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.
Fall Undergraduate College Commencement Ceremony
Fall Undergraduate College Commencement Ceremonies are held every December to give graduates the opportunity to celebrate the more traditional moments of graduation. At these ceremonies, bachelor's degree candidates will be called by name and will walk the stage and shake hands with their college administration. Graduates wear their regalia. The fall college commencement ceremonies include degree conferral.
Fall Doctoral and Master's Commencement with Doctoral/M.F.A. Hooding
Doctoral and Master's Commencement is held every 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 fall doctoral and master’s commencement includes degree conferral.
Commencement Ceremony Details
Undergraduate and Graduate Ceremonies
The Fall Undergraduate College Commencement Ceremonies and the Doctoral and Master's Commencement includes:
- 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 being called by name, walking the stage, shaking hands with 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). The fall ceremonies include degree conferral.
Important Guest Information:
- Undergraduate College Commencement Ceremonies and the Doctoral and Master's Commencement are held in either the UNT Coliseum or the Murchison Performing Arts Center.
- 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 event.
- 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, artificial noisemakers (air horns, bullhorns, whistles, etc.), smoking and the use of chewing tobacco inside or outside (UNT is a tobacco-free campus), and non-service animals. Strollers are permitted for younger children but as a safety measure, these are not allowed in the seating area.
- 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.
- While the typical commencement venues -- UNT Coliseum and the Murchison Performing Arts Center -- are large venues, each ceremony does maximize seating capacity. So that guests in attendance can be seated and enjoy the event, seat saving is not allowed. Commencement seating for families is on a first-come, first-served basis.
- There is no admission charge and seating is not reserved.
- For the college ceremonies and doctoral and master’s commencement, graduates can invite family and friends.
- 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 will be no standing room for guests.
- 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.
- If you lose an item during commencement, contact the Lost & Found in the Coliseum office at 940-565-2557.
Graduates will have their photo taken by professional photographers during the Fall Undergraduate College Commencement Ceremonies and the Doctoral and Master's Commencement. A posed photo will be taken with your diploma cover, and a candid shot will be taken as they shake hands with the university official. Proofs of these photos will be emailed from Flash Photography to the graduate’s UNT email address in the weeks following the ceremony.