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Detailed Commencement Information

Commencement Activities and General Information 

Dear Class of 2018:
Commencement is a momentous occasion and we share in your anticipation of this joyful day. As soon-to-be graduates of the Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, let us be the first to say “Congratulations!” Here is a list of activities and dates leading up to commencement that we want to make you aware of:


Friday, May 11 –Saturday, May 12
The NAPLEX review course, taught by High-Yield MED Reviews, is offered in College Station with video connection to Kingsville. If you signed up for the review, you should have received, or will receive, an email containing details about the course. Please refer to this email for additional information regarding registration, course materials, location and topics schedule. The review will be in Reynolds 141 and the Rangel College of Pharmacy, room 132 from 7:15AM until 6:15PM


Law Review
Tuesday, May 15
The law review is an optional event that requires registration by May 1, 2018. The review is scheduled from 8 am to 5 pm on the Kingsville and College Station campuses, rooms 132 and LH2. Please plan to attend this important review of material that you could see again on the MJPE. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs.


Commencement Rehearsal
Friday, May 25
A mandatory information session to describe Commencement Day activities is scheduled from 8 to 9:30 am in Rudder Auditorium. Information about Commencement, including seating arrangements, will be provided in a packet at the rehearsal.

You will be asked to complete a Graduating Student Alumni Survey and we greatly appreciate your willingness to do so. Please bring a pen or pencil with you and please note that you must complete the survey or a hold will be placed on your transcript.

Honor students (3.5 - 4.0 GPA) will receive honor cords at Commencement rehearsal on May 25. These cords are worn with your regalia at Commencement. You may also wear cords representing your membership in honor societies. Only academic honors for a high GPA, as reflected in membership in nationally recognized honor societies (e.g., Rho Chi), merit the wearing of ribbons, stoles or other indications of academic excellence.

Due to limited seating, each student will be allowed eighteen (18) guests at commencement. Tickets will be provided to the student during commencement rehearsal (May 25th) in order to distribute to their guest prior to the event. At the door of Commencement, a ticket must be presented for entry.


Health Science Reasoning Exam
Friday, May 25
The Health Science Reasoning exam is scheduled from 10 to 11:30 am on Friday, May 25. This exam will be administered in the Reynolds 305 (LH2). You took this exam as a P1 student and the exam tests your critical thinking skills. This exam will not count toward a course grade. Instead, it will be used to assess whether your critical thinking skills have improved over the course of your pharmacy education. If you have questions about this exam, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs.


Advisor Luncheon
Friday, May 25
Please join your faculty advisor for lunch on Friday, May 25, from 11:30 am to 1 pm. You will pick up your lunch in the Medical Sciences Library Collections Room on the second floor. You will then be directed to the location in which you will eat lunch in the company of your faculty advisor. If you have any questions about the luncheon, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs.


Exit Interviews
Friday, May 25
You will receive an email from the Office of Academic Affairs containing the time and location of your exit interview. Your interview will be scheduled between 1 and 3 pm and will take place in the Graduate & Professional Student Zone on the second floor of the Medical Sciences Library.

Exit interviews: Meet one-on-one with a faculty member or administrator to talk about your experiences while enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the Texas A&M University Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy. The person you are meeting with is indicated in the exit interview schedule you receive from the Office of Academic Affairs during the luncheon.


Loan Repayment Information Session
Friday, May 25
Experts from the Texas A&M University Money Education Center will speak with you about paying back your student loans and other important information. Please plan to attend this informative session.  It is scheduled from 3:15 to 4:45 pm in Reynolds 305 (LH2).


College Awards Banquet
Friday, May 25
The College Awards Banquet for the Class of 2018 begins at 6 pm on Friday, May 25, in the Texas A&M University Memorial Student Center, Bethancourt Ballroom from 6-8 p.m. Due to limited seating, each student may invite two (2) guests.


Commencement and Reception
Saturday, May 26
The Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2018 is at 2 pm on Saturday, May 26, in Rudder Auditorium, on the Texas A&M University campus. Due to limited seating, each student will be allowed eighteen (18) guests. Tickets will be provided to the student during commencement rehearsal (May 25th) in order to distribute to their guest prior to the event. At the door of Commencement, a ticket must be presented for entry. Doors open at 1:00 pm for general seating.

Immediately after the ceremony, please plan to celebrate your accomplishment with friends and family at a reception in Rudder Exhibit Hall.

1. From 10:30 to Noon on Saturday, May 26, a representative from Graduate Affairs (regalia vendor) will distribute your regalia in Rudder Theatre. Please note that you do not pick up your hood at this time; it will be donned on stage.

2. At 1:15 pm, arrive in the Theatre wearing your regalia and line up alphabetically preparing for the procession. Representatives from the Office of Student Affairs will be present to help you find your position and for roll call.

3. Photographs are taken of you as you cross the stage as well as an individual shot with your diploma off the stage. Since these photos can be ordered online and made available to friends and family, no other photographers are permitted on the floor during the ceremony. Please inform your friends and family and please know that we greatly appreciate their cooperation. Any audience members coming to the stage to take photos or film will politely be asked to return to their seat.

4. Since there is no place to secure personal items, we ask that you please do not carry umbrellas, purses, or extra apparel with you during the procession into the auditorium.

5. A Commencement program, with the Oath of a Pharmacist inserted, will be placed in your chair.

6. For an impressive ceremony, please wear professional dress: dark dress pants, a dress shirt and tie for men; a suit or dress, skirt and blouse for women. Please wear black/dark dress shoes appropriate for this momentous occasion.

7. The tassel on your tam should be worn on the right side when the ceremony begins. At the appropriate time, Dean Reddy will indicate to move it to the left side.

8. In the Recession, stage guests will recess first, followed by the faculty. Graduates will immediately follow the faculty to exit the auditorium. After exiting, unless you purchased your regalia, immediately go to Rudder Theatre to return your regalia. 


Other Important Graduation Information:
1. All fees and other financial obligations must be paid before Commencement. For up-to-date information regarding your account, please log into Howdy and click on the “My Finances” tab (depending on the day you log in, the “My Finances” tab may have changed to “Former Student”). If you have questions regarding your account, please contact Student Business Services at (979) 847-3337 or

2. If you received a Federal Direct Loan(s) or Federal Graduate Direct PLUS Loan(s), the Scholarships & Financial Aid office will send you information about Loan Exit Counseling; typically one month prior to graduation. If you have any questions about this information, you may contact Scholarships & Financial Aid at (979) 845-3236 or

3. The TAMHSC Department of Information Technology allows students to access their email accounts for up to 90 days after the date of graduation. Please expect an email providing additional information about student email accounts.


Again, congratulations! We look forward to seeing you during Commencement week activities.



Last Updated 3/9/2018

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