Commencement Student The College of Natural Sciences awards diplomas three times in the academic year:  December, May, and August. All students completing their coursework must apply to graduate online in order to receive their diplomas.

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The College of Natural Sciences holds commencement ceremonies each May to honor the graduates and candidates of the entire academic year (past Fall, current Spring, and future Summer). May 2018 participants will be December 2017 graduates, and May 2018 and August 2018 potential graduates. Participation in the May graduation ceremony is optional.

Information regarding the May 2018 ceremonies will be published when made available to the college by the University Events Office. If the University Events Office schedules Natural Sciences commencement ceremonies according to how they have been scheduled in past years, we anticipate that the ceremonies will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2018. We expect confirmation of the dates/times sometime during March 2018. As soon as the dates/times are confirmed, we will update the Ceremony page.

what action should I take?   

Please review your Degree Audit before applying to graduate. In your application, you will be asked to indicate how remaining degree requirements will be satisfied.

If you have any questions, contact Student Records at


graduation candidates:  to receive your diploma, complete the following:

  1. Graduation Application

    The Graduation Application for Fall 2017 is now open. Please review a current degree audit and inform us how you are completing any lacking requirements.

  2. College of Natural Sciences Graduation Survey (link will be emailed to you in late October/early November)

    If you are an in absentia graduation candidate (not enrolled in residence at UT), you must complete and return the in absentia registration form, in addition to submitting the online application.

  3. Read about the Tuition Rebate program. You are eligible to apply for the Tuition Rebate during the semester in which you are earning your degree. The deadline for Natural Sciences to receive your completed tuition rebate form is 5 pm on December 22, 2017.

Spring walk candidates:  to walk across the stage without receiving your diploma (Spring semesters only)

  1.  Walk Application

    The Walk Application is only open during spring semesters when the college holds commencement ceremonies. Therefore, it is closed in Fall 2017. 

To check your Graduation or Walk application results, log onto cns SECURE WEB SERVICES:

  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)

Click here to view pictures from our graduation ceremonies.