University-Wide Commencement Ceremony

The 140th University-Wide Commencement Ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium (DKR-TMS).

This ceremony is hosted by UT Austin President Jay Hartzell and brings together graduates from all 18 degree-granting colleges and schools at the university. A night steeped in UT Austin spirit and pride, the ceremony begins with a procession of graduates, faculty, and university leadership.

Remarks from student representatives, the Commencement speaker, and university leadership precede the official conferral of degrees by the president and recognition of graduates as a college or school by their dean. This is an opportunity for graduates to celebrate their accomplishments with their classmates.

The ceremony is expected to last approximately 90 minutes and concludes with a fireworks finale.

Note: The University’s 14,000 Degree Candidates are seated by college and school for the University-wide Commencement and recognized as a group by their dean. Students are recognized individually in their college and school convocations. 
History and Traditions

Learn about the history and traditions that make up Commencement at The University of Texas at Austin. 


Graduates are seated on the field at DKR-TMS, with fellow members of their college or school. 

Guests are seated in the stadium stands. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis; saving of seats is not allowed. 

DKR-TMS is ADA-accessible, with elevators, wheelchair-accessible seats, and ADA-accessible stalls in all bathrooms. Guests requesting accommodation should visit the Disability Services Page for Guests.


Tickets are required for graduates and guests attending the University-Wide Commencement Ceremony.

Graduates require a specific graduate ticket in order to participate in the procession and be seated on the field. Information regarding obtaining these tickets will be distributed at a later date. 

All guests over the age of two years will need a ticket to enter the stadium. Ticket information will be available later this spring.