Time to Celebrate! Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Congratulations! The fall 2016 semester is wrapping up - you made it! There will be a variety of different ceremonies held to celebrate the achievements of our Islanders. See our compilation below for full details!

ISLANDER Commencement

Join us as we celebrate the achievements of our newest Islander graduates on Saturday, December 17, at the American Bank Center arena! The first ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. for graduates from the College of Business, the College of Education and Human Development, and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The second ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. for graduates from the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science and Engineering. Doors open one hour before each ceremony.

About the venue: The American Bank Center is located at 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd. The arena is open seating. Per venue policy, no purses, bags or containers larger than a small clutch bag, outside food or drink, balloons, vases, air horns, beach balls or tripods will be allowed in the arena. Please see the venue website (link below) for more information.

Watch our live broadcast online: Can't make it to the ceremony? We'll be live streaming both events on our Commencement website!

Photos and DVDs: Flash Photography will be photographing each graduate at the commencement ceremony. These photos, as well as recordings of the ceremony, will be available for purchase after the ceremony. Please see the Commencement website for more information.

Don't forget to make graduation a 'social' occasion! ‪#‎IslanderGrad‬ or #TAMUCC on Twitter and Instagram to share your graduation portraits, thanks, congrats, and photos from the ceremony!


The Teacher Education Induction Ceremony is on December 14 at 6:30 P.M. in the Performing Arts Center (PAC).

The ceremony is hosted by the College of Education and Human Development and recognizes students' achievement of becoming professional educators. The formal recognition includes students receiving medallions, which can be worn over the graduates' gowns at commencement.

The College of Education and Human Development Hooding Ceremony is on December 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the University Center Anchor Ballroom.

The ceremony recognizes students' achievement in earning their master's or doctoral degrees. The ceremony is also a chance for graduates to recognize the family, friends, and educators whose support helped make their graduation possible.

Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the Honor Society of Nursing, will hold an induction ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

The honor society consists of registered nurses who are earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, graduate students who are earning a Master of Science in Nursing, and nurse leaders who are in the community. Membership is by invitation to those who meet qualifications of excellence in academics and in professional conduct. Each attending inductee will receive a lavender honor cord and a lapel ribbon.

The event is open to nursing students, inductees, their families and the public.

The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Hooding Ceremony is on December 15 from 6-9 p.m. in the University Center Lone Star Ballroom 142A.

This ceremony is a new tradition and invites CLA Master’s students and their families to be recognized and hooded by their faculty advisors. Graduate students will be presented with a special lapel pin from CLA and a small reception will follow.

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CONHS) Recognition and Pinning Ceremony is on December 16 from 1:30-4 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center (PAC).

This ceremony will be held to honor CONHS students earning their degrees during the fall 2016 semester. The ceremony includes the hooding of master’s degree students and a pinning ceremony for undergraduate nursing students. The hooding portion of the ceremony has historic roots. By placing the hood over the students’ heads, professors symbolically welcome them as fellow scholars. In modern times, the hood’s colors represent a graduate’s university and major.

The fall 2016 Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony will be held Friday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m., in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom C, and marks the transition of graduating ROTC students from cadets to enlisted officers.

The ceremony includes the pinning of lieutenant’s bars by the soldier's loved ones, and the Silver Dollar Salute, an Army tradition in which a newly commissioned second lieutenant presents a silver dollar to the first enlisted soldier who salutes him. The coin symbolically acknowledges the receipt of respect due to the new rank and position.

The College of Science and Engineering (COSE) Hooding and Cording Ceremony will be on December 16 at 2 p.m. in Island Hall, Rm. 160.

All COSE students graduating with master’s degrees are eligible to be hooded at the ceremony. In addition, undergraduate students can be recognized for their research alongside a faculty mentor and can receive undergraduate research cords.

Congratulations to all of our fall 2016 graduates - we look forward to celebrating your achievements!

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