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

We can’t wait to meet you and your family!

NOTE: Be sure to review all family and guest Commencement details in this section. 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.

General Information

Please note that as we get closer to the ceremonies and we continue to monitor the global pandemic, our safety processes and protocols may need to change. We will update our website if changes are made.

CDC Regulations & University Policy

FACE COVERINGS OVER THE MOUTH AND NOSE WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL INDIVIDUALS OVER AGE FIVE.

We ask that you always maintain social distancing while in Globe Life Field.

NO BAG Policy

We want everyone to have a memorable experience at our commencement ceremonies in Globe Life Field. The foundation of that experience is providing a safe and secure venue. Globe Life Field has a no bag policy that helps us to ensure each person’s safety so positive, lasting memories can be created. For special events, we are following a No bag policy with the exception of a medical bag or diaper bag for guest accompanied by young children. A sealed bottle of water is still allowed.

Please be sure to leave all bags at home or in your car before approaching the stadium. They will turn guests away.

Guest Seating

Tickets are required for entry into Globe Life Field for any guests over 36 inches tall.

Starting April 28 at noon, each graduate will be able to select seats for their guests with a pod of 8 guest tickets and if desired a second pod of 2 guest tickets. We encourage graduates and their families to plan ahead to know if you will need the second pod. Graduates will be issued their entrance ticket separately the week of the ceremony. There is no cost associated with guest tickets and the reselling of tickets is strictly prohibited by the University. This process can only be handled by graduates.

View the seating map.

Guests Receiving Tickets

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 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.

Please note 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 two hours.

Parking & Special Accommodations

Venue Information & Directions

Parking
Stadium Parking is free for all ticketed guests. Graduate and guest parking located in lots B, C, R, and V.

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 handicap parking should ask parking attendants for directions to the appropriate area of the Stadium.

For guests unable to walk long distances parking shuttles and wheelchair escorts to seats will be available upon request at arrival.

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

For more 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.

Guest Attire, Behavior & Prohibited Items

In conjunction with Globe Life Field and for the safety of our guests and employees, the following are prohibited:

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

  • No food or drink permitted in the building except for a clear, sealed bottle of water for the individual
  • Clothing with offensive or profane language
  • Laser pointers
  • Noisemakers
  • Drones/use of drones
  • Wagons
  • Balloons, confetti, streamers
  • Weapons of any kind, including knives, even if properly permitted or registered
  • Any item deemed inappropriate for this event by Globe Life Field staff.

Photos, Videos, and Graduation Announcements

Some additional information you may find helpful regarding commencement ceremonies are:

Commencement Pictures

The university provides an official photographer to photograph each degree candidate who is presented. Flash Photography will photograph every graduate.

Proofs will be mailed the week after graduation.

Personal Cameras
Personal cameras will be allowed during Commencement but guests will not be allowed on the floor where the degree candidates are seated.

VIRTUAL CELEBRATIONS

Immediately after the virtual commencement, graduates are cordially invited to a Post Toast Graduation Celebration hosted by the UTA Parent & Family Center.

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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 May 16, 2021 immediately following the virtual commencement.