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Spring 2020 Commencement FAQs

Will May graduates have commencement ceremonies?

Commencement ceremonies scheduled for May 2020 are postponed. A new date has not been determined yet, but the university is considering several date options in the late summer and fall semester. We will announce details as soon as health conditions and guidelines allow us more certainty, so keep a lookout in your email and mailbox. This information will be sent to eligible 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.

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 annual spring commencement 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.

What is the "Cheers! To the Class of 2020" event on May 17?

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. 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.

How can I be included in the "Cheers! To the Class of 2020" 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.

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 announced postponed dates and locations 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.

Are the summer commencement ceremonies still happening?

Governor Abbott has postponed all indoor graduation/commencement ceremonies for the State of Texas. We continue to closely monitor guidance and the COVID-19 situation. We will announce any updates/changes Spring 2020 postponement and Summer as soon as we are able.

Where was my graduation package mailed?

Graduation packages were shipped to the permanent address listed in MyMav. This address will also be used to mail your diploma.

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. 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.

How do I enter the cap decorating contest?

The cap decorating contest guidelines and instructions can be found here.

Will there be any delay to graduation and diplomas with the move to online instruction and extended spring break?

No, there will be no delay to graduation. The semester will end on May 15, 2020, as planned. 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.

Are there extensions to the thesis and dissertation defense and submission deadlines?

Yes, master’s and doctoral students have an extension to complete their thesis and dissertation requirements:

  1. All thesis and dissertation proposal and final defenses may be conducted remotely without obtaining approval from the Graduate School.
  2. The deadlines to defend theses or dissertations have been relaxed. The only deadline that must be met is that all documents and materials required for graduation (defense report showing unconditional pass, thesis or dissertation manuscript accepted by the library) must be submitted by June 5.
  3. If a defense scheduled for this Spring is canceled due to COVID 19-related problems we will allow students to defend and graduate in Summer without further enrollment. The supervising professor or graduate advisor should contact the Graduate School and briefly explain the problem. This only applies to students who have actually scheduled their defense this Spring and have been forced to cancel. The Graduate School will review and help make arrangements to defend and graduate in Summer. International students with F-1 or J-1 status should contact an International Education Advisor at international@uta.edu for details as immigration policy requires F-1 and J-1 students to be enrolled in the semester in which they complete their studies.

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