Graduation Information

Commencement is held in McKenzie Arena.

Term Commencement Date Graduation Activity Graduation Application Deadline
Spring 2015 Saturday, May 2, 2015 Graduation & Ceremony October 15, 2014
Summer 2015 No Ceremony Degree Award Date: August 8, 2015 January 15, 2015
Fall 2015 Saturday, December 12, 2015 Graduation & Ceremony June 15, 2015
  December Commencement Ceremony Time: 9:00 am- All Colleges  
Spring 2016 Saturday, May 7, 2016 Graduation & Ceremony October 15, 2015
Summer 2016 No Ceremony Degree Award Date: August 13, 2016 March 15, 2016
Fall 2016 Saturday, December 17, 2016 Graduation & Ceremony June 15, 2016
Spring 2017 Saturday, May 6, 2017 Graduation & Ceremony October 15, 2016
Summer 2017 No Ceremony Degree Award Date: August 12, 2017 March 15, 2017

What you need to know BEFORE Graduation:

Name Pronouncement Cards

You will be notified by email when you can meet with commencement officials to verify the pronounciation of your name. If you have any concerns about the accurate pronunciation of your name, it is important that you stop by the Records Office during that time. No other time is scheduled for this purpose.


There is no rehearsal prior to the commencement exercise. You will receive instructions from your faculty marshal on the day of commencement. Please be sure to arrive at McKenzie Arena 45 minutes prior to start time.

Caps and Gowns

UTC graduation candidates wear navy blue caps and gowns.

Caps and gowns can be purchased in the Bookstore in the University Center. In addition to your height, weight, and hat size, you will also need to know the academic degree you are to receive.

Current Address and Telephone Number

Please be sure that the Records Office has current and accurate information in the event that we must contact you prior to Commencement. Your graduation specialist will make every attempt to contact you if you have not met the requirements for graduation after grades have been posted.

Confidential Information Flag

If you previously submitted a request to the Records Office requesting that your directory information NOT be released, your name will NOT appear in the Commencement Program. To have the confidentiality flag removed, you must submit a request in writing to the Records Office. The request must be submitted prior to the printing of the Commencement program which is usually 5 weeks prior to the date of Commencement.

University Honors - Undergraduate Students

To be eligible for Latin honors at UTC, students must have a minimum of 60 earned hours at UTC.

  • Cum Laude: granted when the student's cumulative UTC GPA at the end of the final semester is at least 3.5.
  • Magna Cum Laude: granted when the student's cumulative UTC GPA at the end of the final semester is at least 3.7.
  • Summa Cum Laude: granted when the student's cumulative UTC GPA at the end of the final semester is at least 3.9.

University Honors - Graduate Students

Graduate students do not graduate with honors since a minimum 3.0 grade point average is required to graduate.

Diploma Mailing

Diplomas will be mailed 6-8 weeks after graduation to your permanent address as indicated on your MyMocsNet account. Please be sure that this address is accurate prior to your graduation. For previous UTC graduates requesting that your diploma be mailed, please submit the Diploma Mailing Request. The UTC diploma measures 14" x 17".


Financial Aid Exit Interview: Students who have had financial aid loans must complete an exit interview. If you have not already done so, please contact the Financial Aid Office prior to Commencement. Failure to do so means a hold place on your academic record preventing us from fulfilling any transcript requests you submit after commencement.
Holds: In compliance with Tennessee law, all financial obligations to the University such as fees, tuition, parking fines, library fines, transcript fees, or return of any rented or borrowed equipment must be cleared before your diploma can be released or any transcript request can be fulfilled.

Senior Exit Exam: Graduation requirements for all undergraduate students include completion of the Senior Exit Exam. If you have not completed this requirement, please contact the UTC Testing Center at 425-4288. Diplomas will not be released to students who have not completed the Senior Exit Exam.

Other Questions

Please contact if you have any other questions or concerns that are not addressed here.


Graduation Participation Guidelines

What you need to know about Commencement Day