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Graduates Participating in Commencement

Special Roles

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. 
  • banner carrier - leading the students in their major into the arena holding their major's banner

Interested students should complete the Student Role Application  and submit it by 11pm on Friday, April 10th.

Spring BBA Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 22, 2015, 8:00 a.m.
Frank Erwin Center

The deadline to RSVP to walk in the Spring BBA ceremony is 11 p.m. Friday, April 17th. 

BBA students who wish to participate in the BBA Commencement Ceremony need to confirm participation on the Graduation Manager website.

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 Red River entrance of the Erwin Center at 7:00 a.m. and report to the Lone Star Room. Ushers will be available to direct you. 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 in the Lone Star Room.

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.


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. UT Grads Longhorn

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.


Flash Photography 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).

Special Roles

Interested in having a special role in your commencement? Graduates can apply to be the student speaker or to sing "The Eyes of Texas" at the conclusion of the ceremony. Interested students should complete the Special Role Application and submit it by 11 p.m. on Wednesday, November 5.