tickets are not required for the ceremony in Panther Stadium. However, in the case of inclement weather, students will receive ticket information from their assigned college or school along with any updated ceremony changes.


Parking attendants 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.

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.


The Commencement Ceremony will be simulcasted live and shown in the alternative viewing sites in real time. Alternate viewing locations are available for family and friends of graduating students who may prefer to view the commencement ceremony in the comfort of an indoor air-conditioned space.


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.


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

Caps and Gowns

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

Graduation Gifts & Memorabilia

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

Special Services

Persons needing special assistance, please call (936) 261-3585.

Social Media

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

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 3 hours

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

4. If rain is in the forecast, will the ceremony still take place outside?
Spring Commencement is scheduled to take place in Panther Stadium, rain or shine. In the event of severe weather – including thunderstorms with lighting, high winds, heavy or prolonged rain or risk of tornados as forecasted by the National Weather Service – instructions will be given to guests on how and where to seek shelter via the live PA announcement or Panther Alert.

5. 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.

6. 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 summer and fall commencement dates are scheduled to proceed as planned.