On Saturday, May 22, the Graduate School will hold in-person Graduation Recognition Moments in Bass Concert Hall. These recognition moments consist of a guided path where graduates will enter the event space with their guests, cross the ceremony stage, take a professional graduation photo, and exit the venue. All Graduation Recognition Moments will be streamed live to allow the moment to be shared with extended family and friends. Your dedicated time will be announced at a later date.
Students who are eligible to attend have either graduated in Summer 2020 or Fall 2020, or have qualified for Spring 2021 graduation by meeting the application and submission deadlines. Summer and Fall 2020 graduates, and students who have submitted the online graduation application for Spring 2021 received a text or an email with a link to the online registration form in April. The Graduate School will also create a digital convocation program and video for download. This will be available in June.
Students from the McCombs master's programs, College of Education, Jackson School, School of Nursing, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, School of Information, and Moody College of Communication will participate in their respective Graduate Recognition Moments and not in the Graduate School's event. If you have questions, please contact your CSU contact.
These recognition moments consist of a guided path where graduates will enter the event space with their guests, cross the ceremony stage, take a professional graduation photo, and exit the venue. All Graduation Recognition Moments will be streamed live to allow the moment to be shared with extended family and friends. You will receive a link via email and that link will become live on May 22, 2021.
Due to safety protocols, students will be allowed to have 2 guests with them.
Click here for the preliminary schedule for May 22. These times frames can change based on the number of RSVPs.
The livestream link is https://youtu.be/xFN4goKbBI8. Please share with your friends and family.
All students who graduated in Summer and Fall 2020 and those who have applied to graduate in Spring 2021 received either a text message or an email from the Graduate School with an individualized link to the online registration form. If you fall into the eligible group and did not received a link, please contact Danielle Geraci Thoma.
The role of faculty will be to congratulate graduate students after they have crossed the stage and exit Bass Concert Hall onto the plaza. Faculty will be on the plaza, under a tent, to celebrate our graduates. The moments will be divided by College/School and the specific arrival time can be found here. All faculty in attendance will be required to wear regalia and a mask. Faculty can RSVP here.
At times international students may want to invite family from outside the U.S. and will need a letter stating when the event will be held. Click here to request a letter. Please note that this is not an invitation, just documentation of the date of commencement.
Q: Is there a chance the Moment of Recognition will be cancelled and “go-virtual” like last year?
A: All plans for Commencement are being guided by the COVID Investigating Committee and based on current public health guidelines, have been developed to celebrate the class of 2021 safely and responsibly. While Commencement plans for May 2021 are within the current health guidelines, they will be evaluated monthly by the COVID Investigating Committee and are subject to change based on changing conditions.
Q: Will I need to RSVP?
A: Yes. An email or text message was sent to all eligible graduate students that met the April 16 deadline to apply for graduation to RSVP for the Moment of Recognition. Note, that the University will be sending additional communication about ticketing for the Stadium ceremony.
Q: Do I need to wear a cap and gown? If so, where can I buy them?
A: You are required to wear a cap and gown. Should you wish to purchase or rent regalia, it can be purchased here.
Note, that face coverings (which must follow county guidance and cover your nose and mouth) are required for all attendees, and must be worn both indoor and outdoor on UT’s campus. They may be removed for the formal graduation portrait.
More details about the Graduate School's Moment of Recognition will be provided on this webpage in the coming weeks.
Q. What safety protocols will be in place?
- Social distancing will be maintained throughout the event. 6’ floor markers will line the entire route.
- Face coverings in accordance with University standards are required for all attendees, and must be worn both indoor and outdoor on UT’s campus. They may be removed for the formal stage crossing moment and photography. This policy will be strictly enforced on site.
- Check in and name announcements will be contactless with a scan process in place for each graduate.
- All staff who work the event and are not vaccinated will be tested prior to 22nd.
- Graduates who are not already vaccinated are strongly encouraged to take advantage of UT’s Proactive Community Testing Program in the days leading up to commencement.
- Guests who are not already vaccinated are strongly encouraged to take advantage of free testing through their primary care physician or a community clinic before arriving on campus.
Q: I am not attending in-person; how can I participate?
The Graduate School understands that a significant number of graduates will choose not to attend in Austin and wants to ensure this cohort is fully recognized. Remote graduates will be able to submit a photo and other content for a personalized slide (deadline May 17). Moments will be scheduled by college/school. At the end of the live broadcast remote graduate slides will be shown. As each graduate’s slide is shown, their name, degree(s), supervisor (doctoral only) will be announced, just like graduates who choose to attend in person.
Q: How do I know when my moment will take place?
A preliminary schedule (subject to change based on final RSVP counts) can be found here. The final schedule will be released the week of commencement.
Q: How many guests may attend with me?
Two (2) guests will be allowed to attend with each graduate. Children under 3-years will not be included in a graduate’s guest count. The final decision will be made based on safety with capacity and social distancing guidelines in mind.
Students who graduated August 2019, December 2019, or May 2020 are invited to attend the celebration for the Class of 2020 in September. More details can be found here.