College of Engineering

University Commencement, Awards and Honors Convocation,

and The Order of the Engineer Induction Ceremony

spring 2020 commencement Information

Saturday, May 9, 2020

 The Glass Bowl

Undergraduate Ceremony- 10:00 a.m.
Graduate Ceremony- 3:00 p.m.



Order of Engineer Induction Ceremony/Engineering Awards & Honors Convocation


Friday, March 20, 2020 at 4:30 p.m., Lois & Norman Nitschke Auditorium

The Order of the Engineer Induction Ceremony is for all engineering students who have graduated or will be graduating spring 2020. The Order of the Engineer was initiated in the United States to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession, to bridge the gap between training and experience, and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer.  This symbol is a stainless steel ring, worn on the little finger of the working hand.

Students will be invited as a group, to recite the Obligation of the Engineer and receive their ring.

So that we have your correct ring size, please stop by one of the ring sizing sessions soon to be announced. 

Instructions for those participating in the ring ceremony:

  • Professional Dress is encouraged.
  • Arrive by 4:00 p.m. to the lobby of the Lois and Norman Nitschke Auditorium. Pick up your Order of the Engineer information envelope and proceed into the auditorium.  
  • A reception will follow the ceremony on the main floor of Nitschke Hall.


Friday, April 17, 2020 at 4:30 p.m., Lois & Norman Nitschke Auditorium

The Awards and Honors Convocation is a celebration of our students who are selected to receive one of the outstanding senior awards and those students who will be graduating with university honors. Students who are eligible to graduate with honors will receive an invitation through email. The event will take place in the Lois and Norman Nitschke Auditorium. This event is for all undergraduate students who currently have a 3.3 GPA or above in both their Higher Education GPA and their UT GPA. During this ceremony, students will be recognized and awarded their Honors Cord along with a certificate of accomplishment. Students are encouraged to participate and invite family and friends to share in this recognition!  The ceremony will be approximately 90 minutes and will be followed by a reception on the main floor of Nitschke Hall. Below are instructions for the event.  If you plan to participate in the ceremony, contact Sandy Stewart, Nitschke Hall room 5005. Or by email  

If you do not receive an invitation, and you think you are eligible, please contact Dr. Matt Franchetti (419.530.8040).

Your Honor cords will not be available in the bookstore, as they will be sent to the College of Engineering for the ceremony. If you do not attend the convocation, stop by Nitschke Hall, room 5005, the week following the ceremony to pick up your cords and certificate. 

Instructions for Honors Students:

  • Professional Dress is required.
  • Arrive by 4:00 p.m. to the lobby of the Lois and Norman Nitschke Auditorium. Check-in, and proceed into the auditorium.
  • Student Services Directors will be around to assist you.
  • Guests should take a seat in the auditorium when they arrive.
  • Photographs are welcome at any time, and there will be a university photographer there that day. 
  • Honors College students will be recognized followed by all those who will be graduating with honors.
  • Students will go up the right stairs of the stage, holding their cords in their right hand. They will then pass the cords to their department chair who will then cord them, shake hands and turn for a photograph. The student will then proceed across the stage to the left. They will then return to their seat.




Last Updated: 2/3/20