Maverick Family & Guest Experience

Welcome Maverick Parents, Families, and Friends!

Commencement marks a significant achievement for your student; they’ve worked hard to obtain their degrees and achieve their goals. There is no question that the support, motivation, and inspiration provided by their family and friends guided them along this journey to degree completion.

Here at UTA, our goal is to engage, involve, educate, and support the entire Maverick family. These ceremonies are meant to not only congratulate and honor our new graduates but also honor those who have helped them along the way.

Clear Bag Policy

A clear bag policy is in full effect for all events at College Park Center. Only 12" x 12" x 6" clear bags, 4.5" x 8.5" clutch purses/wallets or one-gallon clear Ziploc bag will be allowed into the venue. Diaper and medical bags are allowed. Bags are subject to inspection before entry.


Parking is free for ticketed UTA Commencement guests in the following on-campus lots:

  • Park North
  • Park Central
  • Park South
  • Lot 47
  • Lot 49
  • Lot 52
  • Lot LCS
  • Lot F10
  • Maverick Parking Garage

To locate these lots, please view UTA’s Campus Map.

Guest Seating

Tickets are required for entry into College Park Center for any guests over the age of two. Tickets must be claimed by the graduate and printed in advance. No tickets will be available at the venue, and no UTA ID’s will be accepted in place of a ticket for admittance.

Please visit our Guest Tickets page for details on the ticketing process.

Special Accommodations

ADA Accommodations

College Park Center is fully equipped for ADA needs. Guests who need handicap parking should ask parking attendants for directions to the appropriate area of the arena. Parking shuttles and wheelchair escorts are available upon request at arrival for guests unable to walk long distances.

American Sign Language interpretation will be provided for all Commencement ceremonies

Behavior and Prohibited Items

College Park Center and its partners are committed to creating a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable sports and entertainment experience. UTA reserves the unrestricted right to revoke any ticket license for violating any University policy, including (list is not exclusive) entering prohibited items, throwing objects, offensive language, or disruptive behavior. In conjunction with College Park Center and for the safety of our guests and employees, the following are prohibited:

  • Outside food, beverage and alcohol
  • Helium balloons
  • Glass containers
  • Parcels or packages
  • Artificial noisemakers
  • Large signs
  • Tripods/monopods
  • Any animal other than a service animal
  • Weapons of any kind (knives, firearms, tazers, etc.)
  • Glitter/confetti/streamers
  • Laser pointers
  • Use of tobacco products of any kind & e-cigs inside or outside the College Park Center. The University of Texas at Arlington is a tobacco-free campus.

Personal Cameras

Personal cameras will be allowed during Commencement, but guests are asked to remain in their designated seat to take photos and video, and will not be allowed on the floor where the degree candidates are seated.

Commencement Pictures

The university provides an official photographer to photograph each degree candidate. Flash Photography will photograph every graduate. Proofs will be emailed directly to graduates the week after.