Student Advising Office

Graduation Information

Applying to Graduate

How to apply to graduate will vary depending on how you intend to complete your final degree requirements:

If you will take your remaining degree requirements here at UT, you need to apply to graduate online beginning the first class day of the semester in which you plan to graduate.

You must be registered for all of your remaining degree requirements before you may apply.

If you have any questions, please see your advisor. Be sure to remove any bars on your record before contacting your advisor.

click here to APPLY TO GRADUATE available August 27 - November 4

Please allow 2 weeks for our office to process your request. Graduating students can log on to the Graduation Application (above) at any time to check the status of their application.

Spring 2014 Commencement Ceremony

Meet Our Speaker


Ben Sargent is an Austin icon and a national treasure—an extraordinary political cartoonist. Nationally syndicated, his cartoons appear in newspapers and on websites all over the world. Locally, his cartoons appear in Sunday’s Austin American-Statesman and monthly in the Texas Observer feature called "Loon Star State." With a simple drawing and a few words, Ben can capsulize a complex issue and lampoon the powerful and the foolish. It’s a rare art form, and Ben’s the best. Winner of the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, and Pulitzer finalist in 2001 and 2002. Author of Texas Statehouse Blues (1980) and Big Brother Blues (1984), both published by Texas Monthly Press. Married to Diane Holloway, retired American-Statesman television critic, with a daughter, Elizabeth, a son, Sam, a granddaughter, Kylea Hudgins, and a grandson, Dax Hudgins.

Do I need a ticket?

Tickets are not required for participants or guests.

Alert: New Security Procedures

Because of heightened security concerns, additional safety procedures will be in place for all commencement ceremonies and all commencement venues. Backpacks, tote bags or any bags larger than 12 inches in any dimension will not be allowed into the Erwin Center. In addition, all other bags, including purses, camera cases and diaper bags will be searched by security officers before visitors are permitted to enter the Erwin Center. We strongly urge all graduates and attendees not to bring bags to any of the ceremonies unless they are absolutely necessary. Those visitors bringing the smaller bags should expect delays in order to enter the venue and those with the prohibited larger bags will be turned away. Please plan accordingly. Do not bring any packages that cannot be opened or inspected.

2014 University Wide Commencement

Visit UT Austin's commencement website for information about the university-wide Spring 2014 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 17.


Students should wear dressy/semi-formal attire underneath their regalia.

Academic Regalia is required for all degree candidates and consists of:
1. Cap
2. Gown
3. Crimson tassel
4. Crimson sash

A regalia package is available for purchase from the University Co-Op.
Please note that the appropriate tassel/sash color for the Moody College of Communication is Crimson.

If you borrow regalia, please make sure that you also have/or purchase the Crimson sash and tassel.

Only academic related additions to the regalia will be allowed (i.e. Honor Cords, Honor Society sashes, etc.)

Please do not bring any personal items such as purses, backpacks or coats as there is no secure area to store these items.

There is no dress code for guests. No tickets are required for student or guests.

Students wishing to participate in a graduation ceremony must apply by the stated deadline during the semester they are officially completing their degree requirements, i.e., fall degree candidates will participate during the December ceremony and spring degree candidates will participate in the May ceremony.

Students completing their degree requirements in the summer semester have the option of "walking the stage" during the spring semester preceding their official graduation or the fall semester following the summer session. While fall graduates may not attend the Moody College of Communication spring graduation ceremony, they may still attend the University-wide spring Commencement.

Download the Student Advising Office's Graduation FAQ brochure here.


Parking is available in UT parking garages and surface lots. BE ADVISED that there will be construction around the Erwin Center. Please see this notice.


Invitations may be purchased from the University Co-Op.


FLASH Photography will be photographing each graduate during the commencement ceremony. Complimentary proofs will be mailed to the graduates within one week of the ceremony. If you have any questions, please contact Flash Photography via their website. 


DEGREE CANDIDATES: Please contact the Student Advising Office, 475-9166, if you need accommodations.

GUESTS: The Erwin Center is equipped for persons with mobility concerns. Persons needing assistance should enter through the Red River entrance where they will find convenient access to elevators and arrangements for wheelchair seating.


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Diplomas will be mailed out after graduation. It may take 6-8 weeks for students to receive their diploma at their permanent address.

If you have any questions about graduation, please call the Student Advising Office at (512) 471-1553.

By choosing to attend this event you acknowledge that your photograph may be taken and used for Moody College of Communication/University-related purposes, including publicity and promotion.

Tuition Rebate

You may be eligible for a tuition rebate of up to $1,000 if, at graduation, you have attempted no more than three semester hours beyond the minimum number of hours required for the degree. There are many stipulations to this rule, so check with your advisor about the requirements and regulations that govern this rebate.

If you believe you qualify for this tuition rebate, download the tuition rebate application form (you may also pick one up in BMC 2.600), complete it, and submit it to the Student Advising Office by the deadline, which is the official graduation date for the semester in which you will graduate.

Graduating with Honors

Highest Honors: 3.8968 - 4
High Honors:  3.8092 - 3.8967
Honors:  3.6467 - 3.8091
(Pertains to students graduating in May, August, and December 2014 - final GPA ranges posted on May 21, 2014)

To qualify for honors you must have completed at least 60 hours at The University of Texas at Austin and be in the top 20 percent of your Moody Communication graduating class.

Official University Honors will be posted to the transcript and diploma upon certification of all degree candidates.

The GPA required to graduate with University Honors is recomputed each May based on the top 20% of the May graduation class in the College following regulations listed in the Undergraduate Catalog. This same GPA applies to the following August and December graduation classes. The required minimum GPA may be higher than that listed in the catalog. For further information, please contact your academic advisor or consult the Graduation with University Honors section of the General Information Catalog.

2013 Honors Ranges

Highest Honors: 3.8705 - 4
High Honors:  3.7817 - 3.8704
Honors:  3.6555 - 3.7816
(Pertains to students graduating in May, August, and December 2013)