Graduation FAQs

Graduation FAQs

Eligibility and Registration

All undergraduates who complete their degree requirements in Fall will be invited to participate in the May graduation ceremony of the same academic year. For example, if you completed your degree in Fall 2023 you will be invited to participate in the May 2024 graduation ceremony.

Note: students who have already participated in a ceremony for their degree may not participate in a second ceremony. For example, if you participated in the Spring 2023 ceremony and intended to complete your degree in Summer 2023, but did not complete it until Fall 2023 or Spring 2024, you will not be allowed to walk again.

Those who have 12 or fewer hours of remaining coursework to complete during the Summer term are eligible for walker participation in the May graduation ceremony of the same academic year.

Students completing their degree requirements in Summer and who wish to participated in the Spring Graduation Ceremony are REQUIRED to meet with a Moody College Academic Advisor to discus eligibility. 

Note: students who have already participated in a ceremony for their degree may not participate in a second ceremony. For example, if you participated in the Spring 2023 ceremony and intended to complete your degree in Summer 2023, but did not complete it until Fall 2023 or Spring 2024, you will not be allowed to walk again.

Participating in the ceremony does not mean that a candidate has completed the requirements for graduation.
Graduating (receiving a diploma) and participating (walking across the stage) in the commencement ceremony are two distinctly different things. Graduates will be considered graduated when they have officially met all of the following:
  1. have applied to graduate
  2. have completed all degree requirements
  3. have cleared all holds
  4. have had their degree certified
Ultimately, the final awarding of degrees, honors, and mailing of the diplomas is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the appropriate requirements by each candidate and the Dean’s final certification.

Approved graduates will receive information via email on how to access MarchingOrder. MarchingOrder will be the graduate hub for tickets, information, name updates, communication, and noting your intent to participate. 

Please ensure you are receiving our emails by keeping your contact information updated


Yes! The ceremony can be viewed anywhere through our livestream. The link will become available on the Graduation Ceremony page the day of the event. 

Graduates are expected to stay for the entirety of the event. Disruptions will not be tolerated. 

Please email for support. Guests and family should navigate below the the Moody Center for information regarding accessibility to watch the ceremony.

There will be a special section for individuals who need an ASL interpreter during the event. Please email for further information. 

This event will take place rain or shine. Should this change, communication will be relayed to graduates through email, text, and social media. 

Doors open approximately one hour prior to the ceremony. 

The ceremony is anticipated to last from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. ct. 

With the order subject to change, the following mark stages of the graduation ceremony:

  • Opening with the procession of faculty
  • Remarks by the Moody College Dean
  • The calling of graduates by degree
  • Keynote speaker
  • Conclusion

No, there will not be a graduate rehearsal. 

Yes. Graduates will be given an opportunity to record their names as they are pronounced through MarchingOrder. Please see your email for further instructions. 


All Moody graduates are allocated up to eight (8) tickets. We ask that graduates only claim the number of tickets they need. If additional tickets are available then a re-release will be scheduled after the closure of the RSVP deadline, April 12th. 

All tickets are managed through MarchingOrder. Graduates are solely responsible for the distribution of their tickets to their guests. The Moody College Graduation team will not release tickets directly to family/guests. 

Graduates are not required to have a ticket and should not include themselves in the count. 

The solicitation of tickets is strictly prohibited. 

Yes. All guests (two years and older) will be required to present a ticket to enter the Moody Center. Ticket count per graduate is determined by the capacity and number of graduates. Students MUST claim tickets on behalf of their guests and share them via email or by printing them. Each ticket has a unique code, duplicate codes witll be rejected. 

The Moody College Graduation team is unable to provide tickets directly to family or guests. Tickets are associated with student UT EID's and MUST be claimed during the RSVP process. 

Ticket release will end when all tickets are claimed or no later than Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Tickets will not be distributed the day of the event. 

