School of Health Professions
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SHP Commencement FAQ's

1. When is the commencement ceremony?
2. How will I be notified about commencement related activities?
3. How can I be sure that my name will be listed in the Commencement program?
4. How long does the TTUHSC SHP Commencement ceremony last?
5. Are tickets required for family and friends to attend the ceremony?
6. Is it Open Seating or Assigned Seating?
7. Is my child allowed to process on stage with me to receive my diploma?
8. How do I get my cap and gown?
9. What is the official attire for participating in the commencement ceremony?
10. What is the cost for graduation regalia (cap and gown)?
11. How do I know if I am graduating with honors or will have an Honor Cord at commencement?
12. What if I am unsure about attending commencement?
13. What if I would like to change my RSVP later on?
14. When will I receive my diploma?
15. Which address will my diploma be sent to?
16. How do I request accommodations for the graduate or any guests attending commencement?
17. Where can I order graduation photos/videos?
18. Where should I advise my guests to stay if they are from out of town?
19. What should I bring with me on the day of commencement?
20. What if I have questions that are not listed here?

  

When is the commencement ceremony?

Saturday, May 12th, 2018, 10:00 a.m.

Where: United Supermarkets Arena Lubbock, Texas

How will I be notified about commencement related activities?

All correspondence regarding graduation and commencement exercises will be posted on the TTUHSC SHP Commencement webpage http://www.ttuhsc.edu/health-professions/commencement/ or sent to your TTUHSC administered student e-mail account. It is recommended that you check your TTUHSC e-mail regularly.

How can I be sure that my name will be listed in the Commencement program?

In order for your name to be listed in the Commencement Program, you MUST have completed the online graduation application no later than April 9, 2018. In addition, you must agree to your information being published. If you do not recall how you answered this question on your graduation application, please email shp.studentaffairs@ttuhsc.edu.

How long does the TTUHSC SHP Commencement ceremony last?

Though lengths may vary, each ceremony typically lasts 2 hours.

Are tickets required for family and friends to attend the ceremony?

No, tickets are not required.

Is it Open Seating or Assigned Seating?

Seating for guests will be on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED basis. We ask that guests refrain from saving seats in the arena before the ceremonies. Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.

Is my child allowed to process on stage with me to receive my diploma?

For safety reasons, children and infants will not be allowed to accompany graduates on stage. Please arrange for family and friends to care for children at the ceremony.

How do I get my cap and gown?

Regalia may be ordered from West Texas Graduation Services (www.westtexasgrad.com). Orders placed after February 1, 2018 will incur a $15.95 expedited fee, plus applicable shipping fees. The last day to purchase or rent with an expedited fee is February 16, 2018. Please contact West Texas Graduation Services to determine if regalia may still be ordered, 806-744-7737.

What is the official attire for participating in the commencement ceremony?

You may purchase your regalia package from West Texas Grad Services. Adornments may be worn but are limited to cords and stoles from organizations officially recognized by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Personal decor is NOT allowed on mortar boards, caps or gowns.

What is the cost for graduation regalia (cap and gown)?

Regalia information is available on the West Texas Graduation Services website (www.westtexasgrad.com). There are multiple regalia packages available.

 

How do I know if I am graduating with honors or will have an Honor Cord at commencement?

Only undergraduate students are eligible to graduate with honors. Below is the breakdown of each honors designation:

Summa Cum Laude 3.90-4.0
Magna Cum Laude 3.70-3.89
Cum Laude 3.50-3.69

 There will be a reader card in your assigned seat when you arrive at Commencement. Your reader card will reflect your honors status. Honor cords will be distributed on the day of commencement.

What if I am unsure about attending Commencement?

If you are unsure that you will be able to attend Commencement, please RSVP “undecided” on your graduation application however please be sure to still order your regalia in the event that you change your mind, so that we will have all necessary information to get you regalia.

What if I would like to change my RSVP later on?

If you decide NOT to attend commencement, and replied “undecided” or “yes” on your graduation application, please send an email letting us know at shp.studentaffairs@ttuhsc.edu by May 4, 2018.

When will I receive my diploma?

For Spring 2018 graduates, your diploma will be available for pick up immediately following your commencement ceremony. Prior to commencement, please check to make sure you do not have any holds on your account. You will not be able to receive a diploma until the hold is resolved and released. If your graduation date is for the Summer semester, your diploma will be mailed to you approximately 1-3 weeks following your official graduation date.

Which address will my diploma be sent to?

Your diploma will be sent to the mailing address that you indicate on your graduation application. Please be aware that FedEx or Lonestar do NOT deliver to P.O. Box addresses. If you have a Lubbock address listed as your diploma mailing address, then you will need to pick up your diploma at TTUHSC Student Services, 2C 400.

How do I request accommodations for the graduate or any guests attending commencement?

Please email us, shp.studentaffairs@ttuhsc.edu, no later than April 16, 2018 if you or any of your guests require any type of accommodation for the ceremony. If your circumstances change after the April 16th deadline and you need to request or change previously requested accommodations, please send an email immediately to shp.studentaffairs@ttuhsc.edu. Requests received after May 9, 2018 may not be accommodated.

Where can I order graduation photos/videos?

A professional photographer will be taking photos of each graduate as they receive their diploma. You will be able to view and order these photos online. Images will be posted within 48 hours of the ceremony.

Photographers will also be available after the ceremony for Friends and Family Photos with the Graduates. There is no charge or obligation to have photos taken.

Where should I advise my guests to stay if they are from out of town?

We do not block hotel rooms for commencement. Anyone wishing for accommodations should make their own reservations. Please make sure you reserve the correct dates.

Here are hotels that are close to the United Supermarkets Arena:

Overton Hotel and Conference Center

Staybridge Suites Lubbock

Baymont Inn & Suites

For more information on hotels in Lubbock, please see Visit Lubbock.

What should I bring with me on the day of commencement?

We ask all graduates to leave personal belongings with friends or family during the ceremony. There is not a place to safely secure personal belonging during the ceremony.

What if I have questions that are not listed here?

Please contact our office:

School of Health Professions
Office of Admissions and Student Affairs
3601 4th St MS 6294
Lubbock, TX 79430
806-743-3220
shp.studentaffairs@ttuhsc.edu

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