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May 20, 2021

Class of 2021

The Spring 2021 commencement ceremony for the College of Education is scheduled for Thursday, May 20 at 2 PM CST and will be held on Zoom. Graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to attend.

Our main speaker will be Susan Dawson, President and Executive Director of E3 Alliance

Graduates will receive updates about registration via an email. We look forward to celebrating with you!

Important Deadlines

Class of 2020

Students who graduated in May 2020, August 2020, or December 2020 are invited to attend the celebration for the Class of 2020 in September. More details can be found here.

If you graduated in 2020 and would like to be included in the Spring 2021 commencement activities, please contact to determine your eligibility.

If you have any specific questions, please contact

College of Education Moment of Recognition

Friday, May 21, Timeslots will be available from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., William C. Powers, Jr., Student Activity Center (WCP)

An in-person Graduation Recognition Moment for all UT Colleges and Schools will consist of a guided path where graduates will enter the event space with their guests, cross the ceremony stage, take a professional graduation photo, and exit the venue.

All Graduation Recognition Moments will be streamed live to allow the moment to be shared with extended family and friends.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a chance the Moment of Recognition will be canceled and “go-virtual” like last year?

All plans for Commencement are being guided by the COVID Investigating Committee and based on current public health guidelines, have been developed to celebrate the class of 2021 safely and responsibly. While commencement plans for May 2021 are within the current health guidelines, they will be evaluated monthly by the COVID Investigating Committee and are subject to change based on changing conditions.

Will I need to RSVP?

Yes. An email will be sent to all College of Education Graduates that met the April 5th deadline to apply for graduation to RSVP for the Moment of Recognition. This email will be sent in mid-April and will include instructions on how to RSVP for this event. The University will be sending additional communication about ticketing for the DKR ceremony.

Do I need to wear a cap and gown? If so, where can I buy them?

You are welcome (and encouraged) to wear a cap and gown. Regalia can be purchased via the University Co-op. Please note that orders must be placed by April 30 to receive your regalia prior to commencement.

Will I need to wear a mask?

Yes. Face coverings (which must follow county guidance and cover your nose and mouth) are required for all attendees and must be worn both indoor and outdoor on UT’s campus. They may be removed for the formal graduation portrait.

More details about College of Education’s Moment of Recognition will be provided on this webpage in the coming weeks.