Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to common questions regarding the 2022 Spring Commencement. This page will be updated with additional FAQs between now and the ceremony. 
 

Q: What is the difference between a college, school or department convocation and the university-wide commencement ceremony?

A: Convocations and graduate recognition moments hosted by colleges, schools and departments provide an occasion for recognizing degree candidates individually. Forms of recognition vary depending upon the college, school or department. Please reach out to your respective college, school or unit to find out more about your event.

The university-wide commencement ceremony takes place following all of the convocations and is the culmination of Commencement weekend. Degree candidates from every college and school are eligible to participate. At this ceremony, students are recognized with others from their college or school as a group rather than individually. The ceremony takes place in the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium and includes a distinguished speaker, conferring of degrees by the president and the traditional lighting of the Tower in orange to honor graduates. The celebration concludes with a fireworks display.

Q: Why is the university-wide ceremony taking place in DKR-TMS instead of on the Main Mall?

A: After conversations with leadership, campus events staff and others, the university has determined that DKR-TMS will provide our students and their families and friends with the safest and best overall experience, just as it did last year.

Q: How many guests may a graduate invite to the university-wide ceremony? Are tickets required?

A: There is no limit to the number of guests a graduate may invite to the university-wide ceremony. All guests over 2 years old will require a ticket. Tickets will be free and available online in mid-May. Graduates will be notified once tickets are available. It is not recommended that graduates secure tickets for their guests as guests and graduates will enter the stadium separately. 

To expedite the ticket process, we suggest guests create a Texas Athletics ticket account in advance of the tickets becoming available. 

Guest seating in the stadium is first come-first served. Saving of seats is not allowed. 

Q: What time are guests allowed to enter the stadium? How long does the ceremony last?

A: The stadium doors will open to guests at 6:00 p.m. and the ceremony will start promptly at 7:30 p.m. The ceremony typically lasts between 90 minutes and two hours. 

Q: Where do graduates and guests park for the Commencement activities?

A: UT Austin has many options for parking around campus. Details and recommendations for parking for the various events will be available on the Parking page of the website as they are finalized. 

Q: May guests sit with their graduate in the stadium?

A: Graduates will be seated with their classmates in their college or school on the field. Guests may not sit in graduate seating. 

Q: My guest(s) require disability accommodations. Who do I contact?

A: For college and school programs, please contact the appropriate representative for the event. 

DKR-TMS is well-equipped to accommodate guests at the university-wide ceremony with a variety of requests. All restrooms have ADA-accessible stalls, and elevators are available throughout the stadium. Additional details around disability services, including parking and ADA shuttles, can be found here

Q: Will the ceremony be live-streamed for graduates and guests who can't attend?

A: Yes, the university-wide ceremony will be live-streamed via this website and will also air live on Longhorn Network. 

Q: Will concessions be available at the stadium during the university-wide ceremony?

A: Yes. Concession stands and team shops will be open. 

Q: How can I stay updated while on campus? 

A: The University of Texas at Austin offers a complimentary text system for Commencement 2022 updates. The system will provide guests with text messages regarding parking, traffic, and information about Commencement events that may be delayed or cancelled due to weather or an unexpected circumstance. Simply text UTGRAD22 to 888-777. You will receive a confirmation text verifying your enrollment. Please note, all numbers will be purged following Spring Commencement 2022 or by replying STOP to the text message.

 

College & School Convocations

Q: Do I need tickets to attend a convocation or other celebration?

A: Please check with your college, school or departmental to determine if tickets will be required for your program.

Q: Is there a limit on the number of guests a candidate can bring to these vents?

A: There are no limits on the number of guests a degree candidate may bring to any of the convocations except for those that require tickets for admission. However, seating is not guaranteed and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Q: Will there be a photographer taking pictures of candidates as they walk across the stage? How do I order copies of those photos?

A: The university has an exclusive arrangement with a photography service to provide professional photography services for all convocation ceremonies.  Photographers will take photos of all degree candidates as they cross the stage at all convocations. Graduates will receive information from the vendor in each location detailing the process for obtaining photos. Contact your representative for details.