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Congratulations to all students eligible to participate in Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremonies on Friday, May 11, 2018, at 3 p.m. in the College Park Center. The University of Texas at Arlington has a lot of useful information for graduates and their families, we encourage you to visit the UTA Commencement Web-page

Students must have applied for graduation well in advance of graduation –after confirming eligibility with your academic advisor.  If you have questions about your graduation eligibility, please contact your undergraduate or graduate academic advisor.

Additionally, to ensure commencement goes smoothly for all CoLA graduates, please read below for important information specific to the College of Liberal Arts:


Tickets are required for all students – and for all guests attending the ceremony, including children over the age of two (no strollers allowed).  Please inform your guests that the main doors to College Park Center will open one hour prior to each ceremony. Tickets will be distributed via your MAV e-mail address beginning Aprill 11th at 10:00 a.m. You will be sent 3 separate offers to claim tickets.  
Ticket distribution will be as follows:

  • OFFER ONEApril 11-17 – You may claim your 1 graduate ticket (you must present this upon entry to the College Park Center), and 6 guaranteed guest tickets.
  • OFFER TWO: April 18-24 – There will be 4 additional guaranteed tickets available to claim.
  • OFFER THREE: April 25-May 1 – Any extra tickets will be based on remaining numbers – first-come, first-served.

Each ticket drop will begin at 10:00 a.m. and access will be gradual. 



The College will conduct commencement in alphabetical order by department. However, Ph.D. and Master Degree recipients will process before undergraduates. There will not be a rehearsal prior to the ceremonies.  Candidates must report to Gate 1 - the west doors of College Park Center (practice gyms) no later than 1:30 p.m. to attend the 3:00 ceremony. Candidates will be grouped in different holding areas by department. At the tables in each holding area, students will pick up a name card, placed in a pre-determined order and given instructions concerning the ceremony.  NO personal items may be left in the gym/waiting area or carried on stage – this includes cell phones, purses, cameras, etc.  We anticipate that the ceremony will last approximately 2 hours.



Regalia, including tassels and Honor Cords, must be purchased from the University Bookstore prior to the ceremony. You should have received information from the Bookstore about purchasing regalia, but if not, please contact them to place your order.  No one will be allowed to walk in the ceremony without proper regalia. Please note that the tassel color for The College of Liberal Arts is white. Ph.D. tassels are gold, regardless of college. 

Click HERE to determine if you are eligible for Latin Honors.


Spring 2018 Graduation Photo Gallery

Spring 2018 Masters Hooding Ceremony Photo Gallery

For more information, to include receipt of diploma, photography during the ceremony, and important information for your guests, please download CoLA’s SPRING 2018 COMMENCEMENT GUIDELINES.