Fall 2021 Commencement FAQs

Questions about the ceremonies

What elements will be included in Fall 2021 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).

Will Fall 2021 Commencement include virtual ceremonies?

All ceremonies will be held in-person. A livestream will be available and archived for playback.

Will graduates cross the stage?

Graduates will have an opportunity to cross the stage during commencement ceremonies.

I couldn't/didn't want to participate in previous ceremonies or my guests and/or I cannot attend my upcoming ceremony as assigned. May I return this fall or 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.

Do graduation candidates have to RSVP to attend commencement?

Detailed instructions, including the RSVP link and deadline, will be emailed to the official UNT email accounts for all students approved for Fall 2021 graduation as well as students completing requirements to graduate in the Summer of 2021.

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 for Fall 2021 commencement ceremonies. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve 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.

Questions about Regalia, Rings and Announcements

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.

General Commencement Questions

What does it mean to graduate with honors?

Undergraduate students whose overall grade point average, 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.