Graduation Information & FAQs
The Graduation Department will re-open March 4th, 2015 for Spring Graduates
- Apply to graduate and walk in the commencement ceremonies. These deadlines come early each semester, so please be sure to contact your college in order to verify the application deadline.
- Send out your invitations or announcements! This is a great, as well as rewarding, way to announce your success to your family and friends. Invitation orders usually ship in 7-10 business days.
- Order your cap & gown!
- March 4-6, 2015: Doctoral Regalia Sale (Save 20% off Custom Doctoral Purchases)
- March 27, 2015: Doctoral Regalia Purchase Deadline
- April 10, 2015: Doctoral Regalia Rental Deadline
- May 8, 2015: Masters' Regalia Guaranteed In Stock Deadline
- May 15, 2015: Bachelors' Regalia Guaranteed In Stock Deadline
- Book your portrait appointment. Our portrait studio books very quickly, so do not wait to schedule your appointment!
- Pick up your ceremony tickets.
- Most graduation ceremonies do not require tickets for guests. Please visit www.utexas.edu/commencement to find out if your ceremony does require guest tickets.
- During the spring semester, students who plan to attend the University-wide Commencement Ceremony must pick up a ticket. These tickets are typically available the week before graduation and are only required for students participating in the outdoor, University-wide fireworks festival. Tickets are not required for guests.
- Plan your graduation weekend & party. Austin is a busy city the weekend of graduation, so be sure to book your restaurants, hotels and other party needs well in advance. It’s a great idea to send your visiting family and friends tips for getting around Austin.
- www.utexas.edu/commencement has useful information about graduation weekend festivities, parking, services for guests with disabilities, and other detailed information for graduating students.
- Decorate your cap! It is a fun way to help your family spot you in the crowd!
- Update your address & contact information with the University. Make sure you receive your diploma and any other future correspondence at the correct location.
Skip ahead to ordering, if you're ready!
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.
- Place your order online through www.signaturea.com/UT - orders will ship in 7-10 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!
- 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.
- 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:
- On the outer envelope (where the address & stamp will be placed), address the recipient formally in the address block. For example: “Mr. & Mrs. David Smith”
- On the inner envelope (the keepsake envelope), address the recipient as you would in person. For example: “Uncle David & Aunt Sue”
- The gold foil seal should be used to close the inner envelope and the return address label should be placed on the outer envelope.
|As a bonus when you order your invitations from the Co-op, you will receive the much-loved Lifetime Longhorn Membership – a card that will give you a 10% off discount to the Co-op, for LIFE!|
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 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!
Students receiving their bachelors degree are required to wear a black cap and bachelors gown, a satin stole in the color of the their college, and a tassel in the color of their college. Find your color here. This is available for 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.
Students receiving their masters degree are required to wear a black cap and masters gown (which has different sleeves from a bachelors gown), a velveteen hood in the color of their degree, and a tassel in the color of their degree. Find your color here. This is available for purchase in the Graduation Department or can be ordered online. The deadline for order masters caps and gowns is typically two weeks prior to the actual graduation ceremony. Masters regalia is not available for renting for students.
Thank goodness you’re getting an advanced degree! You practically need one to weigh through the variety of doctoral regalia options. As a starting point, there are two basic styles available for graduating students.
UT's Official Doctoral Regalia:
Designed by the University in 2005, this rich sable-colored regalia can be worn only by doctoral graduates from the University of Texas at Austin. This gown is a Madison-style gown featuring two embroidered, gold towers on the front lapel. The hood has matching sable-colored velvet and is lined with rich Texas Orange and white satin. A sable-colored tam with a gold metallic tassel and two pins complete the ensemble.
Traditional Doctoral Regalia:
This option includes a black doctoral robe, a velvet hood, and either a velvet tam or mortarboard. With traditional regalia, the hood will denote your specific type of doctoral degree. For example, all PhDs will have dark blue velvet on their hoods, regardless of specialty. Traditional regalia may be worn by doctorates from any university. The hood will highlight what school you graduated from – the satin lining will be the colors of your alma mater. UT graduates will have Texas Orange and white satin lining in their hoods.
Graduating students may choose to purchase or rent either style of doctoral regalia, there are several options and variations. Check out our Doctoral Regalia Ordering Guide for more information on each option. You can also 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 for your needs.
- 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.