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Graduation Checklist | AnnouncementsCaps & Gowns | Decorate Your Cap! | Doctoral Regalia | Invitation Etiquette | Commencement Schedule | Diploma Frames | Photo Studio | Yearbooks | FAQs

 

Graduation Checklist

UT's commencement page has useful information about graduation weekend festivities, parking, services for guests with disabilities, and other detailed information for graduating students.

  1. Apply to graduate & walk in the graduation ceremonies. Check with your college for deadlines.

  2. Send out your invitations or announcements!

  3. Order your cap & gown!

  4. Book your portrait appointment soon! Our studio fills up quickly!  Don't forget to take your Cactus Yearbook photo at the same time!

  5. Pick up your ceremony tickets if your ceremony requires it. Find out if you need tickets here.

  6. Plan your graduation weekend & party early! Things fill up fast!

  7. Decorate your cap! Find inspiration here!

  8. Update your address & contact info with the University so everything is sent to the right place.

 

Spring 2016 Commencement

View the Spring 2016 graduation ceremony schedule here!

 

Announcements

Let your family and friends know about your achievement!

Even if you don't want to attend commencement, it's a good idea to let your family know that you have finally joined the proud population of UT alumni!

We've partnered with Signature Announcements to create a high-quality collection of invitations, thank you notes, and accessories for UT Students. Choose from a variety of packages with several unique paper styles, all featuring our beloved Longhorn or the University of Texas seal.

You just spent four years achieving a great accomplishment. Show your friends and family how proud you are and how far you've come. Choose Signature Announcements quality to present your professional  image!

 

 

Platinum Tri-Panel Graduation Announcement

 

Elegant Graduation Announcement

 

Simple Graduation Announcement

  • Most popular
  • Most customizable:
    • Up to 70 characters per line (including spaces)
    • Field of Study graphic
    • 6 line special message can be added on the bottom inside flap
 
  • Similar to a greeting card
  • Up to 40 characters per line (including spaces)
  • Customization:
    • Special graphic on inside, left-hand side of the card.
    • 8 line special message can be added on inside left-hand side of the card (below special graphic)
 
  • A silver foil border
  • Up to 40 characters per line (including spaces)
  • No special graphics or messages are available for this style of announcement

   

 

Add Ons:

     
Return Address Labels   Envelope Seals   Tower Tissue Inserts   Thank You Notes

 

Personal linen notes can be printed to announce special graduation celebrations or ceremonies. They can also be ordered blank to write your own special message. This item is used as an insert into the announcement itself and does not come with envelopes. Each personal note card is printed with your school seal or logo!

Place your order online through www.signaturea.com/UT - orders will ship in 3 business days.

Tip: We recommend checking with your family before placing your order. Family members typically have a long list of friends to whom they want to send invitations or announcements!

 

Invitation and Announcement Etiquette

Invitations should be mailed out early enough to arrive at least 2 weeks before the graduation ceremony. We recommend, for those graduating students who have family and friends traveling from out of town, to mail out the invitations earlier if possible.

It's a great idea to send your visiting family and friends tips for getting around Austin.

Announcements are another great option for students who won’t be participating in their ceremony or who prefer not to have a big celebration in Austin. Announcements may be mailed out at any time and are frequently sent out later in the semester.

We’ll include directions for putting together your invitations with your order. Here are tips for addressing your invitations:

 

Sustainability

In 2010, we began selling eco-friendly bachelors & masters caps and gowns that are made out of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic water bottles. The new gowns are softer and cooler than our previous fabric gowns and made entirely in the USA. Each year, UT students keep 200,000 plastic water bottles out of the landfills with these gowns.

 

Keep the eco-friendly momentum by recycling your gown after graduation!

Drop off your gown at the Co-op after graduation, and we’ll send it back to our manufacturer, where it is broken down and recycled into other green products. As a bonus, we’ll give you a 20% coupon on your next purchase!

 

 

Caps & Gowns

Order online or drop by the Graduation Department to get your cap and gown!

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Bachelors and Masters Degree Regalia

 

Bachelors Regalia

Required for Bachelors Graduates:

Bachelors regalia is available to purchase in the Graduation Department or can be ordered online. The deadline for purchasing a bachelors cap and gown is typically one week prior to the actual graduation ceremony.

