Congratulations on your scheduled graduation from Texas Lutheran University! This memorandum provides information about the May 12 baccalaureate service and commencement. Please read these instructions carefully as this will be the only communication you receive and there will be no rehearsals for these events.
- Monday, March 19 – Graduation announcements, caps and gown will be available for purchase at the TLU Bookstore beginning Monday, March 19.
- Tuesday, April 24 (3-7 p.m.) -- Grad Gear Up! (ASC Lounge)
This is your opportunity to take care of all things pertaining to graduation at one location. Verify the reading of your name at the ceremony and on your diploma, wrap up loose ends with the business and financial aid offices, pick up your rain tickets, and take care of any other important graduation business. This event is a part of the TLU Senior Salute Week.
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Place: Jackson Auditorium
Report to Hein Dining Hall by 10:10 a.m. to line up for the processional to Jackson Auditorium. Wear your gown, but not your cap. Do not wear any honor cords or medallions that you may receive from an honor society or other organization. These are not worn until the commencement ceremony that evening. The faculty marshals will be present to assist with the line-up. There is no individual order for lining up other than to have the program participants go first, followed by the faculty, then the graduates.
The crucifer will lead the processional into the auditorium. The faculty marshals will direct the faculty, graduates and platform party to their respective seats. Remain standing in place until the signal to be seated.
For the recessional, the crucifer will lead the way out. The platform party, graduates and faculty will follow as directed by the faculty marshals.
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Chapel Lawn
The stage will be set up directly in front of the Chapel, with the lawn from the Chapel to the Victory Bell as the seating area. There will be plenty of seating for family, friends and invited guests. Tickets will not be used, except in the event of rain. Each graduate will be given 5 “rain tickets”, which will be used if the ceremony is moved to Jackson Auditorium due to inclement weather. More information will be sent out regarding rain plans as we get closer and as needed.
For Commencement on the Chapel Lawn, report to Tostengard Activity Center by 5:45 p.m. for lining up for the processional, last minute instructions, clarification of the pronunciation of names, and picture taking. The faculty marshals will be present to assist with the line-up and charts will be posted along the formation area.
At 6:55 p.m., the crucifer will lead the procession from the Tostengard Activity Center to the Chapel Lawn. The faculty marshals will direct the faculty, graduates and platform party to their respective seats. Remain standing in place until the signal to be seated. If someone is missing from the assigned space on the seating chart, leave that seat open as the person may arrive late.
When it is time to present the diplomas, listen for Dr. Dorsey to ask the Vice President for Academic Affairs to present the candidates. Dr. Cottrell will read a line, which ends “...will please rise.” Do so as a group. The president will speak a few more lines and then Dr. Cottrell will ask the candidates to “present themselves as their names are called.” A faculty marshal will direct you, row by row, to the steps on the right side of the stage. Proceed to the top step and wait for your name to be called. Mr. Lewis Westerman, chair of the Board of Regents, will shake your hand as you proceed across the stage. He will also present university honor cords (e.g., summa cum laude)to those eligible for one. Receive your diploma from Dr. Dorsey, shake hands, and transfer the tassel on your cap from the right to the left side, over your heart, as a traditional sign that you have graduated. You may sit down as soon as you return to your seat.
After the benediction, the crucifer will lead the recessional to the Victory Bell. The platform party, graduates and faculty will follow as directed by the faculty marshals. When you reach the Victory Bell, feel free to ring it and celebrate your new status as a TLU graduate!
Note: For your convenience on graduation day, the TLU Bookstore will be open from
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 5 - 8:30 p.m. The Coffee Shop in Tschoepe Hall will be open prior to graduation from 5-7 p.m. Coffee Shop options include water, sodas, coffee, Frappuccino’s and snacks.
For general questions about graduation, please feel free to contact me at ext. 8001 or visit me in Beck Center Suite 220. You may also find graduation information on the TLU Portal by visiting https://my.tlu.edu/ICS/TLU_INFO/Information_For_Graduates/
Again, congratulations on your scheduled graduation!