Maverick Family & Guest Experience

Maverick Parents, Families, and Friends!

We welcome you and your family to The University of Texas at Arlington’s commencement ceremonies. During such unprecedented times we are facing, we could use some Maverick Family Pride to celebrate our student’s the Maverick Way!

Commencement marks a significant achievement for your student; they have 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. Our goal is to engage, involve, educate, and support the entire Maverick family. Which means not only are these ceremonies meant to congratulate and honor our new graduates, but it is also an event to be shared with those who have helped them along the way. We cannot wait to meet you and your family!

NOTE: Be sure to review all commencement details below. If you have questions or concerns, please check-in with your student first. Graduating seniors receive direct communication from commencement staff and their colleges. If there are further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at studentaffairs@uta.edu.

Globe Life Field Bag Policy

For guests, all bags and purses must be soft sided and not exceed 16” x 16” x 8”. Backpacks are prohibited, except for single-compartment drawstring bags that do not exceed the MLB bag-size requirements of 16” x 16” x 8”. Exceptions are for those that are carried for medical reasons or manufactured diaper bags that accompany infants and young children. All bags are subject to search before entering the ballpark.

Strollers are permitted.

Graduates should leave all bags at home, in the car, or with a family member before approaching the ballpark. Only a small wallet and a phone may be brought into the facility. Medically necessary bags are permitted.

Guest Seating

Tickets are required for entry into Globe Life Field for any adult guests and children over 36 inches tall. Graduates do not need a guest ticket.

Graduates will electronically receive their reserved guest tickets on December 8.

Guests Receiving Tickets

Starting December 8, guests receiving tickets from graduates will be sent an email that prompts them to accept the tickets. Once they accept the tickets, they will need to download the MLB Ballpark App on their phone and create an account using the email address that their tickets were sent to. From there they will be able to access their tickets for entry. Tickets will be scanned within the MLB Ballpark App upon entry. NO PRINTED TICKETS ACCEPTED.

Guests arriving together can use one email and account to access and enter Globe Life Field on the day of the UTA Commencement Ceremony.

Ceremony Schedule and Length

Review our official ceremony schedule to locate your graduate’s date and time for commencement. Ceremonies will be approximately 2.5 hours.

Parking

Globe Life Field Parking is free for all ticketed guests.

Live Streaming

For your guests who are unable to make it in person, live streaming will be available during the scheduled ceremony times through UTA’s commencement page.

Overnight Lodging

Out of town guests can utilize UTA’s discounted rates on hotels in the area.

ADA Accommodations

Globe Life Field is fully equipped for ADA needs.

Guests needing handicapped parking accommodations should ask parking attendants for directions to the appropriate parking location. For guests unable to walk long distances, parking shuttles and wheelchair escorts to seats will be available upon request. Please ask Globe Life Field staff upon arrival.

Guests requiring special accommodations should notify Globe Life Field staff upon arrival for further instructions and assistance.

For more specific questions contact Globe Life Field at 817-533-1972.

ASL Interpretation Provided

American Sign Language interpretation will be provided for the Commencement ceremonies. See Globe Life Field staff upon arrival for ASL dedicated seating sections.

Guest Attire

Guests are encouraged to dress comfortably and be prepared for walking long distances.

Guest Behavior

Guests are asked to maintain the dignity of this ceremony. We understand your enthusiasm; however, to ensure that everyone can hear the names of the degree candidates as they are presented on stage, guests must refrain from loud, disruptive cheering.

The use of any noise-making device is not allowed.

Prohibited Items

  • Advertising, selling or promoting any product (including, but not limited to, food and beverage items)
  • Alcohol or illegal drugs/substances
  • Animals (except service animals)
  • Banners or signs that are not in good taste, obstruct another guest’s view, or are not event-related. They may not contain commercial messages, logos or political endorsements and may not be hung from or affixed to ballpark structures. Signs on poles or sticks, or constructed of wood or metal material, are also not permitted
  • Clothing with offensive or profane language
  • Congregating inside and outside of Globe Life Field, or its surrounding areas (including parking lots)
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Fireworks
  • Food and drinks, with the exception of one sealed bottled water
  • Glitter, balloons or rice
  • Laser pointers
  • Littering
  • Noisemakers
  • Seat cushions
  • Smoking (including e-cigarettes, vapes or any other smoking device) inside the structure of Globe Life Field
  • Tripods, monopods and selfie-sticks
  • Umbrellas that are full size (compact umbrellas are permitted)
  • Use of drones or other unmanned and remote-controlled aircraft systems
  • Wagons
  • Weapons of any kind, even if properly permitted or registered

Please note that failure to follow these guidelines may result in ejection from the ballpark.

Personal Cameras

Personal cameras will be allowed during Commencement, but guests 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.

Thursday, December 16 at 7 p.m. CST

VIRTUAL CELEBRATIONS

Immediately after the virtual commencement, graduates are cordially invited to a Post Toast Graduation Celebration hosted by the UTA Parent & Family Center. Join us LIVE with your family and friends for an official toast to your success. You can anticipate a chance to go down memory lane with special UTA trivia, a Mocktail Demo with a special toast to graduates, a UTA Graduation Cap Toss and more. Participate with us LIVE and you will be entered into a drawing for the chance to win a $50.00 Prize Pack or Diploma Frame. We’ll see you December 16, 2021 immediately following the virtual commencement. Zoom link will be provided on this page as we get closer.

Virtual Celebration for all colleges