University-Wide Ceremony Schedule

Friday, September 17, 2021

A long-awaited moment, graduates of the Class of 2020 from all disciplines come together at the Tower, along with their families and friends, for the crowning celebration of their academic achievement — the university-wide commencement ceremony.


6:30 p.m.

Commencement Seating Area Open
UT Tower (South Mall)

7:30 p.m.

Graduates to be Seated*  (View Graduate Seating Map)





8 p.m.





Commencement Ceremony
President Jay C. Hartzell, Presiding

Commencement Address
Dr. Brené Brown

Presentation of Graduates
Provost Wood, College & School Deans

Ceremonial Recognition of Graduates
President Hartzell, Chairman Kevin P. Eltife

Tower Lighting and Fireworks Finale

9:30 p.m.

Post-Commencement Concert
Gregory Gym Plaza


*Graduates must have a ticket to gain access to the graduate seating area.