Graduation Checklist


Graduation Checklist

Apply to Graduate During Your Final Semester

Spring Application Deadline: April 4, 2022 - 5:00PM CDT

Students must apply and be approved to graduate during their final semester. All degree requirements must be completed and posted to students' official record at the time the graduation application is processed. Students concurrently enrolled at another institution will be required to provide verification of enrollment as part of the application.

If you've missed the application deadline, please contact your assigned academic advisor.

Option 1

I am currently enrolled at UT Austin and will complete all remaining degree requirements by the end of the current semester.

Congratulations, you are ready to complete your graduation application! Click here to apply.

Please allow 2 weeks for our office to process your application request. Application status may be reviewed at any time by logging into the Graduation Application

Option 2

I am NOT currently enrolled at UT Austin and will complete all remaining degree requirements at another institution or via University Extension by the end of the current semester. 

  1. Make sure all degree requirements are completed or in progress
  2. Clear any outstanding registration bars
  3. Email your assigned academic advisor to request an in-absentia registration form and discuss next steps for late graduation application
    1. If currently pursuing final course requirements outside of UT, attach enrollment documentation
  4. Complete and submit in-absentia registration form to your academic advisor
  5. Once advisor confirms in-absentia registration, additional steps will be shared.

Moody College of Communication hosts commencement ceremonies in December (virtual) and May (in-person) for all students graduating during the current academic year.

Students must follow the applicable steps outlined below to participate in Spring 2022 commencement:

  • Fall 2021 graduates: submit walker survey sent via email (be sure your email address on file with UT is up to date)

  • Spring 2022 graduates: submit online graduation application

  • Summer 2022 graduates: meet with assigned academic advisor to discuss eligibility and next steps

NOTE: Summer graduates may have no more than 12 hours of remaining coursework in order to be eligible for walker participation in the Spring commencement.

Click here for event specifics

Honors cords will be distributed to eligible students at the graduation ceremony check-in.

*Note - This is different from Honors Day designation, which is where the University designates outstanding students as College Scholars and Distinguished College Scholars. Graduating with honors, high honors, or highest honors is based on your in-residence GPA upon completing degree requirements (see details below):

Highest Honors:  3.9663 - 4.0
High Honors:  3.9191 - 3.9662
Honors:  3.8223 - 3.9190
**the cutoffs listed above pertain to students graduating in May 2021 through December 2021 and will be recalculated for students graduating May 2022 through December 2022 based on criterion outlined below

To qualify to graduate with University Honors 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 honors will be calculated and 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.

Eligible Master and Doctoral degree candidates interested in participating in the Moody graduation ceremony must follow directions outlined on the Graduate School website by no later than April 15, 2022.

  • Graduation application due by April 4, 2022 (11:59 pm Central Time)

  • UEX self-paced course final exams completed by May 6, 2022

  • The last day to claim credit by exam is May 15, 2022. Credit by exam claimed after this date will be written to Summer 2022

  • Transcripts from other institutions must be received by UT by May 20, 2022

Please allow 2 weeks for our office to process your request. Students may check their application status at any time by logging in to the Graduation Application

Academic regalia are the traditional dress for degree candidates participating in college, school and department graduation ceremonies, as well as the university-wide commencement ceremony.

Ordering and Purchasing Regalia

Academic regalia is available for purchase from the University Co-op. Information is available on the Graduation page of the University Co-op’s website or at the following Co-op location:

University Co-op
Graduation Department (main level)
2246 Guadalupe St.
Austin, TX 78705
800-255-1896 - Option 2

You may be eligible for a tuition rebate of up to $1,000 if, at graduation, 1) you earned your degree within four years, 2) you are (and have been) a Texas resident, 3) you attempted no more than three semester hours beyond the minimum number of hours required for the degree, and 4) you paid tuition* out-of-pocket. There are many stipulations to this rule, so check with your advisor about the requirements and regulations that govern this rebate. For more information about the rules and requirements, visit the Tuition Rebate page.

If you believe you qualify for this tuition rebate, please download the tuition rebate application, complete it, sign it (signature may be typed if submitting by email), and drop it off at the Student Advising Office (DMC 2.600), or email it using your official utexas email address to the Student Advising Office ( by the deadline, which is the official graduation date for the semester in which you will graduate. Processing of your tuition rebate application cannot begin until your degree has been conferred by the University and may take up to 2.5 months to complete.

*If you received tuition waivers or exemptions and did not pay tuition out-of-pocket, this will make you ineligible for the tuition rebate. Your academic advisor will not know whether you paid tuition or received waivers/exemptions. If you have questions regarding your tuition rebate eligibility related to tuition waivers or exemptions, you should contact the Tuition Billing Department/Student Accounts Receivable Office at (512) 475-7771.