Graduates Participating in Commencement
Interested in having a special role in your commencement?
Graduates can apply to:
- Be the student speaker
- Sing "The Eyes of Texas" at the conclusion of the ceremony.
- Be a banner carrier
Interested students should complete and submit the Student Role Application by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 4th.
Fall McCombs Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, December 3, 2016, 3:30 p.m.
Bass Concert Hall
There is no reservation or ticketing process for guests attending the ceremony. There is also no limit on the number of guests graduates may bring to the ceremony. Doors will open one hour prior to the start of the ceremony. Only graduation candidates are allowed into the staging area and onto the floor during the ceremony.
Graduates should arrive at the loading dock of Bass Concert Hall which is just off of Trinity between 23rd and 24th street on the North West side of the building at 2:30 p.m. Ushers will be available to direct you to check in. You will line up with the other graduates from your major. You are not required to assemble in alphabetical order. Please note that graduation candidates should leave all personal items with their guests. Items such as bags, purses and coats cannot be carried onto the floor and cannot be left. The ceremony will be around 1.5 hours in length.
Students who wish to participate in the ceremony but will not graduate until the following semester need to RSVP for the ceremony on the Graduation Manager website.
IMPORTANT VENUE POLICIES:
Texas Performing Arts Personal Bag Policy -
Bags brought into the venue must not exceed 14”w x 12”h x 6”d.
Please return large bags to your vehicle.
Check your bag with Guest Services for a fee.
Bags can be claimed when you are exiting the building.
The following items may not be brought into the ceremony. In addition to items listed here, other items that may be deemed to present a potential hinderance or threat may also be prohibited.
(some items may be checked in at Guest Services for a fee)
Outside Food & Beverages
Tripods (Monopods are OK)
Large Bags or Backpacks
Large Signs (Signs smaller than 14” x 12”are OK)
*All guests must pass through the security checkpoint, including a bag check, prior to entering the building.
Accessible seating cannot be reserved for Commencements. Accessible seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Please see a house manager or an usher when you arrive and let them know you need accessible seating. Accessible seating is available on all levels. Accessible seating is reserved for guests needing accessible seats plus one companion only.
Strollers are not allowed inside the auditorium. Please see a house manager for designated parking area.
QUESTIONS or CONCERNS:
Please call (512) 471-2787
Traditional academic regalia (cap, gown, and tassel) is required of all students participating in University commencement exercises. Academic regalia, personalized invitations, and similar items are available for purchase at the University Co-op
Graduating with Honors
Official honors designations are calculated and added to transcripts after all grades are submitted at the end of the graduating semester. This process takes place after the graduation ceremony.
The top 20% of each graduating class is recognized as graduating with University Honors. Honors designations are determined by GPA cutoffs established by the University such that:
- The top 4% of a graduating class receives "Highest Honors."
- The top 10% of a graduating class receives "High Honors."
- The top 20% of a graduating class receives "Honors."
Honors are calculated for the spring graduating class each May. The spring criteria is used for the subsequent summer and fall graduations.
To be eligible to graduate with honors, an undergraduate must have completed at least sixty semester hours in residence at The University of Texas at Austin. Courses taken pass/fail are counted in the sixty-hour minimum, but only letter grades are used to determine the grade point average. Letter grades earned through credit-by-examination do not count toward the grade point average used to calculate honors.
of Dallas will be the official photographer. Your photo will be taken as you walk across the stage. After the ceremony, Flash Photography will contact you via email to provide proofs of your photos and information about ordering. Please make sure that the University has your correct address on file so the photographer can contact you. To update your address information, go to UT Direct
(you must have a UT EID).
Interested in having a special role in your commencement? Graduates can apply to be the student speaker, sing "The Eyes of Texas" at the conclusion of the ceremony, or carry their major's banner. Interested students should complete the Special Role Application and submit it by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 18.