Graduate FAQs

Below are answers to common questions regarding the 2020 Commencement Reunion. This page will be updated with additional FAQs between now and the ceremony. 


Q: Who is included in the September 17, 2021 Commencement Reunion?

A. This university-wide ceremony will celebrate students who graduated in December 2019, May 2020, August 2020, and December 2020 (if graduate chose not to attend the May 2021 ceremony).  

Q: Are the individual colleges having graduation ceremonies too, or will there be just one big ceremony? 

A:   Colleges and schools have reached out to graduates who indicated they are attending the university-wide ceremony. Details about these events can be found here

Q: Will graduates walk the stage or have their names read at the September 17 university-wide event?

A: The university-wide ceremony does not include individual recognition of the graduates (walking the stage, announcing of names, etc.), rather it is the official conferring/announcement of all degrees awarded. 

Q: I'm a graduate and would like to request ADA accomodations. How can I do so?

A: Please reach out to Disability Services, part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. 



Q: Will everyone need a ticket for Commencement, including Graduates?

A. Graduates will need a ticket to ensure they are seated with their college or school. Graduates will not be admitted without a ticket. A seating map is available here. Guests do not need a ticket to attend. 

Q: How and when can I get tickets?

A: Graduate tickets may be picked up from the Bellmont Hall box office starting Monday, September 13. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Graduates must present a photo ID when picking up tickets. Friends or family are able to pick up a graduate’s ticket with a copy of their photo ID.

Q: Will I be admitted without a ticket if I'm in my cap and gown (regalia)?

A: No. Graduates will only be admitted if they have a graduate ticket. 

Q: When will graduates receive information regarding discounted tickets to UT vs. Rice on Saturday, September 18?

A: Graduates who RSVPed received this information at the end of August.  



Q: Do I need to wear a cap and gown? If so, where can I buy them?

A: A cap and gown, commonly referred to as "academic regalia," are traditionally worn during Commencement and may be purchased through the University Co-op. The Co-op also offers announcements and other graduation items.