Graduation and Convocation
Graduation is the awarding of a degree upon the satisfactory completion of a student's program of work. Master's and doctoral degree candidates should consult their graduate adviser and the Graduate Catalog for procedures to graduate. Students must meet all deadlines and follow all submission instructions for graduation set by the Graduate School.
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 next Graduate School Convocation ceremony will be held 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. Around the first week of April, the Graduate School will email eligible students details of the convocation ceremony and provide a link where you may register to participate. These details will also be posted on this site at that time. 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.
Please note that academic regalia is required for students participating in convocation.
Tickets are not required for guests and they are seated on a first-come first-serve basis. Free parking is available in all of the university's multi-level parking garages and surface lots.
If you require wheelchair accessibility or have other special seating concerns, please see the Bass Concert Hall's accessibility Web site at http://www.texasperformingarts.org/visit/accessibility.
For information about Austin area hotels, restaurants and activities, go to http://www.austintexas.org/visit/plan-your-trip/.
Some colleges host their own ceremonies in addition to the Graduate School Convocation ceremony in addition to the university-wide commencement ceremony.
Questions about participating in convocation may be directed to Christopher Villalobos
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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.
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