We are excited that you’ll be joining us soon to celebrate UNT’s newest graduates!

Graduation is a time to celebrate, not just for graduates, but also for the family and friends who helped them reach this milestone. UNT is proud to welcome you to share in the achievements of your UNT graduate, and we’ve compiled helpful information to make graduation day as enjoyable as possible for you and your graduate.

If you have questions this page doesn’t answer, please review our frequently asked questions before emailing commencement@unt.edu for more information.

Fall Undergraduate College Commencement Ceremony

Fall Undergraduate College Commencement Ceremonies (see the schedule) give graduates the opportunity to celebrate the more traditional moments of graduation. At these ceremonies, bachelor's degree candidates will be called by name, cross the stage and be recognized by their college administration. Graduates wear their regalia.

Fall Doctoral and Master's Commencement with Doctoral/M.F.A. Hooding

Doctoral and Master's Commencement Ceremonies (see the schedule) are held in December to recognize the accomplishments of students who completed post-graduate studies by August or December of that year. Doctoral and M.F.A. candidates (recipients of terminal degrees) are hooded during this ceremony by their faculty mentor. Graduates wear their regalia.

The ceremonies include:

  • Formal processional into UNT Coliseum or the Murchison Performing Arts Center with graduates seated as directed on the floor of the Coliseum or in the audience seats of the Murchison Performing Arts Center.
  • Degree conferral, which is when the president or provost asks graduates to stand so they can be formally recognized by degree level.
  • Graduates’ names announced and displayed on-screen, crossing the stage, recognition by college administration and having their photo taken. Doctoral and M.F.A. candidates (recipients of terminal degrees) will be hooded by their mentor professor(s).

Important Guest Information

Driving Directions and Parking

See the parking map and complete driving directions.

Remember! Don’t rely on a GPS: Exit North Texas Boulevard to access campus and follow the signs and officers’ directions

Ceremony Locations

Doors to the Coliseum will open one hour before the ceremony start time. Only Gates A, B, D & G will be available for entrance.

Doors to the Margot and Bill Winspear Performance Hall inside the Murchison Performing Arts Center open a half-hour prior to the ceremony start time.

Guests are asked to stay for the duration of the ceremony and to meet their graduate outside of the venue at the conclusion of the ceremony. Graduates will exit the Coliseum through the South Tunnel.

Seating

Guest seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are not required and seat-saving is not allowed. If graduation ceremonies reach seating capacity, guests will be directed to nearby venues to watch live broadcasts of the ceremonies on television screens. Due to fire codes and safety issues, there is no standing room.

Special Accommodations

ADA accessible seating is available along the top rows of the lower seating area in the Coliseum. These areas are designated as such. ADA accessible seating is available at the Murchison Performing Arts Center upon request.

Prohibited Items

The following items are not allowed in the seating area: balloons, beach balls, silly string, bubbles, glitter, Frisbees, confetti/confetti cannons, laser pointers, weapons of any kind, signs/banners, tripods/monopods/selfie sticks, and artificial noisemakers (air horns, bullhorns, whistles, etc.). The presence of non-service animals, smoking, vaping and the use of chewing tobacco also is prohibited, as UNT is a tobacco-free campus. Strollers are permitted for younger children but as a safety measure, these are not allowed in the seating area.

Photos

Graduates will have their photo taken by professional photographers during their ceremony. A posed photo will be taken of them with their diploma cover, and a candid shot will be taken as they cross the stage. Flash Photography will email proofs of these photos to the graduate’s UNT email address in the weeks following the ceremony.

Lost and Found

If you lose an item during commencement, call the Lost & Found in the Coliseum office at 940-565-2557.

Can’t attend commencement? Watch the livestream!

Graduates’ friends and family who are unable to attend the ceremony in person may watch the event livestream on the commencement website.