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The University of Texas at Arlington

Business Undergraduate Advising

Commencement Information

  Undergraduate Graduation Application

  UT Arlington Guide to Commencement

•    Requirements to Qualify for Undergraduate Graduation
•    Deadlines to Apply for Undergraduate Graduation
•    Commencement Ceremony Information
•    Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Commencement

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Commencement:
 
Saturday, May 10, 2014
 
11:00 a.m.

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•    Requirements to Qualify for Undergraduate Graduation
Effective September 1, 2006, if these requirements are not met, a student will not be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony as they are not considered a viable candidate by the University.
In addition to meeting the credit hour and course requirements for a specific College of Business degree program, the student must meet the following requirements:
1. All College of Business admission requirements and must be admitted
to a business degree program.
2. Students must complete at least 50 percent of their business coursework
in residence.
3. A grade of "C" or better must be earned in all major/concentration courses
required for the degree. (This requirement is for students that entered UT
Arlington in Fall 2001 or later.)
4. Minimum GPA requirements:
Overall 2.0
Business 2.0
Major/Concentration 2.0
If you have any questions, please schedule an appointment with an advisor by calling the receptionist at 817.272.3368. We are located in the Business Building, Suite 107.
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•    Deadlines to Apply for Undergraduate Graduation
Students that submit their application for graduation at least 2 weeks prior to the early registration period will receive priority registration status as graduating seniors. Click here for Application Procedure.
Fall Semester:
Application for graduation must be received 2 months prior to the end of the semester in order for the student to graduate after the current semester. The application can be submitted any time before this 2-month deadline. The deadline for Fall 2014 is not yet available.
Spring Semester:
Application for graduation must be received 2 months prior to the end of the semester in order for the student to graduate after the current semester. The application can be submitted any time before this 2-month deadline. The deadline for Spring 2014 is January 27, 2014.
Summer Semester:
Application for graduation must be received 6 weeks prior to the end of the semester in order for the student to graduate after the current semester. The application can be submitted any time before this 6-week deadline. The deadline for Summer 2014 is June 3, 2014.
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•    Commencement Ceremony Information
ANY applicant for graduation who drops a course during the Spring 2014 semester and therefore is not completing all degree requirements will not be allowed to participate in the College of Business commencement ceremony or access commencement tickets. A final check of all graduation applicants will occur after the Last Day to Drop in the student's final semester and before tickets are available for distribution in the Spring term.
Effective September 1, 2006, if requirements to qualify for graduation are not met, a student will not be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony as they are not considered a viable candidate by the University.

The University of Texas at Arlington
College of Business Commencement
Saturday, May 10, 2014
11:00 a.m.

