Graduate School Convocation

Eligibility 

Students who graduated in Summer and Fall 2021 and those who have applied to graduate and completed all their degree requirements for Spring 2022 will receive an email from the Graduate School in March with more details about the event. Only students from the colleges/schools below will receive an email invite. Graduate students from the remaining schools will be invited to their respective College or School’s commencement ceremony. Click here for a list of contacts. 

College/Schools participating in the Graduate School Convocation: 

  • College of Liberal Arts except Economics and Psychology

  • College of Natural Sciences 

  • College of Fine Arts except Master of Art in Design Program

  • McCombs School of Business (Doctoral only) 

  • Intercollegial Programs

Participation

Please register to participate by clicking this link. Please register by May 16, 2022. Please note this registration is only for student participating in the ceremony and faculty members who plan to sit on stage. Regalia is required.

Student Check-in 

On the day of the ceremony, students must check in at the lobby of McCullough Theatre, located on the northeast side of Bass Concert Hall. When you arrive, please have your regalia on. Do not bring hangers or any personal belongings with you. You will not return to where you checked in and there is no where to store it. Masks are recommended.

Master's Ceremony: Check-in at 8 a.m. If you arrive after 8:45 a.m.., you will be seated backstage.

Doctoral Ceremony: Check-in at 10 a.m. If you arrive after 11:15 a.m., you will be seated backstage.

**We only allow graduates to walk across the stage during the ceremony unless assistance is needed and you have an approved accommodation through the Office for Students with Disabilities.** 

Guests & Tickets

Tickets are required for all guests. Master's students will be allotted four (4) tickets and doctoral students will be allotted five (5) tickets. This is based on the number of participants and seats available. All guests need tickets, except for small children that can sit on laps. Graduates and faculty participating in the ceremony do not. All tickets are general admission. 

If you need additional tickets, you can ask another student to transfer tickets to you (master to master, doctoral to doctoral). Additionally, any leftover tickets will be available at the will call window when doors open for your specific ceremony. We have never had to turn anyone away, so do not stress about the ticket allocation amount.  

After securing tickets, you can forward the email you receive to download tickets to another person or you can log into your online account and transfer each ticket to a specific person's email or phone number. This will prompt the recipient to create an account with Texas Performing Arts and allow guests to accept the tickets. If you choose to transfer tickets via your account, it is suggested that the recipient logs in via a smart phone to download the tickets directly to their device.

If you have issues with obtaining tickets, please contact Texas Performing Arts.

REQUEST YOUR TICKETS HERE

The Ceremony 

The ceremony on Saturday, May 21, 2022, which takes place in Bass Concert Hall, lasts about two hours and will be streamed live. The master's ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. and the doctoral ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. The doctoral ceremony will include hooding of graduates and degree candidates.  

Parents and guests may enter Bass Concert Hall (Google Map) through the main entrance on 23rd Street, facing Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Doors open for guests of each ceremony approximately 45 minutes prior to the start. Masks are recommended.

Regalia 

Regalia is required to participate in convocation and can only be ordered through the University Co-op

Accessibility 

If you or your guests require wheelchair access or have other special needs, review Bass Concert Hall’s accessibility information

If you need a special accommodation during the Graduate School ceremony or University-wide ceremony, contact Danielle Geraci Thoma. Accommodation requests must be made five business days in advance of Commencement programs. While every effort will be made, the University may be unable to fulfill last-minute requests.​ 

Parking 

Free parking will be available in all  university parking garages as well as on most surface lots. 

Security Procedures 

To ensure your visit to campus is safe and enjoyable, the following safety procedures will be in place: 

  • Backpacks, totes or other bags larger than 12 inches in any dimension will not be allowed into any of the Commencement and/or Convocation venues. 

  • Bags are subject to search by security personnel. Please do not bring any packages that cannot be opened or inspected. 

Photographs 

Professional photographs will be taken during the ceremony. The photographer will email students proofs and order forms after the ceremony.