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Commencement Details

MPA Commencement Reception

At 10:30 a.m. MPA graduates will be honored at a reception in the McCombs Atrium on the third floor of the McCombs School of Business to which family and friends are invited. There will be a light buffet and it is a great way for visitors to get out of the heat before the ceremony.

MPA Commencement Ceremony

The Department of Accounting and the MPA Program Office congratulates you as you approach the end of your academic program at The University of Texas at Austin. This ceremony is for students graduating from the traditional MPA program and those graduating from our five-year program in accounting. Please share the information below with your family and friends! And please check back on this page as more information will be added as it becomes available.

Information regarding the BBA undergraduate ceremony can be found online. The BBA ceremony is planned through the BBA Program Office, which can be reached at 512-471-0690 or CBA 2.400.

Time and Place

The MPA Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday May 20, 2017 from 12:30 p.m. to approximately 2:30 p.m. at Gregory Gym, located at 21st and Speedway. Prospective graduates should report to the check-in table located in the Annex Gym of Gregory Gym at 11:30 a.m. Please do not bring any valuables (i.e. cameras, purses, backpacks, etc.) with you. There is no secure place to leave these items during the ceremony.


Fall 2016, Spring 2017, and Summer 2017 MPA graduates will be expected to RSVP. Please RSVP even if you do not plan to attend; we need some additional information from you, such as how you would like your name to look in the program. If you do not RSVP and do not have your information restricted at UT, we will print your first, middle, and last names as listed at UT. Parents and friends do not need to RSVP.  There is plenty of room in the venue and so they do not need to worry about finding a seat.  

Further Information

MPA graduates will also be contacted via email, the MPA blog, Twitter and via notices in the MPA Program Office and mailroom. If you have any questions please contact Stacy Abrams at or 512-475-6897.

Academic Dress

Traditional academic regalia is required of all students participating in the MPA or any other University commencement exercises. The Masters Regalia Package (Cap, Gown, Tassel, Hood) costs $65.99 plus tax. MPA students earning both their BBA and MPA degrees concurrently only need to buy this one outfit, which they can wear to the BBA ceremony. May 7 is the last day to buy Master's Regalia. Regalia cannot be rented through the Co-Op.

Academic regalia, personalized invitations, and similar items are available for purchase in the UT Co-op Graduation Department in the basement. More information can be found online at the Graduation Department.

The tassel is the color “drab”. The tassel is worn on the right before the degree is conferred.

Please leave your hood in the bag until the day of graduation. Once you arrive at the Annex Gym of Gregory Gym, you'll be able to take the hood out of its bag and put it on as is. You won't need to adjust your hood in any way.


Parking for Commencement activities is free in designated areas on a first-come, first-served basis. On Friday, all university parking garages will be available in addition to campus lots marked “C” Parking. On Saturday, with the exception of spaces marked “At All Times,” all university parking garages as well as most surface lots are available.

Parking garages are located as follows: San Jacinto Garage (SJG), San Jacinto Boulevard and 24th Street; Brazos Garage (BRG), MLK Boulevard and Brazos Street; Manor Garage (MAG), Robert Dedman Drive and Clyde Littlefield Drive; Speedway Garage (SWG), Speedway and 27th Streets; Trinity Garage (TRG), Trinity Street and MLK Boulevard; and San Antonio Garage (SAG), San Antonio Street and 25th Street. Additional parking information is available online.

There will be a drop-off zone in front of Gregory Gym so that passengers can be dropped off for the reception or ceremony, then the driver can park in a garage and meet with them when he or she returns by foot.

Please check the UT Commencement website for a map of drop-off zones for passengers with disabilities.

Disability Services

Services for Graduates/Visitors with Disabilities

Special services are available to accommodate the needs of individuals with disabilities at all Commencement programs. If you require special accommodations, please contact or call the MPA Program Office at 512-471-6559 at least five days prior to arrival at the Commencement activities.

If you or your guests require a sign-language interpreter at the MPA Commencement ceremony, please e-mail or call the MPA Program Office at 512-471-6559 as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made.

Please check the UT Commencement website for a map of drop-off zones for passengers with disabilities. There will not be a designated handicapped parking area.

The disabled and elderly may wish to stay at the MPA reception in McCombs prior to the ceremony so they can stay out of the heat. At 12:00 p.m. the doors to the gym will open and they can enter where students normally check in and sit on the chairs provided to take their turn to use the elevator. They will not have to climb the outdoor stairs like the other guests.

If mobility is an issue, guests may want to consider renting a wheelchair for the ceremony, reception, and getting around campus.



A professional photographer will take your picture as you walk across the stage, and the photography company will contact you by mail at your permanent address after the ceremony. They will provide proofs and information about the ordering of pictures. Please make sure that your address is correct on the Address Change section of UTDirect. When you RSVP to attend the ceremony, you will be asked if it is not OK for us to give your personal information to the photographer (though this means that you will not receive photos).

Ceremony Video

The ceremony will be recorded and available to view and download a few weeks after the ceremony.


To assist with making your visit to campus safe and enjoyable, please note that the following safety procedures are in place:

  • Backpacks, tote bags or any bag larger than 12 inches in any dimension will not be allowed into any of the Commencement venues.
  • All bags are subject to search by security personnel, including purses, camera cases and diaper bags.
  • Those with larger prohibited bags will be turned away. Do not bring any packages that cannot be opened or inspected.

Large bags and purses should be kept in vehicles, in the trunk, so that they are not visible to passersby.

You can find more information on UT's safety procedures online.


Area Accommodations

Guests requesting information on hotel and motel availability should contact the Austin Visitor Center at 800-926-ACVB or You can also find information on their website here:

Please note that Commencement weekend often coincides with Memorial Day weekend. It is suggested that you reserve your hotel room as soon as possible before they fill up!

Letters for Families of International Students

Graduates, if your families need a letter from the MPA Program Office for Visa purposes, please stop by the MPA Program Office to fill out a “Release of Information” form. Once your advisor has the form he or she can write the letter on your family's behalf.

Air Horns

It is requested that family members refrain from excitedly sounding an air horn/siren when their graduating student walks across the stage. It affects the following student, whose name will not be heard over the sound of the horn. It will also distort the audio on the video recording.



Diplomas are mailed about six weeks after the student's graduation, so please make sure to keep your information with UT current. You can update your contact information on the Address Change section of UTDirect. MPA students graduating with both BBA and MPA degrees will receive them in the mail separately.

For more information regarding diplomas, you can contact or 512 475-7619.

General Property Deposit Form

When you enrolled at UT, you were required to make a $10.00 General Deposit. The University holds this deposit for 60 days past your graduation. After 60 days you may request a refund from Student Accounts Receivable. Directions are on the linked document.