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Spring Undergraduate College Commencement Ceremonies

Each college holds undergraduate college commencement ceremonies in May for bachelor's degree graduates that feature traditional commencement elements.

At the Undergraduate College Commencement Ceremonies, degrees are conferred and all candidates are called by name, walk the stage, shake hands with college administration, and have their photo taken. Graduates wear their regalia at this event.

  • Who can participate: If you graduate in May, you can participate in your college’s Undergraduate College Commencement Ceremony.
    • To participate in a Spring Undergraduate College Commencement Ceremony, a candidate for May graduation must apply for graduation by the posted deadline, receive advisor approval on their graduation application, and RSVP that they plan to attend the ceremony. Learn more about applying for graduation.
    • Undergraduate students who are planning to complete degree requirements during the summer must receive advisor approval and apply for graduation by Feb. 15 to participate in their college’s spring commencement ceremony. These candidates also must RSVP to attend the ceremony. Learn more about applying for graduation and deadlines

Graduates can invite family and friends. Graduates and their guests are expected to remain for the duration of the ceremony.

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.

Spring Doctoral and Master’s Commencement Ceremonies with Doctoral/M.F.A. Hooding

The university holds separate ceremonies in May for master's and doctoral candidates that feature traditional commencement elements and recognizes their unique accomplishments. Master’s candidates process to the stage, have their name called, walk the stage and shake hands with university administration, and have their photo taken. Doctoral and M.F.A. candidates (recipients of terminal degrees) are hooded during this ceremony by their faculty mentor(s). Candidates wear their regalia. Degrees are conferred at this event.

  • Who can participate:
    • Spring Graduates: Doctoral and master's students earning degrees in May will be recognized in the spring Doctoral and Master's Commencement Ceremonies. To participate in the spring Doctoral and Master's Commencemen Ceremonies, 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 (graduation@unt.edu) of their intent to participate.
  • Who can attend: Graduates may invite family and friends. Graduates and their guests are expected to remain for the duration of the ceremony.

Learn about applying for graduation.