Commencement Checklist

It's taken years of hard work to get to this point, so make sure you don't forget any of these crucial steps to fully enjoy your commencement experience!

Semester prior to graduation

See your advisor before registration

Get a graduation check to make sure you're enrolled in all requirements for your degree.

Meet with the Career Center

Get help with your resume, cover letter, interviewing skills, and job search strategies.

Semester of graduation

Apply for graduation at the beginning of your last semester

All spring graduation candidates are invited to participate in the Spring 2022 commencement ceremonies. Summer 2022 candidates who are approved by their academic college for spring commencement are invited to participate.

Verify/update mailing and email addresses

(At least six weeks before commencement)

Complete request to release directory information

(If you previously requested that your directory information be withheld concerning your academic records, but you want your name included in the commencement program)

RSVP for commencement

The commencement RSVP for Fall 2022 opens Oct. 24. Before you RSVP, you need to decide whether you will attend your college’s live ceremony in person or if you will participate in UNT’s new virtual ceremony. Commencement RSVP instructions will be sent to your student email. To ensure that you receive these instructions, please add,, and to your safe senders. RSVP by Nov. 16 for virtual or in-person participation. Once you submit your RSVP, you cannot change the option you chose.

Order a class ring from Josten's

Update your contact information with the UNT Alumni Association

Find career fairs and jobs on Handshake

Take the UNT Graduating Student Survey

(sent via email)

Complete First Destination Survey

(sent from Handshake via email)

Week of ceremony

Pick up a program

Printed programs will not be distributed at commencement ceremonies, but graduates may pick up a limited number of Fall 2022 commencement programs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 12-16, 2022, and Dec. 19-23, 2022, in the UNT Alumni Center, Gateway Center, Suite 170 (801 North Texas Boulevard, Denton, Texas, 76203).

Day of ceremony

Who to invite:

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Assorted loved ones
  • Invite as many guests as you want!

Who NOT to invite:

  • Pets (service animals permitted)
  • Enemies (no time for haters)
  • Zombies (total buzzkill)

What to bring:

  • Regalia
  • Comfortable professional clothing to wear under regalia
  • Printout of QR code you got after you sent your RSVP
  • That smile

What NOT to bring:

  • Any bags or purses larger than 5.5" x 8.5", unless it is a clear bag
  • Noise makers or balloons
  • Melee weapons or bad juju

When to arrive:

Candidates should plan to arrive one hour before their ceremony's scheduled start time. Check the ceremony schedule. Line-up will begin one hour before each ceremony's scheduled start time.

Where to go:

All candidates will enter the Coliseum at the west entrance near the building’s electronic sign off of North Texas Blvd. Parking will be available in the lots next to the UNT Coliseum (Lot 20). ADA parking will be available in Lot 27 (at the corner of Maple Street and Highland Street). Parking is on a first come, first served basis. Normal routes to campus may be closed and surrounding streets will be congested with event traffic. Expect delays.

What to do:

There is no rehearsal for the ceremonies. Please give announcers, marshals and staff your complete attention before and during the event to ensure you have all the necessary instructions. When the ceremony processional begins, ceremony marshals will direct you to your seat. During the ceremony, marshals will direct you when to rise and go to the stage where your QR code will be scanned to trigger your name announcement. You’ll receive a diploma cover, be congratulated by your dean or college administrator and then exit the stage to have your photo taken by Flash Photography before returning to your seat. Remain for the duration of your ceremony.

After the ceremony

Receive your diploma

Your diploma will be printed and mailed to your official address UNT has on record within six weeks of commencement, following receipt of final grades and after verification that you have met the final requirements for graduation. You may also order official transcripts reflecting your new degree.