Way to go, Spring 2021 graduates!

UNT will host in-person commencement ceremonies
April 30 and May 1 at Apogee Stadium

Providing you and your family with an opportunity to celebrate the tremendous accomplishment of earning a degree is one of the most important things we do, and protecting the safety of our UNT community is at the core of every decision we make. To balance these two very important things, UNT will host socially-distanced Spring 2021 Commencement ceremonies at Apogee Stadium, with limited guests.

In addition, virtual College Recognition Ceremonies hosted by the college deans will premiere on YouTube April 30 and May 1.

UNT Spring Commencement 2021

Commencement Ceremonies at Apogee Stadium

Ceremony elements will include:

  • Ceremonial conferral of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees by President Neal Smatresk
  • Remarks from the UNT administration and UNT System leadership
  • Turning of graduates’ tassels and rings

What you need to know about the in-person commencement ceremonies:

  • The ceremonies are at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1. The schedule below indicates which graduates are invited to which ceremony.
  • Participation is limited to graduates who RSVP by April 14 and their four (4) ticketed guests. All commencement communications — including the RSVP process and deadline — will be sent to graduates' official UNT email accounts. RSVP instructions were sent to graduate candidates' official UNT email accounts on March 30.
  • Ticketing will be strictly enforced and seating will be preassigned to maintain social distancing.
  • A livestream link will be added here the week of the event for those unable to attend.
  • Face coverings are required at all times on campus including at Apogee Stadium.
  • Graduates are required to wear official UNT regalia.
  • Verbal recognition of graduates and crossing the stage are not components of this ceremony.

Latest updates:

Spring 2021 grads, search for these subject lines in your official UNT email inbox to see any updates you may have missed. Be sure to check your spam or junk folders.

  • RSVP today to attend Spring 2021 Commencement at Apogee Stadium — Tuesday, March 30
  • Reminder – Submit your name pronunciation to aid graduation announcers — Wednesday, March 17
  • Help us correctly pronounce your name during virtual College Recognition Ceremonies — Monday, March 1

Weather plan for Spring 2021 commencement ceremonies

In light rain, the ceremonies will take place as scheduled. If severe weather is predicted or imminent at the time of any of the in-person ceremonies, UNT leadership will consider the viability of delaying the ceremony start time or postponing ceremonies to May 2. The decision will be announced the week of the events, up to two hours prior to the affected ceremony(ies). Last-minute updates will be posted on this website and via email to graduates who were issued tickets.


Virtual College Recognition Ceremonies

UNT also will celebrate Spring 2021 graduates in College Recognition Ceremonies that will include remarks by the college deans, and each graduate's name will be read aloud and displayed, along with degree granted, Latin Honors and major professor, if applicable.


Spring 2021 Commencement and Virtual College Recognition Ceremony Schedule


Links to all ceremony livestreams and premieres will be available on this website the week of commencement

Friday, April 30, 2021

In-Person Commencement Ceremony 1
10 a.m. — Apogee Stadium

Including bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral candidates from the:

College of Health and Public Service
College of Information
College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism
College of Visual Arts and Design
New College

Virtual College Recognition Ceremonies

1 p.m. CT

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
(Including the Mayborn School of Journalism)

(Undergraduates)

2 p.m. CT

College of Music

(Undergraduates)

3 p.m. CT

College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism

College of Visual Arts and Design

(Undergraduates)

4 p.m. CT

College of Health and Public Service

College of Information

New College

(Undergraduates)

In-Person Commencement Ceremony 2
7 p.m. — Apogee Stadium

Including bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral candidates from the:

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
(Including the Mayborn School of Journalism)


Saturday, May 1, 2021

In-Person Commencement Ceremony 3
10 a.m. — Apogee Stadium

Including bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral candidates from the:

College of Education
College of Engineering
College of Science

Virtual College Recognition Ceremonies

1 p.m. CT

G. Brint Ryan College of Business

(Undergraduates)

2 p.m. CT

Doctoral and Master's

(All colleges)

3 p.m. CT

College of Engineering

College of Science

(Undergraduates)

4 p.m. CT

College of Education

(Undergraduates)

In-Person Commencement Ceremony 4
7 p.m. — Apogee Stadium

Including bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral candidates from the:

College of Music
G. Brint Ryan College of Business
Toulouse Graduate School (Interdisciplinary Studies and Advanced Data Analytics candidates)

Please note all schedules are subject to change based on RSVP quantities, the status of the pandemic and inclement weather on ceremony days.


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