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Graduation Application and Walk List Sign Up Opens

We highly encourage graduates to complete the graduation application and RSVP form as soon as possible.  

Grads completeing their degree in May 2022 must complete Grad App.

Grads completing degree in Dec 2021 or Aug 2022 must sign walk list. 

Specific information here. 

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Deadline to Order Regalia

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Deadline to Complete Graduation Application or Sign Walk List

Graduates who do not meet with graduation application/walk list deadline will NOT be able to participate in the CoLA Moment of Recognition. 

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Deadline to submit Graduation Celebration RSVP

This form is automatically emailed to graduates who have an approved graduation application.  

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Deadline to Reserve 15-Minute Arrival Time

Graduates will be sent a link to the email address that they submitted on the RSVP form on Monday, May 9 to sign up for their arrival time within their major’s assigned time block.  

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If you are graduation with a HDO, Plan II, Psychology, and/or Economics degree your department is hosting their own celebration. Please scroll down to see specific details. 

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College of Liberal Arts Graduation Celebration at the Turtle Pond 

May 20th and 21st, see below for specific times

*If you are completing a degree in HDO, Plan II, Economics or Psychology, please see next section 

An in-person Graduation Celebration for the College of Liberal Arts graduates will consist of a guided path where graduates will enter the event space with their guests, cross the ceremony stage, take a professional graduation photo, and exit the venue. 

All Graduation Celebration will be streamed live to allow the moment to be shared with extended family and friends. 

All students who are eligible to graduate in Fall 2021, Spring 2022 and Summer 2022 are invited to attend the CoLA Graduation Celebration.  

Students will attend their Graduation Celebration based on their major and will be able to sign up for a 15-minute time slot within the assigned block of time. The schedule is as follows: 


Friday, May 20

1:00 - 3:00 pm Area and Culture Studies African and African Diaspora Studies, American Studies, Asian American Studies, European Studies, International Relations and Global Studies, Jewish Studies, Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Religions Studies, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Urban Studies, Race, Indigeneity, and Migration, Women's and Gender Studies
3:00 - 4:00 pm Foreign Language Asian Cultures and Languages, Asian Studies, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Latin American Studies
4:00 - 5:00 pm Sociology  
5:00 - 6:00 pm Anthropology, Linguistics  

Saturday, May 21

8:30 - 10:00 am History, Classics, Philosophy Classical Languages, Classical Studies, History, Philosophy
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Government  
12:30 - 2:30 pm Geography Environmental Science, Geography, Health and Society, Sustainability Studies
2:30 - 4:00 pm English and Humanities English, Humanities, Rhetoric and Writing


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 Frequently Asked Questions 

Q:  What do I need to do to participate in the CoLA Graduation Celebration? 

A: In order to participate, graduates need to complete three steps:  

1. Apply to Graduate (Deadline: May 6, midnight) or sign the walk list if you are a Fall 2021 or Summer 2022 graduate  

2. Complete RSVP form (Deadline: May 8, midnight) 

3. Sign up for 15-minute arrival window (Deadline: May 13, 5 pm - will be emailed to grads on May, 9) 

Q: Why a Graduation Celebration and not a traditional ceremony?

A: Yes, the Turtle Pond event does looks a little different from “traditional” ceremonies that may occur in the Erwin Center or Gregory Gym. While those emphasize long speeches and pomp and circumstance, their size and formality leave little room for personal celebration of each individual graduates. The Turtle Pond allows us to focus on the most important part of graduation: you, the graduate. You will still walk across a formal stage as your name is announced. Instead of your loved ones being across a large venue looking at a screen, however, they will be mere feet away taking photos and cheering you on. After crossing the stage and posing for formal portraits, our Deans and your faculty will be waiting to congratulate you and meet all of your loved ones. 

We celebrated both the Class of 2020 and 2021 at the Turtle Pond last year. The intimacy and individual attention were revered and appreciated by the graduates and families alike as they were able to celebrate closely together along with our staff, faculty, and leadership. We received nothing but glowing and positive feedback from everyone who attended. Based on that feedback from our graduates and families, the College intentionally decided to celebrate the Class of 2022 at the Turtle Pond. Your resiliency and achievement in the face of unrelenting challenges is awe-inspiring. Commencement is such a treasured time for the College because we get to celebrate you and your fellow graduates with all of your loved ones and this year - and format - is no different.  

Q: Is there a chance the Graduation Celebration will be cancelled and “go-virtual” ? 

A: As of now, there are no plans to cancel and/or go virtual. We are dedicated to celebrating the Class of 2022 in person as safe as possible.  

Q: Will I need to RSVP?  

A: Yes. Graduates with an approved graduation application will be emailed a RSVP link to complete.  

Note, the University will be sending additional communication about the University Wide celebration. Additional steps may follow.  

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

A: You are welcome (and encouraged) to wear a cap and gown. Should you wish to purchase regalia, it can be purchased here. Please note that in order to receive your regalia prior to the Commencement Weekend, orders must be placed by April 29. 

Q: How many guests can I bring with me to the Turtle Pond?

A: As of now, we have no restrictions on guests. However, we ask that you take into consideration that the venue is fairly small and this is an intimate event when deciding who to invite. 

The event will be live streamed for those who cannot make it to the Turtle Pond. 

Q: What if I'm a double major? 

A: If you are completing a degree in HDO, Plan II, Economics, or Psychology, please plan on attending their individual celebrations. If you are double majoring and one of your degrees is from the four departments listed above, you will only be attending the individual celebration. 

If you are completing degrees in majors other than the above four, please plan on attending your primary major's celebration. You can find your primary major by looking at the first major listed on your grade report. This will likely be the major that you entered UT with. 


More details about CoLA’s Graduation Celebration will be provided on this webpage in the coming weeks.  

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

HDO, Plan II, Economics and Psychology Majors 

Students who are graduating with: HDO, Plan II, Economics, and Psychology – your department is hosting their own ceremony. 

Please plan on attending these ceremonies not the Graduation Celebration.  


Date: Thursday, May 19 

Time: 2pm-3:30pm 

Location: William C. Powers Student Activity Center Auditorium 

Contact: Jessica Crawford 



Plan II  

Date: Saturday, May 21 

Time: 9 – 11 am  

Location: Texas Union  

Contact Information:



Date: Friday, May 20 

Time: 6 – 8 pm  

Location: Gregory Gymnasium  

Contact Information: Gina Pollard, 512-471-5175,  



Date: Saturday, May 21 

Time: 9 – 11 am  

Location: Gregory Gymnasium 

Contact Information: Denisse Sanchez,



In order to participate in the HDO, Plan II, Economics and Psychology celebrations you need to complete the graduation application/walk list and the RSVP. Your department may send additional steps to confirm your participation. 


University-Wide Commencement

May 21 at 7:30 p.m.  

All students who are eligible to graduate in Fall 2021, Spring 2022 and Summer 2022 are invited to attend the University-Wide Commencement. You will receive further information from the University about this ceremony when it becomes available. 

More details will be shared at a later date, please refer to the University Commencement website for more information and FAQ’s.