Commencement-2007 17123The 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.

Click here for details on the upcoming ceremony

The College of Natural Sciences ceremonies are celebrated in the fall and spring semesters. Participation is optional. Summer graduates can ask to participate in the preceding spring or following fall ceremony.

The Spring 2016 graduation and walk applications are now open. The deadline to apply is April 4, 2016, at 5 pm. In absentia candidates (not enrolled in residence) should apply at least a week in advance of the deadline.

what action should I take?

 Bachelor candidates Complete Graduation Application Complete Walk Application
  I WILL complete my degree requirements and I WANT to walk across the stage YES NO
I WILL complete my degree requirements but I DO NOT WANT to walk across the stage YES NO
 I WILL lack 15 hours or less to complete my degree requirements and graduate in Summer, and I WANT to walk across the stage NO YES

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
  2. College of Natural Sciences (CNS) Quest Assessment (you will be taken into this assessment following the graduation application)
  3. College of Natural Sciences Graduation Survey (link will be emailed to you in beginning in late April or early May)

    Approved graduation applicants are automatically eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony.

    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.

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

  1.  Walk Application

    The Walk Application is for students who are not completing their degree requirements and will lack 15 hours or less after completion of the spring semester.

    Note to Walkers:  You MUST apply to graduate in a future semester when you are completing your requirements. If you do not to apply for graduation in that future semester, your degree will not be awarded.

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 not open during summers)


Click here to view pictures from our graduation ceremonies.