College of Medicine and Life Sciences - Commencement

Information for Students

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Graduation Questionnaire (GQ)

Students are reminded to complete the AAMC's Medical School Graduation Questionnaire (GQ) before Commencement Day. The national questionnaire is completely confidential and is an important tool for medical schools to use in program evaluation and to improve the medical student experience. Students can find a link to the survey in their email from Learn more


All graduates should arrive by no later than 1 p.m. to begin lining up for the processional and receive important instructions about the ceremony. There is no commencement rehearsal for graduates.

Graduates should enter through the main doors of the Great Hall, adjacent to the Stranahan Theater. Only graduates will be allowed in the line-up area.

Graduates who have not arrived by 1:30 p.m. will be removed from the line up as to not adversely affect the order of the ceremony. Staff will assist candidates in getting to the appropriate line-up location.


Academic regalia are required to participate in the commencement ceremony. (Exception: Military graduates wearing dress uniform.) Regalia may be purchased from the UT Bookstore, located on the Main Campus at the Gateway — Dorr and Secor. NOTE: Hoods will be kept by the Bookstore and delivered to the Stranahan on the day of the ceremony.

2018 Informational flyer (PDF)

Prior to the day of the ceremony graduates should try on regalia for fit and to ensure that they have received the correct regalia for their degree. Graduates should bring regalia (minus the hoods, which will be transported to the ceremony by Commencement staff) ironed/steamed and ready to wear to the ceremony.


Graduates who have completed all degree requirements will be awarded their diploma at commencement. Students with outstanding degree requirements, or holds on their account (i.e. parking tickets, financial obligations, library fines) will receive a diploma cover. Graduates not receiving their diploma at commencement will have their diploma sent to them via certified mail once all outstanding degree requirements or other obligations have been fulfilled.


Transcripts (Graduate Students Only)

Degrees are typically posted to the transcript record within 30 days of the Commencement ceremony. If you order a transcript before your degree is posted to your record, mark the appropriate space on the request form to indicate that the transcript should be sent after the degree is posted.

Personal Belongings

Graduates should leave personal belongings — including purses, wallets, phones and cameras — with their guests. There is no storage available for personal belongings and belongings should not be brought on the stage. 

Professional Behavior

Graduates should conduct themselves with the highest degree of consideration, maturity and professionalism to ensure a pleasant and meaningful ceremony for all graduates and guests.    

Tips for an extraordinary ceremony:

  • Leave personal items like coats and purses with guests. There are no facilities available for storing these items.
  • Arrive by 1 p.m. to allow adequate time to line-up for the processional.
  • All graduates and Special Hooders should enter through the Great Hall entrance.
  • At this time, graduates may bring as many guests as they wish and tickets are not required. All guests should enter through the main entrance to the Stranahan Theater. Only graduates are allowed in the line-up area.
  • Appropriate academic regalia are required to participate. Jeans, sandals and shorts are not permitted. Please dress accordingly.
  • Wear additional academic regalia that correspond with your honor society (e.g., sash, medal, ribbon, etc.).

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Last Updated: 8/16/18