UTC Graduation Frequently Asked Questions


Updated Information on December 2020 Commencement:

In light of ongoing public health concerns regarding large gatherings, the Fall Commencement exercises
will be held virtually on December 12, 2020.
We know this decision is disappointing to you. We are also disappointed. The decision was a difficult one, but we are confident it is in the best interest of the campus community. 
More details on the virtual ceremony will be provided in the coming weeks. While we are saddened to not be able to celebrate in person in December, we hope you will join us for the virtual ceremony. When it is safe for us to resume in person ceremonies, you will be invited back to campus to participate with us. 

Graduation ceremonies are held at the end of the fall (in December) semester and the spring (in May) semesters.  Specific dates can be located on the online Academic Calendar

Degrees are awarded at the end of the fall (December), spring (May), and summer (August) semesters.

Students must apply for Graduation to be considered a candidate for a degree. Graduation ceremonies are normally only held in December and May. 

While we are offering Virtual Graduation Ceremonies, requests to participate in a graduation ceremony other than one you are a candidate for, will not be accepted. We will restore this form and request when in-person ceremonies are able to safely take place again.

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

Closer to the commencement ceremony, you will be notified by UTC email of opportunities to verify the pronunciation of your name. If you have any concerns about the accurate pronunciation of your name, it is important that you participate in one of those opportunities. If you aren't able to participate, you'll be given other instructions in the announcement email.

Undergraduate commencement ceremonies typically last approximately 2 hours.
Graduate commencement ceremonies typically last approximately 1 and 1/2 hours.

UTC graduation candidates wear navy blue caps and gowns.

Caps and gowns can be purchased through the UTC Bookstore online ordering process. The bookstore is located in the University Center and you can call 
423-425-4107 if you have questions. You'll select your shipment preference to start. In addition to your height, weight, and hat size, you will also need to know the academic degree you are to receive.

Invitations can also be purchased through the Bookstore online ordering process. 

Names of all August graduates will be published in the December Commencement program. The May Commencement program will list all August candidates who have applied by March 30th. 

Diplomas will be delivered to graduates at the address listed on their graduation application a few weeks after graduation. If this address changes after the application is submitted, please notify theOffice of the University Registrar at utcgraduation@utc.edu. Diplomas for students with holds on their account will be stored in the Office of the University Registrar until the hold is cleared (see After Graduation for more information on holds).

The UTC diploma measures 14" x 17".

Please see After Graduation for more information on diplomas.

Honors designations at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga are based upon a student's entire academic career and are not finalized until grades for the final semester are posted to the student's record. Grades are not finalized until after the Commencement ceremony. Undergraduate students who are eligible to be identified as a "Latin Honors Candidate" will receive a white tassel at the commencement ceremony. Graduate students do not graduate with honors since a minimum 3.0 grade point average it required to graduate. 

For undergraduate Latin honors eligibility please see After You've Applied.

Graduates should wear lightweight, comfortable clothing underneath the gown. Examples include an appropriate day dress or slacks, dress trousers in a dark color, a dress shirt with tie, comfortable dark shoes and dark socks. Graduates should not carry a purse or handbag.

The cap should be worn so that the mortarboard is level/flat on the head. It should not be slanted to the back or side of the head. The crown should be approximately one inch above the eyebrow.

Yes! Here is the live stream link for family and friends to watch the ceremony from afar: https://livestream.com/utc.

A professional photographer will take your picture before you cross the stage as well as candid pictures after the ceremony. See Commencement Day pages for more detailed information.

Yes! UTC TV Productions offers a DVD of the commencement ceremonies. To purchase a copy, please allow two weeks for production time and then visit or call the UTC Bookstore at 423-425-4107.

There will be closed captioning on a number of screens in the arena.

Other Questions

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