No, all tickets are free of charge. The solicitation of tickets is strictly prohibited and could result in disciplinary action towards the solicitor. 

No! Graduates should bring and provide a valid ID (e.g. a driver's license or a UT student ID)

TEXAS Global has instructions regarding documentation for visa applications. Note that the University does not provide letters of invitation. 

Yes! Tickets are shared from graduates to guests directly through MarchingOrder. Tickets may be printed or shown on a mobile device. 

Regalia, Photography, and Diplomas

Those participating in the Moody College Graduation ceremony are expected to wear academic regalia, which 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

Important information and deadlines for purchase and rental of regalia are available at 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

The University of Texas contracts with Flash Photography, to take photographs of each candidate during commencement. Graduates opt-in to sharing their information with Flash Photography when they RSVP for the ceremony. After the conclusion of the ceremony, Flash Photography connects directly with graduates for purchasing and proofs. Graduates are not required to purchase photos or share their information with Flash Photography. 

The University of Texas at Austin is not responsible for Flash Photography or it's affiliates. Issues with your photos or orders should be addressed directly with Flash Photography. 

No. Students receive a paper wishing them congratulations from Moody College, but diploma's are mailed directly to students after degree's have been certified. The graduation ceremony and being considered graduated are two separate processes. Physical copies of graduates diplomas are mailed to them 5-10 business days after certification occurs. 

The University of Texas at Austin is excited to now offer graduates from Fall 2023 and forward a digital and free version of their diploma! Intended graduates will receive an email from Paradigm on how to access their Certified Electronic Diploma (CeDiploma).  More information on this validation process and CeDiplomas can be found on the new UT CeDiploma webpage

Graduates can use the MyReorder system for diploma replacement orders. 

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

To qualify to graduate with University 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.

Honors represented at the Spring Graduation Ceremony are not final and subject to change with the final calculation of all grades. 

Spring 2023 Graduation Honors were as follows:

Highest Honors:  3.9873 - 4.000
High Honors:  3.9515 - 3.9872
Honors:  3.8986 - 3.9514

No. Moody College does not hand out diploma boards at the graduation ceremony. 

Please see more information through Texas One Stop on how to change your diploma name.

The Moody Center

For the health and safety of all guests, and to expedite the entry process, Moody Center requests that guests do not bring a bag to the arena.  

If necessary, guests are permitted to bring a bag that fits within the following specifications:  
A CLEAR BAG POLICY is in effect to enhance existing security measures and expedite venue entry at Moody Center.  
Approved bags include: 
Bags that are clear plastic and do not exceed 14″ x 14″ x 6″ 
One-gallon clear resealable plastic storage bags 
Non-clear clutch bags or wallets must not exceed 5″ x 9″ x 1.5” 
Prohibited bags include: 
Any and all bags that do not meet the criteria above including items such as grocery totes, mesh or straw bags, duffle bags, diaper* bags, camera/binocular cases, and any other bags that arena event staff deem to not meet the clear bag policy.
*Items normally carried in a diaper bag must be placed into a clear plastic bag for entry. 

Parking will be free in all university garages. Parking information for graduation events can be accessed here.

Moody Center is committed to full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and providing equal access to an enjoyable event experience for everyone in our community. Moody Center has elevators available to ticket holders and guests with disabilities. Check with a nearby Guest Services member for assistance.  

Accessible parking is available on a first-come basis for guests with disabilities in each available garage. Manor Garage is the closest ADA parking to Moody Center. Please arrive early to ensure parking is available. 

A passenger drop-off point is available at the Member drop-off location accessible from the I-35 frontage road, head west on Clyde Littlefield Dr., then south on Red River. Please notify personnel that passengers are ADA or mobility impaired.

Set your location as “Clyde Littlefield Rd. & Red River St.” Message the driver to inform police they are picking up for Moody Center’s “Member/ADA Drop Off”. 