Bachelors regalia is not available for rent and must be ordered by May 13, 2016.  Visit the Co-op Graduation Department or order online today!

 

Masters Regalia

Required for Masters Graduates:

  • Black cap
  • Masters gown (which has different sleeves from a bachelors gown)
  • Velveteen hood and tassel in the color of your college. Find your color here!

Masters regalia is available to purchase in the Graduation Department or can be ordered online. The deadline for purchasing a masters cap and gown is typically two weeks prior to the actual graduation ceremony.

Masters regalia is not available for rent by students and must be ordered by May 6, 2016.  Visit the Co-op Graduation Department or order online today!

 

 

Doctoral Degree Regalia

The University's Official custom regalia is the official regalia for all doctoral degree candidates including degree candidates receiving professional degrees in Pharmacy (PharmD) and law (Doctor of Jurisprudence - JD).  It is the preferred outfit for doctoral candidates walking in commencement.

 

UT's Official Doctoral Regalia

UT's Official Doctoral Regalia ensemble:

  • Madison-style gown with two embroidered, gold towers on the front lapel
  • Matching velvet hood lined with Texas Orange and white satin
  • Matching velvet tam with gold metallic tassel and two pins

You can drop by the Co-op Graduation Department to see samples and receive a consultation from one of our graduation experts. We can help you choose the best option!

Doctoral regalia is available to rent or purchase. Regalia must be rented by April 8, 2016 or purchased by March 25, 2016

 

Traditional Faculty Doctoral Regalia

Doctoral Regalia ensemble:

  • Black doctoral robe with velvet tam or mortarboard
  • Velvet hood designating your degree (for example, all PhDs will have dark blue velvet on their hoods regardless of specialty).  The inside of the hood will be satin, highlighting your alma mater.
  • There are several options and variations to choose from. Traditional regalia may be worn by doctorates from any university.

Faculty may rent or purchase Traditional Style regalia. Regalia must be rented by April 8, 2016 or purchased by March 25, 2016

 

 

Don't forget to decorate your cap!

Are you planning on standing out at graduation?  Share your custom grad cap with us on Instagram for a chance to win a Co-op gift card! 

Share your photo on Instagram with #LonghornGrad by 5/17 (your profile must be public). 

  • 1st place gets a $150 Co-op gift card
  • 2nd place is a $100 gift card
  • 3rd place is a $50 gift card. 

Just looking for some inspiration?  Check out #LonghornGrad or @Universitycoop on Instagram to see amazing caps from all of our contests!

The University of Texas Cactus Yearbook Photos

 

Don't forget to take your yearbook photos for the Cactus Yearbook!  Drop by the Co-op Graduation Department to take your yearbook photo for free.

Now in its 127th year of publication, the Cactus Yearbook is the oldest publication at the University of Texas at Austin. It is an award-winning Texas Student Media production featuring the ultimate Texas experience.  This beautiful coffee table book documents favorite traditions, events on campus, and special memories from your final year on campus.  It's a great memento to remind you of your time on the beloved 40 acres.  Be sure to take your yearbook portraits so you can be included in the Cactus Yearbook.

 

Deadline for yearbook photo is March 25th.

Visit the Co-op Photo Studio on one of our walk-in days to take your yearbook photo for free.  We've got caps and gowns if you'd like to wear that for the photo!

 

Our most frequently asked questions

Help! I didn’t realize I had graduation deadlines and I haven’t ordered any of my supplies!

We’re always here for you! We will try our hardest to get you what you need in time for your ceremony. Order online or drop by the store to submit your order right away.

 

I’ve got my cap and gown from high school, can I wear that? How do I get the satin stole and tassel?

The bachelor’s gown is a traditional black gown, so your high school gown should be similar. You are welcome to purchase the stole and tassel separately on our website or drop by the store.

 

What do I need to know to order my graduation gear?

For your cap and gown, you only need to know your height. For invitations, you should know what degree you are receiving, you can look up your ceremony time & location on the www.utexas.edu/commencement website.

 

View more information in our FAQs section.