Family and Friends

Family & Friends

Ceremony Instructions

Tickets are not required for the Brownsville ceremony.  Seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis at both locations. The ceremony will begin with the grand procession of the degree candidates at 6 p.m. (Brownsville Student Union Lawn) on Friday December 15, 2017. 

Tickets will be required for entrance into the ceremonies held at the McAllen Convention Center at all times.  The ceremony times at the Mc Allen Convention Center are available here. The ceremony will last approximately 2½ hours.

McAllen Convention Center

McAllen Convention Center standard procedures include but are not limited to pat down and item searches so we recommend an early arrival.


Parking for visitors is available on a first come first serve basis on the Brownsville Campus and the McAllen Convention Center. Parking decals are not required at either location.  

Inclement Weather

In the event of a weather cancellation in Brownsville, the commencement ceremony will be moved to 6 p.m. Friday, December 15, 2017 at the McAllen Convention Center. Notification will be provided 24-48 hours prior to a change of location.

Services for Guests with Disabilities: People with special needs who plan to attend commencement may contact Student Accessibility Services for information.  Handicapped parking is available.  Guests are advised to arrive early to take advantage of available parking. A special seating area secured by University Police will be available. The seating is for guests who use wheelchairs or walkers or have other needs. A sign language interpreter will be available on site. To make a special request, contact Student Accessibility Services at 956-665-7005 or 956-882-7374.

As a sign of respect, your attendance is expected throughout the entire ceremony.