Friday, December 17, 2021
Woman in commencement regalia holds the UTA mace.

Commencement ceremonies continues

Graduation candidates and their families and friends tuned in Thursday evening for the virtual Commencement video.

UT Arlington will confer degrees to more than 5,400 graduation candidates in Commencement ceremonies, which continue through Saturday, Dec. 18, at Globe Life Field. See the schedule.

The newest graduates will join about 250,000 UTA alumni.

Carnegie honors UTA again

UT Arlington again has been named to the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities—Very High Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the definitive list for the top doctoral research universities in the United States.

Closed for Winter Break

Holiday schedule

UTA is closed for Winter Break Friday, Dec. 24-Sunday, Jan. 2. Operations and classes resume Monday, Jan. 3.

Winter Holiday Closings

Who's open when?

Other Winter Break hours are online for the Maverick Activities Center, the UTA Bookstore, the UTA Libraries, and Dining Services.

Transportation during holidays

Shuttle bus and Late Night Escort services will be adjusted during winter break to respond to the reduced demand on campus.

Parking during winter break

During Winter Break, UTA is relaxing the parking rules. The usual "Parking on weekdays 5 p.m.-7 a.m." rules will apply all day throughout the break. This excludes "Reserved Until 7 p.m." and "Reserved At All Times" parking areas.

Donate cap and gown for future grads

Graduating students are encouraged to make plans to donate their cap and gown to the Maverick Pantry to help future graduates who may not be able to afford regalia gain the complete Commencement experience.

Caps and gowns can be dropped off 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 20-21, at the Maverick Pantry, 520 S. Center St.

You can also contact to make donation plans.

Police training on campus Friday

APD training Friday

The Arlington Police Department, in partnership with UTA Police, is conducting a training exercise until 5 p.m. today, Friday, Dec. 17, at the Gilstrap Athletic Center at Maverick Stadium. You may see several police vehicles and hear some loud noises. For concerns, please call Cpl. King at 817‑272‑2975 or Assistant Chief Tillerson at 817‑272‑3003.

Disabled veteran plates

Effective Jan. 1, 2022, anyone parking in a disabled parking space must have a license plate or a disabled parking placard that features the International Symbol of Access (ISA). Currently, disabled veteran license plates do not feature the ISA.

Take COVID-19 test before, after holidays

All Mavericks are encouraged to get tested before and after traveling or attending large gatherings over the winter holiday.

Symptom-free individuals seeking proactive testing or required testing can be tested in the Carlisle Suite of the University Center. Appointments are required. The testing site will be closed Friday, Dec. 24-Sunday, Jan. 2.

Individuals with symptoms should make an appointment at the testing site in the College Park District. The testing site will be closed Friday-Sunday, Dec. 24-26, and Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 1-2.

Regardless of vaccination status, all students and employees coming to campus in any capacity for the spring semester must provide proof of a viral COVID‑19 test by Friday, Feb. 4. Tests taken before Monday, Jan. 3, will not be accepted.

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Plan for spring semester now

Register for spring 2022 and customize a semester that will maximize your goal-getting time. Students who register early can take the classes that count toward their major and best fit their schedules.

Graduating this semester? Take the Undergraduate Exit Survey.

Undergrad Exit Survey

Students graduating in December 2021 should complete the Undergraduate Exit Survey, available through Canvas. Responses are confidential. Eligible students will receive invites from

First-Destination Survey

Graduating seniors are urged to complete the First-Destination Survey on Handshake for a chance to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards. This survey is separate from the UTA Exit Survey.

Important dates

  • Dec. 17-18—Commencement ceremonies.
  • Dec. 19—Registration ends for winter intersession.
  • Dec. 20—First day of classes and late registration for winter intersession.
  • Dec. 21—Census date for winter intersession.
  • Dec. 22—No classes.
  • Dec. 23-Jan. 2—Winter break; UTA closed.
  • Jan. 3—Classes resume for winter intersession.
  • Jan. 7—Last day to drop classes for winter intersession; submit requests to advisor prior to 4 p.m.
  • Jan. 13—Last day of classes for winter intersession.
  • Jan. 14—Final exams for winter intersession.
  • Jan. 17—Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday; UTA closed; no classes.
  • Jan. 17—Registration ends for spring semester, first five-week term, and first eight-week term.
  • Jan. 18—First day of classes for spring semester, first five-week term, and first eight-week term.
  • Jan. 18-19—Late registration for first five-week term and first eight-week
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