Graduate School Convocation

Eligibility 

Students who graduated in Summer and Fall 2022 and those who have applied to graduate and completed all their degree requirements for Spring 2023 are eligible to participate.

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.

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.  All guests need tickets, except for small children that can sit on laps. Graduates and faculty participating in the ceremony do not need tickets. All tickets are general admission. If additional tickets become available, any unclaimed tickets will be available just prior to the beginning of the ceremony at the ticket office located next to the entrance. Extra tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The ceremony will also be streamed online.   

Doctoral Graduates - Claim your tickets here. Please enter your EID in the "Promotions" box. All tickets will delivered digitally and can be transferred to your guests or another doctoral graduate for their use.

Master's Graduates - Bass Concert Hall is currently at capacity and can no longer accept requests for tickets. If additional tickets become available, any unclaimed tickets will be available just prior to the beginning of the ceremony at the ticket office located next to the entrance. Extra tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The ceremony will also be streamed online.   

Regalia 

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

The Ceremony 

The ceremony on Saturday, May 6, 2023, 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. 

Livestream Link 

Accessibility 

If your guests require wheelchair access or have other special needs, please see the Bass Concert Hall's accessibility webpage. If you need special accommodation during the ceremony, please contact Danielle Thoma. While every effort will be made, the University may be unable to fulfill last-minute requests.​ 

There will be live interpretation for Spanish language and American Sign Language. There will be a limited amount of headsets available for checkout for the Spanish language interpretation. Individuals who need access to the American Sign Language interpreters should contact Danielle Thoma.

Parking 

Free parking will be available in all university parking garages and on most surface lots. Click here to review road closures, drop-off locations and traffic flow around Bass Concert Hall.

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.