Postponement FAQs

Commencement

Why was Spring 2020 commencement postponed?

Due to the unprecedented global COVID-19 pandemic preventing large crowds to gather safely, and knowing that families needed to know how to handle travel arrangements, UNT announced on March 20 that Spring 2020 Commencement will would be postponed due to the COVID-19 health crisis. In addition, the 2020 UNT Grad Block Party was canceled. Providing our students and their families with an opportunity to celebrate the tremendous accomplishment of earning a degree is one of the most important things we do. We are monitoring the ever-changing situation but in light of the current unprecedented global events and knowing that families need to know how to handle travel arrangements, we decided to delay all Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies. In light of the most recent information regarding the increase of COVID-19 cases in Texas and the DFW Metroplex and the continued and increased spread of the virus, UNT’s Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies will be held online only.

Since commencement has been postponed, does that mean I won’t graduate until the ceremony takes place?

Commencement events are the congratulatory ceremonies hosted by university officials in which students are publicly and formally recognized. Graduation is the process of being awarded a degree after successfully completing credit hours and other degree requirements. Though the Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies were postponed, graduation was not. Students who completed their degree requirements in May graduated from UNT at that time and should have received their diplomas by mail.

Learn more about diplomas and the awarding of UNT degrees, or contact the Registrar at Registrar.Graduation@unt.edu if you have questions.

Has a new date been determined for Spring 2020 commencement?

Yes. In light of the most recent information regarding the increase of COVID-19 cases in Texas and the DFW area, and to help curtail the spread of the virus, UNT’s Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies will be held virtually in August. Though it was our original hope that it would be safe by now to gather together and celebrate your accomplishments in person on our beautiful campus, it is clear now that it is not. UNT’s standard commencement ceremonies draw tens of thousands of guests from across the country and internationally to sit side-by-side. Health officials advise this format is unsafe and irresponsible. With virtual (online-only) ceremonies, graduates and their families can reduce travel, end the wait, and tune in to the ceremonies from the comfort and safety of their own homes. This is the safest, most accessible option for our graduates and their families at this time.

Learn more about the virtual commencement schedule.

Were graduates asked for their input or preference for when and how the postponed ceremonies would be held?

University officials have received much feedback from graduates and their guests regarding the postponed ceremonies. In addition, all Spring and Summer 2020 graduates were asked to participate in a UNT experience survey in early June. The survey included questions about commencement options and participants were asked to choose which option they preferred. The results of the survey were integral to the decision to move forward with virtual (online-only) August ceremonies.

Since ceremonies will be held virtually, how will I get my diploma? Do I have to pick it up in person?

Commencement ceremonies are celebratory events and do not confirm graduation for participants. Once Spring 2020 grades were finalized and all degree requirements were confirmed, the Registrar awarded degrees. UNT does not present graduates with their diplomas at commencement ceremonies. After a degree or academic certificate is awarded, the university orders the ceremonial diploma on the student’s behalf regardless of the date of the associated commencement ceremony. All degrees and certificates were sent to the graduates’ mailing addresses as listed on their record. If you need to update your mailing address, please go to Update Your Personal Information.

Learn more about diplomas and the awarding of UNT degrees, or contact the Registrar at Registrar.Graduation@unt.edu if you have questions.

Regalia

Because the event is virtual, do I have to buy regalia?

No. As Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies will be conducted virtually, graduates will not participate in person, or be required to purchase regalia. Those who are interested in buying regalia for commemorative purposes are encouraged to reach out directly to Barnes & Noble at UNT by emailing sm8085@bncollege.com

Is there a way I can get my regalia now so that I can wear it to have graduation portraits taken?

Yes, if you pre-ordered TAMS, bachelors or masters regalia prior to March, we have your orders in the Barnes & Noble store that you can come pick up at the store, Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. If you didn't order your regalia prior to March you can come into the store to purchase what you need.

If you are a doctoral graduate who rented regalia and you preordered we have your order in the store. They are vailable to be picked up or shipped out as early as Aug. 3, with a return deadline date of Aug. of 24 to avoid additional charges. If you did not preorder your doctoral rental, Barnes & Noble at UNT has some available but not in the store at this time. They should be arriving from Jostens soon.

For answers to other questions, email SM8085@bncollege.com.