The Mean Green family comes together each fall and spring at commencement to honor the hard work and celebrate the success of our graduates. These are stories of pride, spirit and support — the University of North Texas way.
You’ve done it. All the hard work, late nights and sacrifice are paying off. Soon you’ll be a college graduate, ready to conquer the world with a UNT degree in hand and all of the power and knowledge that comes with it.
Distinction between Graduating and Participating in Commencement
Commencement events are the congratulatory ceremonies hosted by university officials in which students are publicly and formally recognized.
Graduation is the process of being awarded a degree after successfully completing credit hours and other degree requirements. Actual diplomas are not awarded at commencement ceremonies and participation in the ceremonies is not a guarantee of degree completion. To officially graduate from UNT, a student must apply for graduation by the posted deadline. After receipt of final grades, the student's degree audit must show the student satisfied all university, college and departmental requirements for the specific degree. A degree becomes official when it is posted to a student's transcript — typically two to three weeks after the completion of their final term — not by their participation in commencement exercises. A student does not have to be present at a commencement ceremony to receive their degree.
Advising is an important part of making sure you're on track to graduate and that you understand when you can expect to graduate and participate in commencement. Learn more about meeting with an advisor.