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Commencement Student The College of Natural Sciences awards degrees three times in the academic year:  December, May, and August.

A student must apply to graduate in the semester they intend to complete their degree requirements.

The College of Natural Sciences holds commencement ceremonies once a year, in May.

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 ns.student.records@austin.utexas.edu


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

  1. Graduation Application

    The Graduation Application for Fall 2020 will open September 14, 2020. Please review a current degree audit and inform us how you are completing any lacking requirements when you fill out your graduation application.

    The deadline to apply to graduate is October 29, 2020. If you wait until close to the deadline to apply, you can expect a delayed response due to the large number of students who wait until the deadline to apply.

    If you are an in absentia graduation candidate (not enrolled in residence at UT in Fall 2020), you must complete and return the in absentia registration form in addition to submitting the online application. The in absentia form is embedded in the online graduation application and is available to download for 24 hours. If the 24 hour period lapses, contact ns.student.records@austin.utexas.edu to request the in absentia registration form.

  2. College of Natural Sciences Graduation Survey (link will be emailed to you in November.

  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 17, 2020.

  4. If you meet the requirements for full-time enrollment status for half-time enrollment during your graduating semester and you are required to be full-time, you may request full-time status in the Student Remarks box above the submit button in the online graduation application.

Spring 2021 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. The Walk Application for Spring 2021 will open January 25. Only alumni who earned their undergraduate degrees in December 2020 or future graduation candidates who plan to graduate in August 2021 may apply. Due to space limitations, walk applicants who have not earned their Natural Sciences degrees must lack 15 hours or less after completion of in residence Spring 2021 courses to be approved.

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)


Permission to print name in Commencement program:


If when you applied to graduate or to walk with the College of Natural Sciences, you did not indicate whether you wanted your name published in the commencement program, please complete and return the consent to publish  form.