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2016 Spring Commencement Information

All spring undergraduate degree candidates must meet their degree requirements and apply to graduate by
May 6. Participation in the College of Liberal Arts commencement ceremony does not constitute graduation from The University of Texas at Austin.

Currently enrolled students can apply to graduate starting February 4, 2016. To apply to graduate, go to the Graduation Section of our website and click on "Application." Complete Liberal Arts commencement information will be emailed to each student.

Spring Commencement Ceremony Information

The College of Liberal Arts hosts nine commencement ceremonies. Students are encouraged to attend the ceremony applicable to their major. The Liberal Arts Joint Ceremony is intended for those majors not represented by a department ceremony. Students with more than one major may choose to attend multiple ceremonies or attend one ceremony and have all of their majors read. All students are also invited to attend the university-wide ceremony.

Questions regarding ceremonies should be directed to the department contact listed below. Most department commencement websites will not be updated until after spring break.

Friday, May 20, 2016

        Government, Gregory Gym, 8:30 a.m. | Jenna Bacorn, 512-232-7259
        *History, Hogg Auditorium, 10 a.m. | History Advising Office, 512-471-7670
        Liberal Arts Joint Ceremony, Erwin Center, 11:30 a.m. | Crystal McCallon, 512-232-2973
        Psychology, Gregory Gym, 3 p.m. | Gina Pollard, 512-471-5175
        English, Bass Concert Hall, 6 p.m. | Neal Ballard, 512-471-5736

Saturday, May 21, 2016

        Economics, Gregory Gym, 9 a.m. | Katie Foster, 512-475-8507
        *Plan II, Hogg Auditorium, 9 a.m. | Phillip Dubov, 512-471-2960 
        Center for Mexican American Studies, Student Activities Center Auditorium 1.402, 10 a.m. |        
        Natasha Saldana, 512-471-2134
        University-wide Ceremony, Main Mall, 8 p.m. |

*Guest tickets required at ceremonies specified with an asterisk

Ceremony Recognition

During the Liberal Arts joint ceremony and department ceremonies, students will walk across the stage and have their name and major read. At the university-wide ceremony, students graduate by college or school; individual names and majors are not read.


Academic regalia (cap and gown) are required for all ceremonies (except the ROTC Joint Commissioning), and may be purchased from the University Co-op. Tassels and stoles for all programs in the College of Liberal Arts are white. The deadline to order regalia is the May 13, 2016. 

Liberal Arts Joint Commencement Ceremony

The Liberal Arts Joint Ceremony will be held at the Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River Street, on Friday, May 20, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are not required for the ceremony. Guest seating will open at 10:30 a.m. Commencement lasts approximately two hours. 

Student Arrival

Enter the Erwin Center through the Red River Street entrance. Please arrive at the Lone Star Room in the Erwin Center at 10:30 a.m. to check in with a Liberal Arts staff member and obtain a name card (which will be read as you cross the stage).

During the Ceremony

Do not bring any valuables that you cannot carry with you at all times, as you will not be able to leave anything in the preparation room. A professional photographer will take your picture as you cross the stage. Information on ordering photographs will be included in the commencement program.

Air horns are not allowed in the Erwin Center. Ushers will check for and confiscate air horns.


Information regarding parking can be found on the Frank Erwin Center’s website and The University of Texas at Austin’s commencement website

Live Webcast

The College of Liberal Arts will be broadcasting its commencement ceremony live over the Internet on Friday, May 20, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. CST. Please return to this webpage for the broadcast, which will begin to air at 11 a.m. on the day of the ceremony. You can also view the ceremony stream here

Services For Students And Guests With Disabilities


Special services are available to accommodate the needs of degree candidates with disabilities who will be participating the commencement activities. Degree candidates who require accommodations due to a disability are asked to contact Crystal McCallon at 512-232-2973 at least five days before the ceremony.


Guests with mobility issues should enter the Frank Erwin Center through Red River Street entrance. Ushers will be at these doors to help them to the elevator and seating. One person can enter the Red River Street entrance with the guest with mobility issues. Cell phones will work in the Erwin Center, so the person parking the car will be able to contact their family/friends in the Erwin Center.

Guests with hearing impairments should contact Crystal McCallon at 512-232-2973 at least five days before the ceremony.

University-wide Commencement Ceremony

The university-wide commencement ceremony will be on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 8 p.m., on the Main Mall.

Students must have tickets for the university-wide ceremony. Seating for guests at the university-wide ceremony begins at 5 p.m. and is first-come, first-seated. Guests do not need tickets for this ceremony.

For more information on tickets, parking, and other ceremony details, please go to


If you have questions regarding commencement, please contact Crystal McCallon at 512-232-2973.