Guest FAQs

Celebrating the accomplishments of our graduates safely is a priority for the institution.  Below is information for commonly asked questions related to guests. Note that all guest information will be shared with graduates via email. 


Q: What is the inclement weather policy?

As always, inclement weather could be an issue. Commencement activities will continue as long as it is safe to do so. Should any activities be postponed or rescheduled, this will be communicated via the text system and displayed prominently on the university homepage, Commencement website, and university social media accounts.

Q: How can I receive updates on Commencement as a guest?

Please sign up for text alerts around weather, schedule updates, and other announcements by texting UTGRAD20 to 888777.

Q: What COVID prevention policies are in place?

A: Masks are recommended but not required. We ask all guests to make decisions based on their own comfort and safety level. 

Q: Where can I park for the university-wide Commencement ceremony and individual?

A: Please visit the parking page to find more information on where parking will be available throughout the weekend.

Q: Are the individual colleges having graduation ceremonies too, or will it just be one big ceremony? And will they walk the stage?  

A: Traditional college and school ceremonies will not be held as part of Commencement Reunion. 

Many colleges and schools have planned events to celebrate their 2020 graduates. The full schedule can be found here

Q: A member of my party has mobility or other accommodation requests. Where can I find more information?

A: Please visit the Accessibility Information for Guests page for more information and appropriate contacts. A map detailing Accessibility Services can be found here

Guest Seating 

Q: When does seating open for guests?

A: All seating for the university-wide ceremony open at 6:30 p.m.

Q: Do guests need tickets to attend?

A: Guests do not need tickets. Guest seating is open and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Saving or holding seats is not permitted. 

Q: What happens if there aren't enough seats for guests?

A: Should the Main and South Mall reach capacity, Commencement staff will direct guests to alternate viewing locations, the majority of which are indoors and air conditioned. 

Q: How can guests watch the University-wide ceremony if they don't attend in-person?

A: The ceremony will be live-streamed on the Commencement website and also air on Longhorn Network. 



Q: What prohibited items do guests need to be aware of?

A: Please visit the Security page for restrictions on prohibited items and bag sizes.