May 2021 Commencement

The 2021 Spring Commencement Ceremony was held over two days at Bobcat Stadium.  

The ceremonies on May 13 and May 14 drew 3,656 participants. A total of 4,235 students were approved for degrees in spring of 2021. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the ceremony was held outside where more guests were accommodated. In 2020, commencements were a mixture of virtual and in-person ceremonies.

This year’s commencement featured Robert Earl Maxwell, former CEO of St. David’s Foundation, who received an honorary doctoral degree at the 6 p.m. ceremony on May 13; and Alan L. Tinsely, a member of the Texas State University System Board of Regents, who delivered the keynote address for the 10 a.m.  May 14 ceremony.

graduation ceremony and video screen
young man holding diploma and smiling
graduates in stadium
5 women pose for photo
man smiling and holding diploma
male graduates clapping
three male graduates
man receiving honorable degree
two females holding diplomas and smiling
graduation stage
female graduate holding up txst hand sign
female graduate with dog
five men smiling for photo
group of graduates holding diplomas
graduation cap
man speaking at podium
staff member helping graduate
graduate and diploma
female graduate holding up hand showing off ring
two female graduates smiling for photo
man at podium
graduation cap reading "i did it! 2021"
young man holding diploma over head and smiling
male graduate standing in front of texas flag
graduation cap reading "gracias mama & papa"
female graduate smiling
male graduate holding up txst hand signs
graduate about to jump in river
3 people holding diplomas
female graduate turning hat
woman in graduation gown jumping into river
man jumping in river
graduates in river

May 13
10 a.m. Degree candidates from the Department of Anthropology; Department of English; Department of Geography; Department of Political Science; Department of Psychology; Department of Sociology; University College; and the Graduate College.  

2 p.m. Degree candidates from the College of Applied Arts; Department of History; International Studies; International Relations; Department of Philosophy; Department of World Languages and Literatures; and the Graduate College.  

6 p.m. Degree candidates from the College of Health Professions; Department of Accounting; Business Administration; Department of Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Methods; Department of Management; and the Graduate College  

May 14
2 p.m. Degree candidates from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication; School of Music; Department of Theatre and Dance; Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Ingram School of Engineering; Department of Mathematics; and the Graduate College.