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.
Spring Undergraduate College Commencement Ceremony
Spring Undergraduate College Commencement Ceremonies are held every May 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. Undergraduate students who are planning to complete degree requirements during summer and who wish to participate in a spring ceremony, must apply for summer graduation by the Feb. 15th spring graduation application deadline and receive advisor approval. Candidates wear their regalia.
Spring Doctoral and Master's Commencement with Doctoral/M.F.A. Hooding
Spring Doctoral and Master's Commencement is held every May to recognize the accomplishments of students who completed post-graduate studies by May. Doctoral and M.F.A. candidates (recipients of terminal degrees) are hooded during this ceremony by their faculty mentor(s). Graduates wear their regalia.
- Spring Graduates: Doctoral and master's students earning degrees in May will be recognized in the spring Doctoral and Master's Commencement. To participate in the spring Doctoral and Master's Commencement, doctoral and master's candidates must apply and be approved for Spring graduation by the posted deadlines, and must RSVP using the links provided in the mailed commencement packet.
- Summer Graduates: Doctoral and master’s students who will officially graduate in Summer and meet one of the criteria below may be approved to participate in the Spring ceremony. Students must apply for Summer graduation by the posted deadlines for the Spring in order to be approved to participate in the Doctoral and Master’s spring commencement ceremony. These candidates must also RSVP to attend the ceremony. Learn more about applying for graduation
- Master’s candidates who are completing a coursework only program (not completing a thesis or comprehensive exam) and are within 6 hours of completing degree requirements in summer are eligible to participate in the Spring ceremony
- Master’s candidates who pass a comprehensive exam prior to the last class day of the Spring semester are eligible to participate in the Spring ceremony
- Master’s candidates who defend and submit their final thesis prior to the last class day of the Spring semester are eligible to participate in the Spring ceremony
- Doctoral candidates who defend and submit their final dissertation prior to the last class day of the Spring semester are eligible to participate in the Spring ceremony
- Students that do not meet requirements above but who have substantial and exceptional circumstances warranting ceremony participation prior to degree completion require the approval of the appropriate college dean or associate dean. Please contact the Toulouse Graduate School or your dean’s office for further information. Examples of exceptional circumstances include:
- A candidate with family overseas who has purchased tickets well in advance and has obtained visas for the specific occasion/date.
- An international candidate whose family has a valid visa that will soon expire and the family fears they cannot get back into the U.S. to attend a later ceremony.
- A candidate with a job overseas starting before ceremony date.
- A candidate with a parent with a terminal illness who wants to know their child has gotten the degree before he/she passes.
Please note that not all students who are allowed to participate in the ceremony by exception will be listed in the commencement program handed out to guests and must notify the Toulouse Graduate School (firstname.lastname@example.org) of their intent to participate.
Commencement Ceremony Details
Undergraduate and Graduate Ceremonies
The Spring Undergraduate College Commencement Ceremonies and the Doctoral and Master's Commencement includes:
- Conferral of degrees, 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).
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, many ceremonies 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 Spring 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.