Guests who require additional assistance because of a limitation in mobility can request a wheelchair transport from the entry doors of the arena to their seating location. A Guest Services member will escort guests to their seat and arrange a pick-up time to escort them for their departure if desired. This service is available on a first come, first served basis and may be requested from any team member at the entry doors. Please note that arena wheelchairs cannot be left with guests during the event. 

There are many options for wheelchair accessible and low mobility seating. We reccomend the following sections: 106, 107, 110, 115, 117, 118, 207, 210, 215. As tickets are unassigned, these sections will be also be first come, first served.


Please review the Accessibility Guide for more information on accessible services, programs and policies for guests with disabilities. 

2001 Robert Dedman Drive Austin, TX 78712.

Moody Center is a cashless facility. Apple Pay, Google Pay, and all major credit cards are accepted. 

No. The Moody Center is affiliated with the University of Texas at Austin, but Moody College of Communication has no control or oversight of the venue. The Moody Center is managed by LiveNation. 

Moody Foundation is a Galveston-based charitable group. The arena is named Moody Center in honor of a $130 million gift from the Moody Foundation. 
It is the largest gift the Moody Foundation has ever given to an organization and represents one of the largest gifts to The University of Texas. Previous local donations from the foundation include $50 million to the Moody College of Communications and $20 million to the Blanton Museum of Art. 

The Facility prohibits any person from using, possession, carrying, displaying, or distributing any of the following items on, at, or within the Facility, except as otherwise stated within this policy: 

Alcohol, cigarettes, tobacco products, vaporizers, and drugs (including but not limited to marijuana and products containing THC) 

Animals (unless a service animal as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act – ADA – and in accordance with Service Animal Policy) 

Artificial noisemaking devices of any kind including but not limited to whistles, air horns, or plastic horns such as vuvuzelas 

Bags, packs, and luggage that are not in compliance with the Bag Policy 

Banners, flags, flag poles, signs, or similar items 

Bottles or cans of any kind, shape, or size, regardless of material and regardless of empty or full 

Cameras (see Recording Equipment below) 

Distracting and dangerous items such as frisbees, balloons, beach balls, inflatables, laser pointers, light sticks flashlights, or other projectiles 

Drones (UAS-Unmanned Aircraft Systems) or other model aircraft 

Explosives, including but not limited to explosive materials, fireworks, components, or parts 

Food or beverages of any kind, except for those snacks needed for medical purposes 

Hazardous items including but not limited to fuels, torches, lighter fluid, chemicals, paint thinners, batteries, or aerosols 

Laptops and tablets, along with their accessories and similar devices, are prohibited except by Facility, team, league, or performance personnel with a valid working purpose, or by media and broadcast personnel with appropriate Facility credentials. 

Packages or parcels of any kind, regardless of packaging 

Selfie Sticks or telescopic devices, including but not limited to tripods, bipods, monopods, camera poles, or similar devices 

Sporting equipment including but not limited to basketballs, sticks, bats, or other sports equipment 

Strollers and wagons 

Tobacco and/or smoking products, including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vaporizers, cigars, lighters, marijuana, smokeless tobacco, and any other product, item, or device related to the consumption of tobacco or THC. 

Tools, razor blades, razor-type blades, box cutters, letter openers, or scissors 


Weapons (as defined above and in Weapons Policy – SEC-E-513), including but not limited to actual, toy, or replica: 
1. Guns, firearms, firearm components/parts, ammunition and/or gun powder 
2. Knives of any size, brass knuckles, black jacks, or kubatons 
3. Martial arts weapons, night sticks, nunchucks, billy clubs, bats, stunguns/tasers, self-defense sprays, mace, pepper spray, sticks, or poles 

Any other items deemed by the NCAA, NBA, or Facility personnel to be inappropriate, dangerous, or challenging to public safety in their league and/or Facility’s sole discretion. 

Replica, toy, or antique representations of any the above items are also prohibited.