Commencement Checklist:
ANY applicant for graduation who drops a course during the Spring 2014 semester and therefore is not completing all degree requirements will not be allowed to participate in the College of Business commencement ceremony or access commencement tickets. A final check of all graduation applicants will occur after the Last Day to Drop in the student's final semester and before tickets are available for distribution in the Spring term.
•    Response/RSVP Card
If you are participating in the ceremony, YOU MUST REGISTER WITH THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS by completing the Response/RSVP Card and returning it to the Advising Center, Business Building, Suite 107 by Monday, March 24, 2014. Ticketing will NOT be available to any candidate whose Response/RSVP Card is not returned BY THE DUE DATE.
•    Tickets
All Tickets must be accessed online beginning Friday, April 11, 2014. Check your UTA Email account for information and your password to access your assigned tickets. The College of Business will not have access to your password information, nor do we have tickets for you to pick up.
CANDIDATES PARTICIPATING IN THE BUSINESS CEREMONY MAY ACCESS TICKETS ONLINE AS PER THE UNIVERSITY COMMENCEMENT TICKETING POLICY. One ticket required per adult and children 2 years old and older.
From April 11 - April 25: Students who RSVP must claim their candidate ticket, up to 6 guaranteed guest tickets, and up to 4 additional guest tickets while quantities last. This offer will expire at 11:00 am on April 25. There are NO guaranteed tickets after this time.
From April 25 - May 7: A second email will be sent shortly after 12:00 noon on April 25 with another opportunity for students who RSVP to claim their candidate ticket and up to 4 additional guest tickets while quantities last.
ONLY IF YOU RSVP WITH THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS INDICATING PARTICIPATION BY THE MARCH 24th DEADLINE WILL ACCESS TO THE TICKETING SYSTEM BE AVAILABLE TO YOU.
•    Cap and Gown
The required regalia may be ordered from the University Bookstore and is required to participate. Announcements are also available for order online through Jostens at www.jostens.com. You should do this ASAP. Click for Spring 2014 Regalia Pricing.
•    Commencement Ceremony
Candidates must report to the West Entrance of College Park Center no later than 10:00 AM to participate in the 11:00 AM ceremony. The West Entrance on Pecan/Spaniolo Street is for candidates ONLY. All guests must enter at the north side of the building.
ALL PERSONAL ITEMS must be left with your family/guests, they may NOT be carried or secured for later pick up. All Candidates will be placed in alphabetical order by major and given instructions concerning the ceremony. Candidates are strongly encouraged to wear comfortable shoes as you will be standing and walking.
Candidates arriving after the processional will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony.
ALL CANDIDATES PARTICIPATING WILL REMAIN IN FLOOR SEATING THROUGH THE ENTIRE CEREMONY.
NO PERSONAL ITEMS MAY BE LEFT IN THE LINE-UP AREA OR CARRIED.
•    Parking
Parking for candidates and guests will be available in the College Park Center Garages and in surface lots. Handicap parking is designated for the College Park Center South Parking Garage. More details related to parking are available on the University Commencement website at www.uta.edu/commencement.
•    Diploma
Candidates will receive a commencement memento as their name is announced. Undergraduate diplomas will be distributed by mail from the Office of Records in Davis Hall six weeks after the ceremony. Graduate diplomas will be mailed from the Office of Records in Davis Hall approximately eight weeks after the ceremony.
•    Photographs
A professional photographer will take individual photographs of all graduates as they receive their mementos. They will be available for purchase online. Personal photography inside College Park Center is restricted. More detail is available on the Commencement website at www.uta.edu/commencement. The email and mailing adress you provide on the Response/RSVP Card will be used to mail photo information.
•    Special Assistance
If you are in a wheelchair, require special assistance, or need additional information, please contact Jo Ann at 817.272.3282.
•    Guests
Guests should enter College Park Center through the north entrances. Parking lots in the area will be open and available for parking. Handicap parking is designated for the College Park Center South Parking Garage. College Park Center is wheelchair-accessible. Guests arriving more than 10 minutes late or without a ticket will not be admitted.
•    An Important Occasion
Commencement is both a joyous and serious occasion. We ask that members of the audience refrain from making unnecessary disturbances that would interfere with everyone's desire to see and hear all aspects of the ceremony.
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•    Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Commencement
•    How do I make sure I will receive tickets to the Commencement Ceremony?
Candidates are required to register with the college if they intend to participate in the ceremony. In the College of Business, this is accomplished by completing and returning the Response/RSVP Card that is mailed to all candidates. The deadline to return the Response/RSVP card and be included on the ticket list is Monday, March 24th.
•    Where will the ceremony be held?
The commencement ceremony will be held in College Park Center (CPC) on the University of Texas at Arlington campus.
•    Where do I purchase my cap and gown?
