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2023 Commencement Ceremony

Plan II Honors graduates will participate in the 2023 College of Liberal Arts Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 4, at 6PM at the new Moody Center. Tickets will be required.     Read more about the ceremony and venue below. 

Plan II Graduation Reception

Plan II will host its own Graduation Reception on Saturday, May 6, at 10AM in the Texas Union Ballroom. This is where Plan II-specific honors such as Plan II Distinguished Graduate, Model Thesis, and the Chad Oliver Teaching Award will be announced.


Students will need tickets for the Graduation Reception

April 17th - 21st for 1st round of tickets: 3 max to each student, includes grad

April 24th - 28th for 2nd round of tickets: 2 more, IF available, & on a first-come, first-served basis

May 1st - 5th for 3rd & final round: 2 more tickets IF we have any available

Tickets can be picked up in the Plan II office, RLP 2.102 M-F 8:15am-4:45pm. 

The student will need to bring their ID to sign the list for their tickets (no one is allowed to pick up tickets for someone else). 

They will also be able to edit their name for the printed program. 

All edits for the program are due by 5/1.

For any questions or concerns about ticket pick-up, email


Important Graduation Deadlines:  

January 26: Graduation Application and Walk List Sign-Up Opens  

Specific information here: 

Please complete the graduation application as soon as possible. If you have questions about the application or your eligibility, please email or meet with a Dean’s Office advisor in GEB 2.200.  

April 14: Deadline to Order Regalia  

You can find more information on the Co-op website, 

April 24: Deadline to Complete the Liberal Arts Graduation Application or Sign Walk List  

Graduates who do not meet with graduation application/walk list deadline will not be able to participate in any COLA Commencement Ceremony. 

College of Liberal Arts Graduation 

Thursday, May 4, 2023 – 6PM – Moody Center 

The College of Liberal Arts holds graduation ceremonies each May to honor the undergraduates and candidates of the entire academic year. May 2023 participants include December 2022 graduates and May 2023 and August 2023 potential graduates.  

Attendance at the commencement ceremony is optional, but if you are completing a degree you must complete the application to graduate. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q:  Do I need a ticket?  

A: Yes, tickets are required.  Click to learn more. 

Q:  How long will the ceremony be?  

A: The College anticipates the ceremony will last approximately three hours. Out of respect for all graduates, please plan to be present until the end of the ceremony.  

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

A: Academic regalia is required for all ceremony participants. Bachelor regalia may be purchased from the University Co-op. The tassel color for BA and BS graduates in the College of Liberal Arts is white. Bachelor's regalia should be ordered by April 14. Formal invitations to send to family and friends may also be purchased from the University Co-op. 


*2023 marks the first year the College will host its graduation ceremonies at the Moody Center.


The university has safety procedures in place for all commencement ceremonies and venues. Backpacks, tote bags, or any bags larger than 12 inches in any dimension will not be allowed into the venue. In addition, all other bags, including purses, camera cases, and diaper bags, may be searched by security officers before visitors are permitted to enter the venue. Walk-through metal detectors are now located at every arena entrance. In order to increase the efficiency of this process, guests should minimize the number of personal items they bring and remove any items that may trigger the alarm before walking through the detectors. If an alarm sounds, the guest will be subject to a secondary screening.  

We strongly urge all graduates and guests not to bring bags to any ceremony unless they are absolutely necessary. Those visitors bringing small bags should expect delays in order to enter the venue, and those with prohibited large bags will be turned away. Please plan accordingly. Do not bring any packages that cannot be opened or inspected. 

Graduates should not bring personal items such as purses or coats to the ceremony. There is no secure area in which to leave them. We recommend carrying cell phones and keys on wrist bands or in clothing with pockets. 


For the latest updates to campus parking, please visit the university Commencement Weekend Parking page


Accommodation requests for graduates or their guests should be made at least five business days prior to commencement activities. While every effort will be made, we may be unable to fulfill last-minute requests. Please address accommodation requests to 


The University coordinates professional photos of each graduation candidate as they walk across the stage to be congratulated during COLA ceremonies. Graduates and families have the option of purchasing photographs. There is no obligation to do so. Flash Photography provides free color proofs to each graduate. Proofs are mailed to the permanent address within two weeks of graduation. If you do not receive your proof, or if you wish to place your order by phone or email, please contact Flash Photography at 1-800-410-8070 or at

If you have any specific questions that have not been answered on this site, you can email  


2022 Commencement Ceremony 

Plan II hosted its 2022 Commencement celebration on the morning of Saturday, May 21st, from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. in the Texas Union Ballroom.

The Plan II Commencement Ceremony was recorded by Liberal Arts IT Services:

Access the recording here.