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2020 Commencement FAQs

Will 2020 graduates have commencement ceremonies?

Commencement ceremonies previously scheduled have been postponed. New dates have not been confirmed yet, but the university is considering date options in the fall semester prior to Thanksgiving with health and safety guidelines in mind. We will announce details as soon as health conditions and guidelines allow us more certainty, so keep a lookout in your email and mailbox for an update by October 1. This information will be sent to all spring and summer graduates and eligible fall graduate candidates in advance for planning by graduates and guests. Additionally, all updates will be posted to uta.edu/commencement.

What about my cap and gown, announcements and other related regalia?

All regalia may still be purchased through UTA Campus Store at the “early bird” pricing previously promoted after the postponed date is announced. Contact the UTA Campus Store for more information. For questions about UTA Official Maverick Rings or Graduation Announcements, please contact the Jostens representative at dawn.prejean@jostens.com.

August 3- 7 there is an online sale for rings, email dawn.prejean@jostens.com for an appointment and save.

If you have already ordered your cap and gown but choose to no longer take part in the postponed ceremony, graduation merchandise (Bachelor & Masters only) may be returned with a receipt for store credit as long as it is in original condition & packaging. Unfortunately, custom-printed items are non-refundable, but please contact the retailers above for specifics questions.

Can I still walk across the stage?

Yes, we understand the significance of this moment to walk across the stage and hear your named called. All candidates will be given this opportunity! The commencement ceremonies will be postponed for a later date in the future to ensure the health and safety of the community.

What if I have returned home and may not be able to participate in the postponed commencement?

The university is considering several date options, in addition to other ways to honor our graduates. Once plans are finalized, information will be shared and posted to uta.edu/commencement.

Will I be allowed to defer my participation in the ceremony to a later date? Are there restrictions regarding how long I can defer?

The university allows graduates to defer their participation to the next long semester if they are unable to participate in the ceremony when they finish their degree. Exceptions to this policy are considered by the dean of the student’s college/school on a case-by-case basis. Please contact your college or school’s commencement coordinator to ask for permission to defer beyond the normal guideline.

Will family and friends be able to attend the postponed ceremony?

Yes! The intent is to provide a similar celebration to the usual commencement ceremonies where friends and family can join in celebrating the graduates’ achievements.

Why was the decision made to postpone commencement?

The university is closely following public health updates as well as guidelines from the CDC officials. While we are disappointed not to host the planned celebration of graduates, the health and safety of the UTA community and its guests is the top priority.

Will there be a more formal virtual ceremony for those unable to attend rescheduled commencement ceremonies?

Yes, rescheduled ceremonies will include a virtual component. This will allow those who are unable to travel to UTA for rescheduled events to celebrate all the commencement ceremony traditions from a distance.

Why have many ISDs conducted ceremonies and not UTA?

The commencement ceremonies at UTA are much larger in scale and include large national and international participation of families and guests, which is an additional component in ensuring safety of our students, staff and visitors. UTA is diligently working with the current guidance from the governor’s office to plan the earliest ceremonies possible with alternate dates and locations.

Where was my graduation package mailed?

Graduation packages were shipped to the permanent address listed in MyMav for Spring 2020 Graduates. This address was also be used to mail your diploma. Summer Graduates should expect graduation packages around the previously scheduled ceremony date along with a virtual celebration while we await the postponed in-person ceremonies.

For Spring 2020 graduates, what if I did not get a package or it was damaged?

First, double-check the address inside MyMav. Please be patient as UTA worked vigorously to allow time for delivery, however the COVID 19 pandemic may add delays to the process. The packages were scheduled to arrive between May 14-16, but after May 20, please complete this form to double check the address, tracking information, and order replacement contents.

What if I already ordered my Cap and Gown?

The package included items that would assist in a celebration at home and allow for all students to participate in traditions remotely. The tassel and cap mailed to you does not have a cash value, however the UTA Bookstore will work with some previously purchased items that are unopened.

What if I did not receive the correct tassel?

If inventory is available, the bookstore will exchange the tassel you received for the correct tassel. Please contact the Bookstore for additional details, but if going to the Bookstore is not an option, please complete this form.

What if my name isn’t in the program?

For your name to appear in the Commencement program, your directory information must be unrestricted in MyMav. Additionally, candidates that apply after the Graduation Deadline for their semester will not be included in the printed program. A PDF of the program will be posted here. If you change your restrictions, it may be possible to add your name to the PDF version available at that link. Please complete this form to request a update to the online program.

Will there be any change to graduation and diplomas with the move to online instruction?

No, there will be no delay to graduation. The semester will end as planned according to the academic calendar. After grades are posted, students who successfully completed their degree plans will receive their diplomas by mail at the permanent address listed in MyMav. Please allow 6-8 weeks for the diplomas to arrive.

What is the UTA Cheers to 2020 Graduates event on August 23 at 7:30 p.m.?

This is a virtual webcast celebration event to celebrate the Spring 2020 graduates. Graduates will be honored as friends, family, and the entire UTA community from around the world celebrates virtually together through a brief program. The event will be streamed on the uta.edu/commencement webpage and include messages from across campus, unique performances, special memories and the integration of #ForeverMaverick. This is not a virtual ceremony with names being called or scrolling.

How can I be included in the UTA Cheers to 2020 Graduates event?

The virtual event will a celebration of all graduates and submissions of photos and videos from all students, family and friends are welcome, click here to upload. Also, please use hashtag #ForeverMaverick on social media.

If you have additional questions please email studentaffairs@uta.edu.