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Commencement Checklist

Attend Graduation Fair on March 4th

  • Attend Graduation Fair from 10:00 a.m. - 6 p.m., March 4th, in the Schrum Alumni Relations Center on the 2nd Floor of Cullen. You will be able to order tickets, order your cap and gown, learn about your role as an alumnus/a and celebrate your time at Southwestern.

Order your tickets early

  • Complete the ticket reservation form — Maximum tickets per graduate is 8 — before March 7th for guaranteed seating in the Corbin J. Robertson Center.
  • Commencement tickets will only be issued upon clearance from the Business Office and Registrar’s Office. Be sure to pay any outstanding fees and fines as well as complete all paperwork.

Order your cap & gown.

  • Complete Josten’s online order form to order your cap, gown, and hood. The cost is $61.33 (including tax). ORDERS PLACED AFTER MARCH 7 WILL BE SUBJECT TO A $10 LATE FEE.
  • See the “Regalia” section on this website for instructions. Questions can be directed to the University Events Office, located on the 2nd floor of the Cullen Building or at 512-863-1483.
  • Commencement tickets will not be released until your cap and gown have been ordered.

Make sure your friends can find you after graduation.

Leave your legacy.

Make a contribution to the Class of 2014 Senior Gift, and make an investment in the future of Southwestern. Combined with gifts from parents of graduating seniors, the Senior Gift will create countless opportunities for future Pirates. You can make your gift by visiting the online gift site (, or by stopping by the Office of Annual Giving on the 2nd floor of the Cullen Building.

And while you’re at it, make sure Grandma doesn’t have to crash on your couch.

  • Make hotel reservations for out-of-town guests as soon as possible. Visit Where to Stay for a list of local accommodations. For questions, contact the University Events Office at 512-863-1483.


  • Order Commencement announcements from the SU Bookstore at 512-863-1344 or Josten’s at See the “Announcements, Photography, Rings” section on this website for more information.
  • Order SU Diploma Frame from the SU Bookstore at 512-863-1344.
  • Order photographs and a videotape of the ceremony. Videotaping details and information on photography will be mailed to your permanent address before Commencement. See the “Announcements, Photography, Rings” section on this website for further instructions.


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