Commencement FAQs

Questions about the ceremonies

Do graduation candidates have to RSVP to attend commencement?

For Spring commencement, detailed instructions, including the RSVP link and deadline, are emailed in April to the official UNT email accounts for all students approved for spring graduation as well as summer graduates approved by their academic college to participate in Spring commencement. RSVPs for Spring Commencement must be completed by the deadline, usually in mid April. For Fall commencement instructions and the RSVP link and deadline are emailed in November with a mid-November RSVP deadline.

After completing the RSVP process, graduates will receive by email a QR code that they need to bring with them to their commencement ceremony or have available on their phone. The code will be scanned just before they approach the stage, triggering their name to be announced and their name to appear on the screens in the venue. Graduates who arrive at commencement without their code will need to visit the Help Desk outside of the line-up room to receive their QR code.

What do I do if I didn't RSVP before the deadline?

Students who missed the RSVP deadline will not have their name pre-recorded for the ceremony and will require their name to be read live as they cross the stage. They will need to arrive at their commencement ceremony one hour before it is scheduled to begin and check in at the Help Desk prior to lining up. They will be given a QR code on a colored GradPass. This lets the Master of Ceremony know the student's name is not prerecorded and needs to be read live as they cross the stage. Students with a QR code that says “Live Read Required” need to visit the Help Desk to receive their QR code on a colored card.

What elements are included in commencement ceremonies?

UNT's Undergraduate College Commencement Ceremonies are hosted by college deans and honor graduates with pomp and circumstance. The ceremonies include traditional graduation moments – wearing regalia, degree conferral, the calling of graduate names, and crossing the stage.

The Doctoral and Master's Commencement is hosted by Toulouse Graduate School and recognizes the accomplishments of students who completed post-graduate studies. Doctoral and M.F.A. candidates (recipients of terminal degrees) are hooded during this ceremony by their faculty mentor(s).

Does commencement include virtual ceremonies?

Commencement ceremonies are held in-person with a livestream available on the commencement website that is archived for playback. New for Fall 2022, UNT is developing a virtual commencement experience for students who earned their degree remotely via online learning options.

I couldn't/didn't want to participate in previous ceremonies or my guests and/or I couldn't attend my ceremony as assigned. May I return in the future to participate and cross the stage?

You may contact your academic college to see if they are able to accommodate your request.

Does UNT host summer commencement ceremonies for students who graduate in the summer?

UNT does not host commencement ceremonies during the summer. Students who fulfill graduation requirements and are approved to graduate during the summer can either participate in the previous spring commencement ceremonies (if they apply to participate and are approved to do so) or they can participate in the next fall commencement ceremonies.

Is the event ticketed? How many guests may graduates invite?

Tickets are not required commencement ceremonies. Graduates who RSVP receive a QR code that they will need to bring with them to scan at their ceremony to trigger their name to be said aloud and appear on the screen, but it is not a ticket. Seating for guests is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open one hour prior to ceremony start. The ceremonies will be streamed live from commencement.unt.edu for those unable to attend in person.

What can my guests and I bring to the ceremony?

The Coliseum enforces a clear bag policy for all commencement events. Only clear bags up to 12” x 12” as well as small bags, roughly the size of an adult human hand, are allowed into the venue. Balloons and noisemakers are not be allowed into the Coliseum. Graduates should only bring their QR code, either saved on their device or printed. To print your QR code, when you log in to Marching Order, you will be taken to your Graduate Home page which includes a button to “Print Grad Pass.” On the next page, click on “Print GradPass” to print your QR code.

Questions about Regalia, Rings and Announcements

Where can I find regalia pricing and information, including tassel color?

Official UNT regalia may be purchased through the Barnes & Noble at UNT bookstore on campus. Orders will be shipped to the Barnes & Noble on campus for pick up prior to commencement ceremonies. Payment is due at that time. Learn about regalia order deadlines and pricing. For answers to other regalia, ring and announcement questions, email SM8085@bncollege.com.

What if I can't afford to purchase or rent a cap and gown?

A limited number of graduation caps and gowns are available for rental at no charge through the Mean Green Gowns for Grads program. We do not want the price of a cap and gown to prevent students from celebrating their huge academic accomplishment.

For answers to other regalia, ring and announcement questions, email SM8085@bncollege.com.

Questions about Diplomas, Diploma Covers and Programs

Why don’t I receive my diploma at commencement? When will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas are printed and mailed to official UNT mailing addresses within eight weeks of commencement following the receipt of final grades and after verification that the candidate has met all requirements for graduation. It is the responsibility of the graduate to ensure UNT has the correct mailing address on file after graduation. Graduates were asked for their diploma address on the graduation application and should verify and/or update their mailing address by logging into my.unt.edu with their EUID and password. Learn more about diplomas.

Will my guests or I receive programs at my ceremony?

Printed programs are not distributed at commencement ceremonies, but a digital version of the program is available online within a few days of the ceremonies. Programs are available for pick up at the Alumni Center in the days leading up to and immediately following commencement weekend.

General Commencement Questions

What does it mean to graduate with honors?

Undergraduate students whose overall grade point average (found on the degree audit), based on both grades earned in UNT courses and transferred courses, is at least 3.500 or better can graduate with honors, also called Latin honors. These are the distinctions of cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude. Learn more about graduating with honors.