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2021 Commencement FAQs

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Preparing for Commencement FAQs

Who is eligible to participate in May 2021 commencement?

All 2020 graduates are invited to register for their ceremony type.

Spring 2021 graduates who have applied for graduation can register for their ceremony type.

What if I applied for graduation after the March 1 deadline?

We ask for students to allow 7-10 days for processing and adding you to our system after applying for graduation within MyMav. Graduates will be notified once they have access to the Marching Order site.

Why do I need to RSVP?

In order to best plan for a memorable experience for both our graduates and guests you must express your intent to participate in an in-person or virtual ceremony, or not at this time, as soon as possible.

What if I can’t login to the Marching Order system with my email address?

All graduates accessing the Marching Order registration site must use their email. Once on the landing page you should see a section under "New Users”. Click the register button. On the next page you should be able to enter your UTA email address. If you received an error after submitting your email, please contact or complete this form to get access to the system with your personal email address.

What if I forgot my MyMav email or password?

Fill out this form to get access to the MarchingOrder system with your personal email address.

How do I order regalia and commemorative items?

Regalia and commemorative items can be ordered online through UTA Bookstore.

In-person Commencement Ceremonies FAQs

How does Governor Abbott's announcement on March 2 impact commencement?

As part of our ongoing commitment to safety, all in-person ceremonies will fully comply with all applicable local and state guidelines. Exact details about event protocols and precautions will be announced closer to the ceremony dates.

What is the commencement schedule?

A list of ceremonies by college can be found on our Schedule of Events page.

If your scheduled ceremony time does not work for you, graduates can request a ONE TIME change to their ceremony date and time by completing this form. The deadline to do so is April 15.

What if I am unable or prefer not to attend in-person events at this time?

We understand the challenges associated with in-person events and want all graduates and guests to feel comfortable. Graduates have the option to be included in the virtual commencement. Additionally, guests who are unable to attend in-person can view the live-stream of the ceremonies. If you want to participate in future commencements (August 2021 or later), please complete this form.

Where will in-person commencement be held?

In-person commencement ceremonies will be hosted May 13-16 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX. We are choosing to host this event at a large-scale facility to maximize distancing of guests and graduates.

What if I require ADA accommodations?

Graduates will be able to share their ADA needs in the registration form after the week of March 22.

Do guests need a ticket? How many guests can I bring?

Tickets are required for entry into Globe Life Field.

The week of April 26, each graduate will be able to select seats for their guests with a pod of 8 guests tickets and if desired a second pod of 2 guests tickets. We encourage you to plan ahead to know if you will need the second pod. Graduates entrance ticket will be issued separately the week of the ceremony from MarchingOrder. There is no cost associated with guest tickets and the reselling of tickets is strictly prohibited by the University.

Children under 36 inches tall do not need a ticket if they occupy a ticket holder’s lap.

What are the health and safety requirements for the commencement ceremonies?

As part of our ongoing commitment to safety, all in-person ceremonies will fully comply with all applicable local and state guidelines. Exact details about event protocols and precautions will be announced closer to the ceremony dates.

Where do I park?

Parking will be free for graduates and guests at Globe Life Field. Parking maps will be available closer to the ceremony dates.

How will candidates be recognized in the ceremony?

Candidates will have their names called as cross the stage and honored individually through many of the same commencement traditions with modification in the interest of health and safety.

More details will be available soon.

What if I am 2019 graduate who deferred walking in commencement until Spring of 2020, can I walk in commencement this May?

Yes. For more information, please contact

Will there be physical contact during the in-person ceremony?

We are working with Globe Life Field to make the commencement ceremonies as contactless as possible. We will be issuing e-tickets, socially distancing for graduates and guests, no hand shaking on stage, and no congregating in large crowds. More information about health and safety procedures will be released as we get closer to the ceremonies.

Can I request a letter to help my family get a visa to travel to the U.S. for my ceremony?

Yes. The Office of International Education is offering invitation letters for guests of international students who do not reside in the United States to help secure clearance for them to come to the U.S for the ceremony.

Is regalia required for the ceremony? How do I order regalia?

Yes, regalia is required for all graduates/candidates in attendance. Regalia should be ordered online through UTA Bookstore.

Can I postpone participation in the in-person ceremony until a future ceremony?

We understand the timing isn't ideal for everyone. If you want to participate in future commencements (August 2021 or later), please complete this form.

Guest Tickets FAQs

Where will my guests’ seats be located inside the stadium?

Graduates can select pod locations on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning April 28 at noon CST. For more information visit our Guest Ticket page.

Who needs a guest ticket?

All guests 36 inches or taller require a ticket. Graduating students will NOT need a guest ticket for the ceremony in which they are participating. Their graduate pass will be issued through Marching Order and printed, but NOT until the week of the ceremony.

Can I obtain guest tickets on April 28 if I haven’t responded inside Marching Order?

No. Access to guest tickets is limited to those who RSVP’d in Marching Order. Please contact Student Affairs if you have would like to update you status and access guest tickets.

What if my guest needs special seating accommodations?

For guests who need wheelchair accessible seating, Globe Life Field guest services will relocate the guest and one companion to the closest suitable location beginning one hour prior to the start of the ceremony. Graduates needing accommodations should indicate this inside Marching Order or by contacting your college coordinator.

What if I need more than 10 tickets?

Additional tickets may be available starting May 3 through Any sales of UTA commencement tickets are strictly prohibited.

Virtual Commencement FAQs

What is a virtual commencement ceremony?

A virtual commencement is an online celebration with traditional ceremony elements such as degree conferral through an on-demand website with auto generated name calling, videos from university officials, and graduate slides. This website will be a place you can share your accomplishments with family and friends to celebrate your individual accomplishment.  Each graduate will be able to customize their slide with a photo and provide name pronunciation information after March 22.

What if I register for the virtual ceremony but am no longer able to attend?

Graduates can access the virtual ceremony for several days after the site goes live, so you can view the virtual ceremony at your convenience.

Will my name be announced during the virtual commencement?

A graduate slide will be created for each graduate with their legal name, degree, major, and honors (if applicable).

The deadline for photo submissions is set for April 26, 2021.

I still have more questions, who should I contact?

For questions beyond what you see in the FAQs please contact