Commencement Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I decorate my cap?

Yes! We encourage our students to showcase their individuality by decorating their cap and look forward to seeing the designs at Commencement! However, the use of glitter and sequins is strictly prohibited and caps decorated with glitter, sequins, or any other material that could leave behind a mess will be confiscated. 

Where can I order my cap/gown/class rings/announcements?

Due to Jostens lead time, the deadline to order caps and gowns for the Spring 2021 Commencement Ceremony was July 8, 2021. Please be aware that the commencement gowns for both graduates and undergraduates have changed. Students will not be able to reuse gowns from previous commencements or purchase their gowns from another source.

Please visit the Jostens UNT Dallas site to purchase class rings and announcements: UNT Dallas Jostens Cap & Gown Link.

When and where is the commencement ceremony?

Click on the Commencement Ceremony tab for more information regarding commencement.  

What if I have earned honors?

An email will be sent out to all students who qualify for honors. This email will include information on how to retrieve your honors stole for commencement. The commencement program will include a notation on applicable honors based on the student’s current GPA  prior to grades posting. UNT Dallas recognizes the following Latin honors:

Cum Laude – 3.5-3.69 GPA
Magna Cum Laude – 3.7-3.89  GPA
Summa Cum Laude – 3.9-4.0 GPA

The GPA used to calculate your honors is determined by the following;

  • Graduating Semester is Fall 2015 to Summer 2019 = Overall GPA (Cumulative UNTD + Transfer work)

  • Graduating Semester is Fall 2019 or beyond = UNTD GPA (Cumulative UNTD work only)

We will use the GPA associated with the semester you are walking in commencement in for determining whether you are eligible for a stole. This means that you may not be meeting honors going into commencement and thereby not be eligible to wear the honor's stole at the ceremony but, with the posting of your final grades, end up meeting honors after the ceremony. In this case your diploma will state your honors as well as your transcript. You will be able to receive a stole at that time. 

Students with memberships to an honor society or student organization should contact that society or organization for information on their honor’s awards.

What can I take with me to commencement?

Students should leave personal items in their vehicle prior to reporting to the line-up. Students will not be able to carry items with them across the stage, nor will they be able to leave their items in the facility. The recessional line (when students leave commencement) will take the students directly out of the building. There will not be any opportunity for students to return to the facility after commencement has begun.

Guests are encouraged to limit the number of items they bring with them to the facility and celebrate their students with applause, cheers, and smiles.

The following items are permitted at commencement:

  • Small clear tote that does not exceed 12" x 6" x 12"

  • Small clutch size - approximately the size of a hand with or without a handle or strap

  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection.

The following items will not be permitted at commencement:

  • No balloons, confetti, and large/small gifts

  • No air horns or megaphones

  • No purses, bags or containers larger than a small clutch, Backpacks, Briefcases, Camera Bags, Fanny Packs, Computer Bags, Coolers, Luggage of any kind, Diaper Bags, Drawstring Bags

  • No umbrellas, large signs, flags or laser pointers, or incendiary devices

  • Alcohol, smoking, or any outside food items (Water fountains are available)

  • No drones or any unmanned flying vehicles

What happens during commencement?

Students will line up in the Graduate Staging area and begin to process into the auditorium sharply at the start time for commencement. During the commencement exercise, students will be instructed on when to stand and line up, process across the stage, and return to a seat (likely not the same seat). After closing remarks, students will process out of the auditorium and into the parking lot. Guests are encouraged to meet their students at the vehicle or an off-site location as re-entering the building will not be permitted.  

Where can I meet my guests after commencement?

The recessional line will not stop in the facility. Students will be led out of the building and can meet their guests outside in the parking lot. Re-entering the building and crowding around the exit doors will not be permitted. Please arrange to meet your guests in the parking lot or at another location off-site.