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Commencement

Dear College of Pharmacy students and guests;
 
Earlier this week, Texas A&M University announced that Spring commencement ceremonies and large-scale events will be postponed amid the global COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on event size set forth by the federal government. While this is disappointing, rest assured that your countless hours of hard work, dedication and commitment leading to your academic success will not be forgotten. The College is already looking for alternative ways to celebrate the great accomplishments of our graduates.
 
Events directly impacted by this directive across the health sciences for Spring 2020 include Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health.  More information will be forthcoming at the college level as to the specific alternative details. 
 
We know this is disappointing, but the safety of our students, faculty, staff and the community are our top priority.  You may contact Ms. Shelia Robinson at srobinson@tamu.edu or Ms. Christie Knudsen at cknudsen@tamu.edu if you have additional questions. Thank you for your understanding and continue to take care of yourselves! 
 
The Office of Student Affairs
 
 

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 22

Awards Banquet, Virtual Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m.
More information coming soon.
If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Sharon LeMieux at lemieux@tamu.edu.

Saturday, May 23 (RESCHEDULING IN PROGRESS)

Commencement ceremony, TBD

The length of each commencement ceremony will vary and it is best to plan for up to three hours. Although visitors may leave the viewing area at any time, graduating students and their guests are requested to respect the other graduates by staying during the entire ceremony.

Reception to follow, Texas A&M University Rudder Auditorium - Exhibit Hall

dr.-jan-engle-webCommencement speaker for the Class of 2020:
Jan Engle, PharmD., PhD. (Hon), FAPhA, FCCP, FNAP
Executive Director of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)

Click here to read more about our commencement speaker

 

Graduation Security and Safety Procedures

Security and Bag Check

As Texas A&M University prepare for upcoming Commencement exercises, they are actively planning for the thousands of graduates, families and loved ones who will attend this momentous occasion. It is our top priority to ensure a safe and memorable experience for all involved. Therefore, safety procedures will be in place for upcoming Commencement ceremonies held on campus. To ensure the safety of every guest, visitors may be subject to security and bag checks before entering the Commencement venue.

This information is being provided as a preliminary precaution that delays are possible due to increased security measures. We recommend checking back periodically for more information, as further details are pending.

We regret any inconvenience our increased security causes, but our primary goal is the safety of our students, their families and guests, and our faculty and staff. Thank you for your understanding.

Noisemaker Policy

Every graduate would like for family and friends to hear his or her name called when receiving their degree. We kindly ask that air horns or extra loud noisemakers not be used during the ceremony.

Photography

Flash Photography is the official Commencement photographer for the ceremonies at Rudder Auditorium. Graduates will be photographed once on stage and again individually off stage. Proofs will be e-mailed and mailed to each graduate the week after the ceremony with available packages for purchase. If you have any questions, please contact the photographer at 1-800-410-8070 or directly via their web page www.FlashPhotography.com.

Diploma Frames

Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Texas A&M University is the official on-campus bookstore and located in the Memorial Student Center (MSC) first level. Information and online ordering may be found at tamu.bncollege.com.

USA Diploma Frames. For additional information, visit https://www.usadiplomaframes.com/ or call them directly at 214.763.3361. USA also have been invited to set-up on the day of Commencement and display diploma frame options for purchase.

AGGIELAND OUTFITTERS. They have 3 locations in College Station. Visit their website for additional information and location directions.

ADA Accommodations

Seating is available inside Rudder Auditorium for patrons needing ADA Accommodations.

The Commencement ceremony is well attended. We highly encourage any guest needing ADA Accommodations to arrive at the auditorium early. An early arrival will allow us to seat you prior to the doors opening to the general public at 1:00 pm. If you need assistance or have a question about accommodations, contact the Office of the Student Affairs at (979) 436-0720.

Parking

For ceremonies held in College Station, there are many parking spaces available on campus and near Rudder Auditorium. Guests attending Commencement in Rudder may pay to park in University Center Garage according to the hourly visitor rates

Handicapped parking is available with the appropriate parking permit. For Texas A&M University main campus parking questions, please contact Transportation Services at 979-862-7275 (PARK).

Lots 62, 48 and 59, located next to Kyle Field and other open lots within walking distance to Rudder Auditorium are FREE on weekends, and after 5 pm on Friday, unless it is a RESERVED space.

Hotel Accommodations

Hyatt Place
Ramada College Station
Hilton Garden Inn Bryan/College Station
Hilton College Station & Conference Center
Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center

Further Questions

For assistance with further questions, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 979-436-0720, srobinson@tamu.edu or cknudsen@tamu.edu.