Graduation and Convocation
Convocation is the celebratory public ceremony at which all graduates are individually recognized and hooded by the dean of their academic college. The Graduate School hosts a university-wide convocation ceremony each spring at Bass Concert Hall to honor master's and doctoral graduates.
The Graduate School Convocation ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Bass Concert Hall. The master's ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. and the doctoral ceremony will begin at noon.
To reserve your place in the convocation, complete this online form by May 12, 2014. You must be a summer or fall 2013 graduate or spring 2014 degree candidate to participate in the ceremony. August and December 2014 degree candidates are not eligible to march in this ceremony.
All guests must have a ticket to enter Bass Concert Hall because seating is limited. Students do NOT need tickets for convocation.
Master's graduates may claim up to FOUR (4) guest tickets and doctoral graduates may claim up to FIVE (5) guest tickets. Please only pick up the number of tickets you will use.
To request additional tickets for the Graduate School Convocation, please visit the Extra Tickets Request Form. We will make every effort to accommodate as many guests as possible. This request is not a guarantee that you will receive additional tickets.
We will monitor ticket distribution and once we are able to determine the approximate number of unclaimed tickets you will be contacted with instructions on how to claim additional tickets. This notification will come no later than one week prior to graduation.
Ticket pick up
From Monday, April 7 through Friday, May 9, students may pick up tickets at the Graduate School, Main 101, from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. If the student is unavailable to pick up their own tickets, they may send a proxy. The proxy must know the student’s EID in order to claim the tickets.
Please note that academic regalia is required for students participating in convocation. Regalia is available for rental or purchase through the University Co-op. The deadline to order master’s regalia is May 2, 2014. The deadline to purchase doctoral regalia is March 21, 2014 and to rent doctoral regalia the deadline is April 4, 2014.
Day of Ceremony
Free parking is available in all of the university's multi-level parking garages and surface lots. If you have family or friends who cannot make it to the ceremony, we will provide a link for them to watch the ceremony via live video stream. The link will be posted on this web site a few days before the ceremony.
If you are an international student and need a letter signed by the Graduate School to assist your parents in obtaining a visa to attend the graduation ceremony, you may complete the International Student Letter request form. This letter is only provided for students who have graduated summer or fall 2013 or have applied to graduate spring 2014.
If you require wheelchair accessibility or have other special seating concerns, please see the Bass Concert Hall's accessibility Web site.
Some colleges host their own ceremonies in addition to the Graduate School Convocation ceremony. Also, the university-wide commencement ceremony will be held the evening of May 17, 2014 on the South Mall of the Main Building. Further information on college, school, and department convocation ceremonies can be found on the University's Commencement 2014 Web site.
While Students do NOT need tickets for convocation, all guests must have a ticket to enter Bass Concert Hall.
From Monday, April 7 through Friday, May 9, students may pick up tickets at the Graduate School, Main 101, from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m
Master's graduates may claim up to FOUR (4) guest tickets and doctoral graduates may claim up to FIVE (5) guest tickets.
Questions about participating in convocation may be directed to Danielle Thoma.
More About Convocation
The Office of the Registrar is responsible for official verification of degrees awarded. Please visit the registrar's verification information.
Your diploma is mailed about six weeks after graduation by the Office of the Registrar. It bears your name, graduation date and degree and the university’s seal and signatures. Make sure your address information in UT Direct is up to date.
Looking for a gift for your recent graduate?
Purchase great items at the UT Co-op.