Graduation and Commencement

The Cockrell School of Engineering graduation recognition moment is celebrated each Spring for graduates and degree candidates of the current academic year (past fall, current spring, and future summer). Participation is optional. Alumni who earned their undergraduate degree in the immediate previous fall semester or a current degree candidates expecting to complete in an immediate future summer may apply to participate in the spring ceremony. 

The Cockrell School does not hold commencement celebrations in the fall. Students who graduate in the immediate previous fall semester are invited to participate in the following spring event.

Cockrell Celebration

Graduate Student Celebration
Thursday, May 4, 2023
Masters (MS) - 9:00 AM
Doctoral (PHD) - 10 AM

Location: Engineering Education and Research Center (EER)
2501 Speedway
Austin, TX 78712

If you are planning on graduating in May 2023 please visit UT's Graduate School website for more details about applying to graduate and submitting materials.

Undergraduate Student Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 5, 2023
Bachelors (BS) - 5:30 PM (MUST arrive by 4:30 PM)

Location: Moody Center
2001 Robert Dedman Drive
Austin, TX 78712

If you are planning on graduating in May 2023 or August 2023, please visit ENGR Direct Students for more details.


Regalia

All graduates are expected to wear regalia, which may be purchased or borrowed. A regalia package is available for purchase from the University Co-op. Please note that the appropriate tassel and stole color for the Cockrell School of Engineering is bright orange.

University-Wide Celebration

The Class of 2023 University-Wide Commencement Ceremony details coming soon. For more information, visit commencement.utexas.edu.

Additional Information

The Cockrell School's graduation celebrations only occur in the spring semester for graduates and candidates of that academic year (past fall, current spring and future summer.) Participation ("walking") in the graduation ceremony/recognition is optional. 

Accommodations

If you need accessible accommodations for Cockrell School Ceremony and Celebrations or the University-Wide Commencement Ceremony, please notify us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. two weeks in advance of the celebration.

Tickets

Engineering Undergraduate Graduation Candidates and guests are required to request tickets from the Moody Center. There is not a limit of the number of tickets each family can request. Graduate Student Candidates (MS and/or PHD) and guests do not need tickets.

If you plan to attend the university-wide ceremony, learn more about ticketing on the UT event site.

Parking

For the latest updates to campus parking, please visit the university Commencement Weekend Parking page.

Professional photographs

The University coordinates professional photos of each graduation candidate as they cross the stage to be congratulated during the ceremony. Graduates and families have the option of purchasing photographs. There is no obligation to do so. Flash Photography provides free color proofs to each graduate. Proofs are mailed to the permanent address within two weeks of graduation. If you do not receive your proof, or if you wish to place your order by phone or email, please contact Flash Photography at 1-800-410-8070 or at http://www.flashphotography.com/.

University-wide ceremony information

The University-wide ceremony will be held May 6, 2023 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Procession tickets are required for degree candidates to participate and for guests attending the University wide ceremony. More information about tickets may be found at the UT commencement website.

The college graduation ceremonies provide an occasion for recognizing degree candidates individually as they cross the stage while their name is announced.

The university-wide commencement ceremony takes place following the college ceremonies and is the culmination of Commencement weekend. Degree candidates from every college and school are eligible to participate. At this ceremony, students are recognized with others from their college as a group rather than individually. The ceremony includes a distinguished speaker, conferring of degrees by the president and the traditional lighting of the Tower in orange to honor graduates. The celebration concludes with a fireworks display.