Graduation Information

Commencement is held in McKenzie Arena.

Term Commencement Date Graduation Activity Graduation Application Deadline
Fall 2016  Friday, December 16, 2016 Graduate Student Commencement
2:00 pm
All Colleges
 
Fall 2016 Saturday, December 17, 2016 Undergraduate Student Commencement
9:00 am All Colleges
June 15, 2016
 

 
Spring 2017 Friday, May 5, 2017 Graduate Student Commencement
2:00 pm
All Colleges
 
Spring 2017 Saturday, May 6, 2017 Undergraduate Student Commencement
9:00 am College of Arts & Sciences and College of Engineering & Computer Science 
1:00 pm College of Business and College of Health, Education & Professional Studies
October 15, 2016
 

 
Summer 2017 No Ceremony Degree Award Date: August 12, 2017 March 15, 2017
 

 
Fall 2017 Friday December 15, 2017 Graduate Student Commencement
All Colleges

 
Fall 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 Undergraduate Student Commencement
9:00 am All Colleges
June 15, 2017
 

 
Spring 2018 Friday, May 4, 2018 Graduate Student Commencement
All Colleges 
 
Spring 2018 Saturday, May 5, 2018 Undergraduate Student Commencement
9:00 am
College of Arts & Sciences and College of Engineering & Computer Science

1:00 pm College of Business and College of Health, Education & Professional Studies
October 15, 2017
 

 
Summer 2018 No Ceremony Degree Award Date: August 11, 2018 March 15, 2018
 

 
Fall 2018 Friday, December 14, 2018 Graduate Student Commencement
All Colleges 
 
Fall 2018 Saturday, December 15, 2018 Undergraduate Student Commencement
9:00 am All Colleges
June 15, 2018
 

 
Spring 2019 Friday, May 3, 2019 Graduate Student Commencement
All Colleges 
 
Spring 2019 Saturday, May 4, 2019 Undergraduate Student Commencement
9:00 am
College of Arts & Sciences and College of Engineering & Computer Science

1:00 pm College of Business and College of Health, Education & Professional Studies
October 15, 2018
 

 
Summer 2019 No Ceremony Degree Award Date: August 10, 2019 March 15, 2019
 

 
Fall 2019 Friday, December 6, 2019 Graduate Student Commencement
All Colleges 
 
Fall 2019 Saturday, December 7, 2019 Undergraduate Student Commencement
9:00 am All Colleges
June 15, 2019
 

 
Spring 2020 Friday, May 3, 2020 Graduate Student Commencement
All Colleges 
 
Spring 2020 Saturday, May 2, 2020 Undergraduate Student Commencement
9:00 am
College of Arts & Sciences and College of Engineering & Computer Science

1:00 pm College of Business and College of Health, Education & Professional Studies
October 15, 2019
 

 
Summer 2020 No Ceremony Degree Award Date: August 8, 2020 March 15, 2020

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.

Rehearsal

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 approximately 8 weeks after graduation to the address provided when applying for graduation. If this address changes after the application is submitted, please notify the Records Office at utcgraduation@utc.edu. For previous UTC graduates whose diplomas have not yet been picked up or mailed, please submit the Diploma Mailing Request. The UTC diploma measures 14" x 17".

Holds

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 Rebecca-Dragoo@utc.edu if you have any other questions or concerns that are not addressed here.

 

Graduation Participation Guidelines

What you need to know about Commencement Day