The Commencement Ceremony is offered each Spring semester. Summer graduates may walk in the Spring ceremony before they graduate and fall graduates may walk in the following Spring ceremony after they graduate.

Spring Commencement Ceremony

Undergraduate students in the College of Education must apply online to graduate during their final semester of coursework.  The online Graduation Application is available from the twelfth class day (fourth class day in summer) until the mid-semester deadline. The official University mid-semester deadline varies from semester to semester, please consult the current semester’s Academic calendar for an exact date.  Students whose graduation applications were declined in the previous semester are required to re-apply for graduation.

Undergraduates in the College of Education may enroll in courses at other institutions outside of the University of Texas at Austin during their final semester. In addition, they may take courses through correspondence or University Extension in their final semester.  These courses must post to the student’s record by the official graduation date listed in the academic calendar for that semester or the graduation semester may be affected.

Important Note: Undergraduates in the College of Education are strongly encouraged to run an Interactive Degree Audit (IDA) prior to completing the graduation application. If any degree requirements are not met, students should contact an academic advisor in SZB 2.110. 

Contact Daniela Kaufman with graduation questions or if you missed the graduation application deadline.

Graduation with University Honors

Undergraduates in the College of Education are eligible to graduate with University Honors if they:

  • have completed at least 60 semester hours in residence at UT Austin,
  • have at least a 3.50 GPA in courses taken in residence at UT Austin, and
  • are ranked in the top 20% of the graduating class.

The top 4% of the graduating class who meet all the requirements will receive Highest Honors, the next 6% will receive High Honors, and the next 10% will receive Honors. Those students receiving Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors will have it noted on their official transcripts, as well as on their diplomas.

The May graduating class for each academic year sets the GPA requirements for August and December graduates. For example, if students who graduate with University Honors in May earned GPAs of 3.6950 and higher, then only students who meet all the qualifications and have GPAs of 3.6950 or higher will graduate with University Honors in August and December of that academic year.

Registration In Absentia

All students must be registered at The University in the semester they wish to graduate. Undergraduate students who have completed all degree requirements for graduation, but are not currently enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin must read the financial responsibility statement and then register in absentia. Check with Daniela Kaufman before submitting a registration in absentia form to verify eligibility.

UT Extension courses are not considered “in residence”. Students enrolled in self-paced UT Extension courses who are not enrolled in University of Texas at Austin courses must Register in Absentia.

Please know that Registration in Absentia does not constitute student status. University facilities cannot be used, ID Cards will not be validated, and students are not eligible for university housing or financial aid.

The deadline to Register in Absentia is the official university mid-semester deadline.

NOTE: Students may contact the College of Education Student Division at (512) 471-3223 with any questions about the application process.

Tuition Rebate

Undergraduate students in the College of Education may be eligible for a tuition rebate after graduation if the student has attempted no more than three semester hours beyond the minimum number of hours required for the degree. Learn more about the tuition rebate and its requirements.