Fall 2020 CommencementSam Houston State University Commencement Class of 2020

Fall 2021 Commencement Schedule:

Fall 2021 Graduation Ceremonies are scheduled for December 10 and December 11 at the Sam Houston State University Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum. The complete schedule is posted below.

  9:30 AM, Friday, December 10, 2021

  • College of Health Sciences (Except Nursing)
  • College of Science & Engineering Technology

  2:30 PM, Friday, December 10, 2021

  • School of Nursing
  • College of Business Administration

  9:30 AM, Saturday, December 11, 2021

  • College of Education
  • Humanities & Social Sciences

  2:30 PM, Saturday, December 11, 2021

  • College of Criminal Justice
  • College of Arts & Media

Commencement Livestreams

Saturday, 9:30 a.m.

Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

Commencement Program

Commencement Program (PDF)

Important Information

Coliseum Clear Bag Policy

There is a clear bag policy in place at the Johnson Coliseum (clear bag no larger than 12x12x6 or purse no larger than 4.5x6.5) and there will be a security bag check prior to entering.

List of Prohibited Items

  • Umbrellas
  • Outside Food and Drinks
  • Airhorns
  • Large Bags
  • Strollers
  • Tripods

Face Coverings

In accordance with CDC guidelines and the University’s COVID-19 Work Group, face coverings are no longer required, but recommended, along with social distancing, for those not vaccinated.

Commencement Etiquette

  • Commencement is a ceremonious occasion honoring important educational accomplishments. Decorum and courtesy are important to you and your family, as well as your fellow degree candidates and their families. Students and guests are expected to maintain a measure of decorum consonant with the occasion.
  • Out of respect for all degree candidates, once seated, all participants are expected to stay until the conclusion of the ceremony which is marked by the candidate recessional.
  • Adherence to the university’s alcohol policy is expected.
  • Improper attire, signs and insignia will be monitored and may be removed.
  • Cell phones and other electronic equipment should be silenced.
  • All candidates should plan to meet their guests outside Johnson Coliseum following the ceremony. Guests are not allowed on the arena floor or the stage and will be asked to exit the coliseum quickly to meet your graduate.


  • Students are expected to wear appropriate clothing beneath their regalia.
  • Students and guests are expected to refrain from disruptive behavior.
  • Students are expected to return to their seats after the on-stage presentation and remain seated for the duration of the ceremony.
  • Sam Houston State University maintains the proud and historic tradition of permitting degree candidates to shake hands with the President as their name is spoken. However, graduates should not feel compelled to shake hands if they are uncomfortable doing so.


  • Family members and/or guests are not permitted on the arena floor.
  • The last degree candidate is equally as important as the first, so please be considerate.
  • We ask that all guests remain seated for the entire ceremony.

Summer 2021 FAQs

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