Apply to Graduate

How to Graduate this May

A student must apply to graduate in the semester they intend to complete their degree requirements. The College of Natural Sciences awards degrees three times in the academic year: December, May and August. Commencement ceremonies happen once a year, in May.

Application Process

The applications to graduate or walk for spring will be open from January 16, 2024 – March 26, 2024.

  1. 1

    Review your Degree Audit before applying to graduate.

    1. Apply for any certifications or minors you intend to earn;
    2. Make sure your certification or minors are currently showing on your degree audit.
  2. 2

    Contact your advisor if you have questions after running your audit and before applying to graduate.

  3. 3

    Complete a Graduation Application (For graduating students ONLY! Walker application link below)

    1. If you are not enrolled in residence at UT Austin in the semester you apply to graduate, you must complete and return the in absentia registration form, in addition to the online application. 
    2. Check your Registration Information Sheet and clear bars BEFORE you submit your in absentia registration form.
    3. If you are enrolled in at least six (6), but fewer than twelve (12), hours you may request full-time status for part-time enrollment by noting the request in the Student Remarks box in the online graduation application.
    4. If you don't see your certificate or minor in the drop down menu, enter the information in the Student Remarks box.
    5. If you have any questions, contact Student Records at

RSVP to the Ceremony

If you wish to participate in the May graduation ceremony, a separate RSVP to attend is required. After your application to graduate or walk is approved and beginning in February, you will receive an email to confirm your ceremony participation and claim tickets for your guests. 

Other Items

We urge you to complete the College of Natural Sciences Graduation Survey (a link will be emailed to you late in the semester). 

Also, determine whether you may be eligible for the Tuition Rebate program. You may submit an Application for Tuition Rebate during the semester in which you complete your degree requirements (earn a degree).


Graduate student standing alone outside, smiling

Attending our ceremony in a semester other than when you graduated? Do this.

A student may only apply to "walk" during a spring semester. You may apply to "walk" during a spring semester if:

  • You are NOT applying to graduate, OR
  • You received a degree from CNS in the previous fall semester, OR
  • You currently have fifteen (15) hours or fewer needed to complete your degree requirements.

Note that if you have already graduated, your degree information will be blank. This is not in error. CNS will enter this information when processing your application.

  1. 1

    Review your Degree Audit before applying to walk.

    If you have not yet graduated, you must have fifteen (15) hours or fewer hours needed to complete your degree.
    If you have any questions, contact Student Records at

  2. 2

    Complete the Walk Application
    To check your Graduation or Walk Application:

    1. Select Graduation Application Results if you applied to graduate (graduating in current semester)
    2. Select Walker App Results if you applied to walk (walker application is open only in spring semesters)

Permission to Print Name in Program

During the spring semester, if you did not indicate whether or not you gave permission to publish your name in the commencement program, please complete and return a "Consent to Publish" form.

Contact CNS Student Records

Student Records has information about support available to degree candidates.

Phone: (512) 232-9283