Ordinarily, students at The University of Texas at Austin must be registered for the semester in which they graduate and must apply for graduation by the deadline published in the relevant academic calendar.
If a student completes all degree requirements but misses the deadline for acceptance of the thesis, report, recital, dissertation or treatise, he or she must register and pay tuition and fees the following semester or summer session in order to receive the degree.
An exception is made for students who apply to graduate in the summer session but miss the deadline for acceptance of the thesis, report, recital, dissertation or treatise. In this case, degree evaluators in the Graduate School will register students in absentia for the fall semester for the purpose of receiving the degree. The thesis, report, recital, dissertation or treatise must be accepted by the deadline for in absentia registration, which falls before the beginning of the following fall semester.
The student will be registered in absentia only once.