Summer 2019 Commencement

9 AM

Saturday, August 10, 2019
William “Billy” J. Nicks, Sr. Building (Baby Dome)

All candidates should report at 7:45 a.m.

Commencement Rehearsal for all candidates will be held Friday, August 9, 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


Pinning Ceremonies

Alumni Pinning Ceremony
Northwest Houston Center
August 6, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Alumni Pinning Ceremony
Willie A.Tempton Memorial Student Center
August 8, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Dominique Artis

Commencement Speaker

Dominique Artis

Dominique Artis became Chief of the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department on December 28, 2018. Prior to his appointment, he was the Assistant Chief of the Administration Bureau overseeing Training, Maintenance, Clothing and Supply, Recruiting, Chaplain Services, and the Environmental Management System for Dallas Fire-Rescue. Chief Artis has worked in various assignments throughout his 24-year storied career in the department. He has served as Captain, in both Emergency Operations and the Emergency Medical Service Bureau, a district swing Lieutenant, Driver Engineer, and Fire Rescue Paramedic.

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Commencement Guide


Each graduating candidate will be allotted (10) tickets for family, friends and other guests. The ten tickets will grant the candidate’s guests entry into the William “Billy” J. Nicks, Sr. Building (Baby Dome).

  • 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 Thursday, July 25, 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 Summer 2019 Commencement Announcement for the information for your college or school.

Summer 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 Additionally the University will stream the ceremony live from the official Facebook page.


Parking officers 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 officers.

All graduates are required to park behind the Hobart Taylor Building.

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.


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

Special Services

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

Caps and Gowns

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


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


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 8:00 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

Honors cords may be secured from the Office of the Registrar at the scheduled graduation rehearsal.

8. What is the difference between “conferral only” and “ceremony participation status”?
Starting July 13 through August 5, you will only be able to apply for “Conferral Only.” As a “Conferral Only” candidate you will not be able to participate in the Summer 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 Panther tracks.

9. 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.