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Frequently Asked Questions

If you are unable to find the answer to any of your questions, contact the Graduation Team.

Q: What is the difference between commencement and graduation?

A: Commencement refers to the ceremony, which is an opportunity for students to celebrate their academic accomplishments with their peers, family and friends. Participation in commencement does not guarantee or indicate degree completion.

Graduation is a four-step process consisting of applying for graduation, updating your diploma name and address in Orion, completing all academic requirements and settling all financial obligations.

Q: When will the dates and times of the Commencement Ceremonies be determined?

A: The dates and times of the Commencement Ceremonies are determined by the Office of the President.  Once the Office of the Registrar has been notified of the dates and times of the Commencement Ceremonies, the information will be posted on the Welcome Page.

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Q: How do I participate in the Commencement Ceremonies?

A: You may participate in the Commencement Ceremony if you submitted your graduation application, Commencement Ceremony Participation Intent Form (for summer graduation applicants only) and Commencement Ceremony RSVP by the applicable deadlines.  See the Academic Calendar.

If you wish to change any information previously submitted in your RSVP, you may re-submit your RSVP one time before the RSVP deadline.
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Q: What should I wear to the Commencement Ceremony?

A: Dress for the Commencement Ceremony is business casual. Graduation candidates who participate in the Commencement Ceremonies are required to wear the proper Graduation Regalia. You will be walking up and down steps as you cross the graduation stage, therefore, please choose your shoes carefully. Please leave all personal items, including purses, with guests as you will not be allowed to take anything with you to your seat.  The white collars that come with the ladies' graduation gowns are optional.
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Q: Where can I order graduation announcements?

A: You may contact Herff Jones to order graduation announcements.

Q: Where can I find out about a brick for Legacy Lane?


A: Please visit the UT Dallas Alumni website for information about placing your name on Legacy Lane.
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Q: Will there be a professional photographer at Commencement?

A: Yes. Flash Photography will take photographs at the Commencement Ceremony.  They will send each graduate proofs of his/her Commencement Ceremony pictures as well as ordering information.  You may contact them at 214-443-9393 or flash@airmail.net for more information.
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Q: Will there be a professional videographer at the Commencement Ceremonies?

A: Yes. DVDs may be purchased through HiEd. You may contact them at 972-437-3747 or sales@hied.com.
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Q: Where can I find information regarding graduation with Honors?

A: Undergraduates, please review Latin Honors information.  If you have additional questions, including questions regarding Major Honors, please contact your academic advisor.  Graduate students do not receive academic honors.
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Q: Where and when will I receive my Latin Honors medallion, Major Honors stole and/or Collegium V Pin?

A: Fall Graduation Applicants:

All honors regalia (Latin Honors medallions, Major Honors stoles and Collegium V Honors Pins) is distributed in the Activity Center Rotunda prior to your Fall Commencement Ceremony.  Please review more information regarding Walking Honors.  If you do not attend the Commencement Ceremony, you may contact your department regarding honors regalia once your degree is conferred.

Spring Graduation Applicants:

An Honors Convocation Ceremony is held every spring semester.  At the Convocation Ceremony, eligible students will receive their Latin Honors medallions, Major Honors stole and/or Collegium V Honors Pin.  If you are eligible for honors and are unable to attend the Convocation Ceremony, honors regalia is distributed in the Activity Center Racquetball prior to your ceremony.  Please review more information regarding Walking Honors.  If you do not attend the Convocation Ceremony or the Commencement Ceremony, please contact your department regarding honors regalia once your degree is conferred.

Summer Graduation Applicants:

An Honors Convocation Ceremony is held the spring semester prior to your summer graduation semester.  At the Convocation Ceremony, eligible students will receive their Latin Honors medallions, Major Honors stole and/or Collegium V Honors Pin.  If you are eligible for honors and are unable to attend the Convocation Ceremony, honors regalia is distributed in the Activity Center Racquetball Court #2 prior to your Commencement Ceremony.  Please review more information regarding Walking Honors.  If you do not attend the Convocation Ceremony or either Commencement Ceremony, please contact your department regarding honors regalia once your degree is conferred.
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Q: Who do I contact to arrange disability accommodations?

A: The Commencement Ceremony will be projected on a large screen behind the stage with captions for the hearing impaired.  Seating for guests with a disability is located on the main floor of the Activity Center.  If you need to make special accommodations for yourself, please contact the Office of Student AccessAbility.  For Commencement Ceremony ticket information, please see Ticket Information.
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Q: In which ceremony do I walk if I am a double degree or double major student?

A: If you are a double major, you must walk in the Commencement Ceremony for your primary major. If you are receiving a double degree, you need to chose under which degree you want to participate. If you complete your second degree in a later semester, you may participate in the Commencement Ceremony for the second degree, even if you previously participated in the Commencement Ceremony for your first degree.
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Q: Is there a rehearsal for the Commencement Ceremony?

A: There is not a rehearsal for the Commencement Ceremony.  Graduation candidates should arrive 30-45 minutes prior to the Commencement Ceremony and should enter at the rotunda on the east end of the Activity Center.  Upon arrival, line up according to the number printed in the corners of your Walking Card.  Please come already dressed in the proper Graduation Regalia.
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Q: I am a Bachelor's or Master's student and I have not met all the graduation requirements. May I still walk in the Commencement Ceremony?

A: All Bachelor's and Master's graduation candidates who submit a Graduation RSVP by the deadline (see the Academic Calendar) but do not complete their degree requirements may still participate in the Commencement Ceremony, because degrees have not yet been conferred.  Please note however, that if you participate in a Commencement Ceremony and do not meet graduation requirements at the end of the semester, you may not participate in a future ceremony for the same degree. 
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Q: How will my name appear in the Commencement Ceremony program?

A: Your name will appear in the Commencement Ceremony program exactly the way you entered it on your graduation application or in Orion when you applied online. Please make sure you change your name by the deadline on the Countdown to Commencement Flyer. 

If you currently have a full confidentiality restriction on your record, your name will not appear in the program.  To remove confidentiality from your records or to change your confidentiality restriction, you must submit a Request for Confidentiality of Directory Information Form no later than the RSVP deadline of the semester in which you have applied to graduate (see the Academic Calendar).  If you do not know whether you have a full confidentiality restriction on your record, please contact the Graduation Team. 
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Q: How long is each Commencement Ceremony?

A: Each Commencement Ceremony lasts approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.
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Q: How and when will I know if I have met all my graduation requirements?

A: Undergraduate Students:

Please contact your academic advisor if you have any concerns regarding your graduation status.  After the end of the Final Grading Period (see the Academic Calendar), candidates who have not met degree requirements will be notified via their UT Dallas email account that they must re-apply for graduation in a future semester.

Graduate Students:

Each department, together with the Office of the Graduate Dean, performs degree audits for graduate students.  Should you have any questions regarding your graduation status, please contact the department of your program.
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Updated: October 8, 2013