What is the difference between Graduation and Commencement?

Graduation is the official confirmation that you met all your degree requirements and that your degree has been conferred.

Commencement is the ceremony that celebrates your graduation. UT Dallas students who participate in commencement ceremonies are considered “candidates” for graduation.

Commencement Checklist:

1.   Important deadlines to remember:

Deadline to Apply for Graduation
Deadline to Update your Online Commencement RSVP:
Deadline to update the name that will appear on your diploma and in Commencement Publications:
Deadline to update your the address your diploma will be mailed to in Orion:
Spring 2014
January 22, 2014
March 26, 2014 
March 24, 2014
June 6, 2014
Fall 2014
September 3, 2014
October 1, 2014
September 29, 2014
January 16, 2015
Spring 2015

2. Summer applicants need to review the Summer 2014 Graduation website for information regarding Commencement.

3.  Review your Diploma Name in Orion, as the Commencement program and the name the Orator read when you cross the stage will be the Diploma Name shown therein.

4.   Find out more about your Approved Graduation Regalia.

5.   Order your graduation announcements from Herff Jones*.

6.  Tickets will not be available to claim electronically until 3-4 weeks before Commencement.

7.  Read the Commencement Ceremony Instructions for you and your guests.

8. Participating in Commencement with Latin and Major Honors:

A student with less than 45 U.T. Dallas graded credit hour in the semester prior to graduation may receive their Latin Honors medallion at Commencement if and only if they meet the following conditions:

  • You must be enrolled in enough hours to meet the 45 hours requirement in the semester they are choosing to walk at commencement (i.e. a student who will officially graduate in summer but choosing to walk in spring must be enrolled in enough hours to meet the 45 hours requirement at end of spring not summer).
  • You should not have initiated any drop/withdrawal procedures that would drop them below the 45 hour requirement.
  • You must have been passing all courses at the time of midterm grades.
  • You must meet these requirements by the incomplete deadline for the term you are planning to participate in Commencement.

9. Find out how and when you will receive your diploma.

10. Undergraduates - Make a lasting contribution to UT Dallas by completing the Undergraduate Graduation Exit Survey.

11. For any additional questions, please review the Frequently Asked Questions page.

12. Go back to the Undergraduate or Graduate Graduation Checklists and make sure you complete all the steps necessary to complete your degree.


*Herff Jones is the official vendor for the UT Dallas Commencement Ceremonies.



Updated: April 17, 2014