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Faculty regalia are available through the UT Arlington Bookstore. When purchasing, please allow 8-10 weeks for regalia to arrive. When renting, please allow three to four weeks for regalia to arrive. Regalia rented after November 21 are not guaranteed to arrive in time for December commencement ceremonies. Rented regalia must be picked up at the Bookstore, and may be returned at the conclusion of the ceremony to the Bookstore attendant located just inside the West Entrance of the College Park Center.
Faculty interested in reserving guest tickets should contact their Dean's office.
All commencement ceremonies are held in the College Park Center.
Faculty members who are participating in commencement are asked to contact their Dean's office to confirm expected arrival time, although it is typically 30-45 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. It is recommended that personal items such as purses, bags or cell phones be left at home. Bags may be subject to inspection. For dates and times, see Schedule of Events.
In accordance with tradition, all participants in commencement ceremonies are expected to dress in full academic regalia with the exception of the keynote speaker. Appropriate business attire should be worn underneath the gowns. Graduates will be directed to line up in order of program and major, and will walk together in those groups, be seated, and receive their degrees according to those groups.
Special thanks to the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra, Tim Ishii, Director, for providing the music during all commencement ceremonies.
The academic procession begins when the graduates and platform party leave the lineup site, led by an appointee of the University called the marshal. From this point in time until the completion of the recession after the ceremony, the traditionally formal protocol of the occasion directs the proceedings and the respectful solemnity of all participants and guests is expected.
Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree candidates will be seated on the floor level of the College Park Center. Guests will be seated in arena seating. Faculty representing the School or College will be seated on stage with the platform party.
After introductions and keynote address, candidates will participate in the ceremonial presentation of degrees (hard copies of diplomas will be mailed 4-6 weeks following commencement). Doctoral degree candidates are called to the stage first and acknowledged individually, then master's degree candidates, then bachelor's degree candidates. A professional photographer will take two photos of each degree candidate as (s)he crosses the stage.
The academic recession, led by the marshal, concludes the formal program. After the graduates and platform party have completed the recession, guests will be guided to the reception area.
To request accommodations, please see Guests with Disabilities.