Graduation Information

Graduation Information

Application for Graduation

Whether you plan to participate in commencement or not, it is your responsibility (not the responsibility of your instructor/advisor) to apply for graduation at the Office of the Registrar on the East or West Campus by the deadline for the semester in which you intend to graduate. The deadlines are as follows:

  • May graduation deadline for application is February 23 or the following Monday if falling on a weekend.
  • August graduation deadline for application is June 22 or the following Monday if falling on a weekend.
  • December graduation deadline for application is October 1 or the following Monday if falling on a weekend.

Application for Graduation (PDF)


Diplomas are mailed to you within approximately six to eight weeks after the semester ends.


If you are a participant, you may purchase your regalia (cap and gown) and commencement announcements at the DMC Bookstore in the Harvin Student Center. If you would like more information, you may call the bookstore at (361) 884-1823.


Spring 2018 commencement exercises will be held Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m. at the American Bank Center at 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd. in Corpus Christi.

If you have any questions, please call (361) 698-1248.

Participants need to report to Exhibit Hall B, between Selena Auditorium and the arena, the evening of May 11 by 5:45 p.m.

  • Tickets are not required and seating is not reserved.
  • Lots 10 and 24 are reserved for graduates until 5:45 pm. These lots will be open to the public after 5:45 pm. All other parking lots will require a parking fee.
  • Remember to tell your guests to bring money for parking.
  • Tell your guests not to bring tripods, balloons, air horns, flowers, or outside food or beverages.
  • There will be a professional photographer taking pictures.
  • A DVD will also be for sale.
  • Please leave your personal belongings at home or with your guests are there is not a coat-check room available.

Prohibited Items at the American Bank Center

In order to provide a safe and secure environment for all, the following items are not permitted within the American Bank Center, but not limited to:

  • Hoverboards
  • Bottles, cans coolers or similar containers
  • Food, drinks or illegal substances
  • Any weapon, including chains and studded bracelets
  • Video equipment, professional camera, tripods or recording devices
  • Laser pointers, aerosol cans, noise-makers, fireworks
  • Backpacks, unwrapped gifts, large bags, boxes, umbrellas
  • Helium balloons
  • Smoking, including e-cigarettes or vapors
  • Selfie sticks
  • Pets or non-service animals
  • Any other items determined to be unacceptable or dangerous by management

Bag Policy

Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Purses, bags or containers larger than a small clutch bag (a clutch bag is 4.5x6.5" or 6.5x4.5", approximately the size of a hand without a strap)
  • Camera bags
  • Briefcases
  • Backpacks
  • Fanny packs
  • Cinch bags
  • Computer bags
  • Coolers (including thermos)
  • Luggage of any kind

Patrons may bring in the following bags:

  • American Bank Center approved clear plastic, vinyl or PVC that do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12" (images to be provided). Bags may be hand carried or have a shoulder strap.
  • One gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc)

What about diaper bags?

Diapers can be carried in a clear approved bag. Each member of a family, including children, are allowed to carry an approved clear bag and a clutch purse into the stadium. That is sufficient storage capacity for a 3-4 hour event. For any special accommodations or questions please call (361) 826-4749.

An exception will be made for medical necessary items after proper inspection at the entrance.

Live Stream

The Commencement ceremony will be streamed live. The page link will be available 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony.

Watch Commencement Ceremony

Fire Safety at Richardson Performance Hall

Graduation events are very well-attended. Please follow these fire safety guidelines when attending an event at Richardson Performance Hall:

  • Strollers and car seats are not allowed within the auditorium seating area.
  • Adult walkers and scooters are also not allowed to be stored within the seating area.
  • Tripods for cameras are not allowed within the auditorium seating area.
  • Balloons are not allowed within the facility nor glass flower vases.
  • Guests are not allowed to bring in food and beverages within the facility (concessions are available).
  • There are dedicated spaces for wheelchairs and companion seats for family members who require them.


Page last updated March 9, 2018.