Graduation Information

After lots of hard work, graduation is quickly approaching for many of you. To graduate, complete the application steps listed below.

Please submit questions to; include your name and student ID # to help ensure a speedy response.

Applying for Graduation

Graduation applications are now done through the MyUNT portal. Please see instructions under the "Apply to Graduate" section below on how to complete your graduation application.

Important Distinction between Graduating and Participating in Commencement Events
Commencement events are the congratulatory ceremonies hosted by university officials in which students are publically and formally recognized. Graduation is the process of being awarded a degree after completion of credit hours and other degree requirements. Actual diplomas are not awarded at commencement ceremonies and participation in the ceremonies is not a guarantee of degree completion.
To officially graduate from UNT, a student must apply for graduation by the posted deadline. After receipt of final grades, the student's degree audit or degree plan must show the student satisfied all university, college and departmental requirements for the specific degree. A degree becomes official when it is posted to a student's transcript -- typically two to three weeks after the completion of their final term -- not by their participation in commencement exercises.

Please remember:

  • Enrollment at a Second Institution: If you are currently enrolled at another institution, you cannot graduate from UNT this semester.
  • You cannot graduate from a program that you have not been admitted to. If you do not have an option to select the program you are completing (for example, if you are completing an MS in Psychology but only have the option to select the PhD program you are in), please contact Toulouse Graduate School Admissions ( to complete the necessary application. You may then submit your application for graduation after the new program appears in your portal.

Apply to Graduate

All students must apply for graduation by the deadline. During the semester in which you intend to graduate, please submit your application through MyUNT by the deadline listed in the chart below.

Click Here to View Graduation Application Instructions (PDF)

If you are pursuing more than one degree, you will need to submit a separate application for each degree.

In addition to the required items above, students are strongly encouraged to take the following surveys:

  • UNT Graduating Student Survey
  • Survey of Earned Doctorates All Doctoral students are asked to complete the National Science Foundation's Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) before graduation. This is an annual census conducted by six federal agencies of all individuals receiving a research doctorate from accredited U.S. institutions. Survey data is used to track the number of graduates in various fields; the educational paths of scientists, engineers, and humanists; movement of graduates into the labor market; and similar information.  Additional information is available on the Survey of Earned Doctorates page. [Mac users: Open the form in Adobe Acrobat and use the “save via email” link at the bottom.]

Graduation Deadlines

InstructionsFall 2016Spring 2017Summer 2017
Graduation Application window opensJune 1, 2016October 2016

March  2017

Graduation Application window closes. This is the last day that applications for the semester will be accepted.September 9, 2016March 10, 2017June 12, 2017
Departments must submit results of final exam/project defense (comp form) to the Graduate School, remove grades of "I" in all prior required courses, submit degree plan changes and file proof of completion of foreign language requirement (if applicable)November 4, 2016March 31, 2017July 7, 2017
Oral defense results

Due within 48 hours of defense, but no later than...

November 4, 2016      March 31, 2017    July 7, 2017

Thesis/Dissertation submission through Vireo completed. It must be the final approved, defended version with all committee edits included. No changes may be made after submission.November 4, 2016March 31, 2017June 30, 2017
Revised thesis/disseration based on Reader comments uploaded into Vireo.December 9, 2016May 5, 2017August 4, 2017
Master's Commencement and Doctoral Commencement & Hooding CeremonyOfficial University ScheduleOfficial University Schedule

Official University Schedule

August 2017 graduates are invited to attend the December 2017 ceremony.

Have a General Question?

Please be sure to check our FAQ page for more information.

If you've checked your student portal for information about the status of your application and still have questions, please contact us by emailing Please be sure to include your full name and student ID# in all correspondence.

Need Commencement Ceremony Information?

Information about December ceremonies will be posted here as soon as the information becomes available. 

Please visit the FAQ page of the Commencement website.

During semesters in which there is a University sanctioned event, name cards and detailed information will be sent via US mail by the Registrar’s Office to the mailing address you have on file in your student portal (, so please be sure to update that as needed. If you have applied for graduation and have not received this information via US mail within 3 weeks prior to your appropriate ceremony, please contact us through

Graduation Fees

Master’s Degree: No fees
Master’s Degree & Thesis: $20 archiving fee
Doctoral Degree & Dissertation: $20 archiving fee

If you are writing a paper, appropriate fees will be added to your account when your final, defended paper is submitted to the Graduate School. An email from will alert you that payment is due.

Students who wish to take advantage of additional ProQuest services (such as ProQuest's "Open Access" publishing option) will need to pay any additional fees directly to ProQuest.

Graduation Commencement, Regalia, Announcements & Diplomas

During semesters in which there is a University sanctioned event, information regarding the relevant ceremony will be sent by the Registrar’s Office approximately 3 weeks prior to graduation via U.S. mail to the mailing address you have on file with UNT.  You can review and update your mailing address online at

Please contact Barnes & Noble UNT to order regalia, either by visiting their campus location at 1155 Union Circle, University Union, Denton, TX 76203, by phone at 940-565-2592, or on the web at

Diplomas are mailed approximately 8 to 10 weeks after graduation to the mailing address on file with UNT.  You can review and update your mailing address online at

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