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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 a.m., Friday, December 10, 2021

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

  2:30 p.m., Friday, December 10, 2021

  • School of Nursing
  • College of Business Administration

  9:30 a.m., Saturday, December 11, 2021

  • College of Education
  • Humanities & Social Sciences

  2:30 p.m., Saturday, December 11, 2021

  • College of Criminal Justice
  • College of Arts & Media

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.

spotlight M Boyd

Mikah Boyd

Mikah Boyd’s passion for journalism led her to Sam Houston State University’s mass communications department as a transfer student. Once she arrived at SHSU, she soon found her sense of belonging, a strong support system, and things began to improve.  

spotlight Emily McMillen

Emily McMillen

Emily McMillen will be using her degree in Human Resource Management with an HR consulting firm, Achilles Group, after graduation. In her new role, she is hoping to improve the lives of employees by working with businesses on bettering employee accommodations. 

Kismot Kamal posing by the SHSU Clock Tower

Kismot Kamal

As a first-generation student from Lagos, Nigeria, adjusting to college life wasn’t easy for Kismot Kamal. Although finance and transportation difficulties made it hard while working several jobs, that didn’t stop her from fulling her dream of earning a degree in healthcare administration from Sam Houston State University.

Previous Semesters

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.

Fall 2021 FAQs

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