Academic regalia must be purchased at the UT Arlington Bookstore. Candidates must wear appropriate academic regalia if participating in the ceremony. Undergraduate candidates may wear honor cords, medallions, or stoles related to academic honors. Make your purchase ASAP. Click for Spring 2014 Regalia Pricing.
•    Where do I purchase announcements?
Candidates may purchase announcements from Jostens at http://www.jostens.com.
•    How many commencement guest tickets am I eligible to receive and how can I get additional guest tickets?
If the candidate completes and returns the Response/RSVP Card by the March 24th deadline, the candidate will reserve 6 (six) guaranteed Guest tickets, a "Candidate" ticket, and while quantities last, up to 4 (four) additional Guest tickets ONLY until 11:00 AM on April 25, 2014. These tickets MUST BE CLAIMED ONLINE ONLY. Up to 4 (four) additional guest tickets may be available online after 12:00 noon on April 25th while quantities last. One ticket required per adult or child 2 years old or older. Guests arriving more than 10 minutes late or without a ticket will NOT be admitted.
•    How do I access my assigned tickets?
CANDIDATES MUST RSVP by March 24th to have access to tickets, then monitor their UTA Email account for commencement information from the University. On April 11th, candidates will receive an email with access instructions for tickets and password. The College of Business will not receive information regarding any candidate's password, nor can we request access to it. There are no tickets for in-person pick up, all must be printed from the ticketing website by the candidate. The candidate will only receive this email and have access to tickets if the Response/RSVP Card was returned to the College of Business by March 24th.
•    Will there be a rehearsal?
There will be no rehearsal before the ceremony. Following instructions of the commencement marshals during the event will be critical.
•    Will there be photographs taken as I walk across the stage?
A professional photographer will take the candidate's picture as they receive their memento. The photographer will mail/email all candidates ordering information to purchase pictures online. Personal photography and video is permitted by guests only from their seat.
•    Will I be able to purchase a video of the Commencement ceremonies?
No, not at this time, but it may become available. Please monitor your UTA Email account and the commencement website for updates from the University regarding commencement at www.uta.edu/commencement.
•    What should I wear to the Commencement ceremony?
Dress for the ceremony is business casual. Please make appropriate choices regarding shoes as you will be walking distances and going up stairs.
•    How long is the ceremony?
The commencement ceremony lasts approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Candidates choosing to participate in the ceremony must remain in place through the entire ceremony.
•    Where do I arrive for the ceremony?
Candidates must enter the West Entrance of the College Park Center with their "Candidate" ticket in hand and NO personal items, food or drink. Due to security issues, candidates without a "Candidate" ticket will not be admitted to the staging area for the event. Candidates will be directed downstairs to the gyms for processional line-up. Please follow signage. Only candidates may enter at the West Entrance. Family and guests are strictly prohibited from entering at this entrance and will be directed to the North Entrances.
•    When do I arrive for the ceremony?
Candidates must arrive no later than one hour prior to the ceremony and report directly to the gyms for line-up. Candidates arriving after the processional begins will not be permitted to participate in the commencement ceremony.
•    When should my guests arrive for the ceremony?
North entrances to the College Park Center will open one hour prior to the beginning of each ceremony. Seating is open and guests may claim their seats when entering on a first-come, first-served basis. In order for all guests to have an equal opportunity to claim seats, guests will be asked not to save seats for guests who have not arrived. There will be sections reserved for disabled guests. Guests arriving more than 10 minutes after the beginning of the ceremony or without a ticket will NOT be allowed into the College Park Center for the ceremony.
•    Are there special parking arrangements for commencement?
Parking for commencement is free in designated areas on a first-come, first-served basis. Handicap parking is designated for the College Park Center South Parking Garage. Additional information is available on the Commencement website at www.uta.edu/commencement.
•    Can I carry my purse, cell phone, or camera into the ceremony?
No! Due to security reasons, candidates will not be allowed to carry anything with them as they proceed into College Park Center. There is no storage for later pick-up of personal items. Leave these items in your car or with your family and friends. NO food or beverages may be brought into the College Park Center.
•    Will I receive my diploma when I walk across the stage?
No. You will receive a commencement memento as your name is announced. Diplomas for undergraduates will be distributed from the Office of Records by mail six weeks after the ceremony. Diplomas for graduates will be distributed from the Office of Records by mail approximately eight weeks after the ceremony. Specific questions about diplomas should be directed to the Office of Records, 817.272.3372.
•    What if my mailing address changes?
If your mailing address changes, notify the Office of Records in Davis Hall immediately.
•    What if my name is difficult to pronounce?
If your name is difficult to pronounce, you will have an opportunity to speak to the announcer prior to the processional.
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