Sam Houston State University Commencement

Spring 2023 Commencement Schedule:

Spring 2023 Graduation Ceremonies are scheduled for May 11th, 12th & 13th at the Sam Houston State University Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum. The complete schedule is posted below.

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Important Information & FAQs

Commencement Livestreams

Friday, 9:30 a.m.

Friday, 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, 9:30 a.m.

Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

Commencement Spotlights

Sam Houston State University graduates have made remarkable strides in their lives to reach commencement day. Here are a few examples of Bearkats graduates, who have demonstrated a “can-do” spirit through challenges and service, and remind us of the many ways Sam Houston State is preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement.

Kenyon Whiting

Kenyon Whiting

From a young age, Kenyon Whiting has enjoyed making things and observing how systems and operations function. His interests led him to pursue a degree in electronics and computer engineering technology at SHSU.

Spotlight on Kenyon

Patty Lynn West

Patty Lynn West

Fifty and Finally Finished. This is a fitting motto for Sam Houston State University First-Gen graduate Patty Lynn West, who will proudly cross the stage in December and receive her diploma at the age of 50. West is completing a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences with a major in applied science and a minor in management, all online, while working as an inspector for the oil and gas industry.

Spotlight on Patty

Jose David Ramos

Jose David Ramos

Since middle school, Jose David Ramos knew that criminal justice was the path for him. Ramos’ hard work and language studies have paid off and provided him the opportunity to become an intern at Interpol in France upon graduation.

Spotlight on Jose

Gerald Banaag

Gerald Banaag

Gerald Banaag started teaching while he was still in school himself back in the Philippines and since then knew he wanted to dive deeper into mathematics and teaching. Thanks to support from his husband, professors and mentors, Banaag was able to complete a Master of Arts in Mathematics degree online while teaching in South Carolina.

Spotlight on Gerald

Jessica Mayhew

Jessica Mayhew

Breaking the glass ceiling in any industry is a feat in itself but breaking into the field of agricultural mechanics is a mountainous task that Jessica Mayhew has conquered. After deciding to major in agricultural engineering technology she had to ignore the naysayers and show them that women can lead and succeed in the male dominated industry.

Spotlight on Jessica

Devin Glass

Devin Glass

To Devin Glass, service is more than an obligation; it’s a lifestyle. As an active military member and firefighter, you’d be hard-pressed to find an individual graduating this fall who personifies Sam Houston State University’s motto more.

Spotlight on Devin

Dorcas Temitope Adetoyinbo

Dorcas Temitope Adetoyinbo

Dorcas Adetoyinbo has an unbeatable passion for teaching that has carried her through her college career despite the tremendous challenges she has faced. She began her college career as a first-generation student and graduated with a bachelor’s in mathematics and statistics from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, before pursuing a master’s in mathematics at Sam Houston State University.

Spotlight on Dorcas

Colton Adams

Colton Adams

Colton Adams has never been interested in your sympathy. In fact, he describes the horrific incident that resulted in the loss of his leg from the knee down as a “temporary setback” on his life journey.

Spotlight on Colton

Commencement Program

How to Wear Regalia

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

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.

Spring 2023 FAQs

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