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

Participation in a graduation ceremony is optional.

The college will hold its last fall commencement ceremony in 2016.

The Fall 2016 graduation and walk applications will be opened by September 12, 2016.

Starting in 2017, the college will hold commencement ceremonies each May to honor the graduates and candidates of the academic year, comprised of Fall, Spring, and Summer. For example, August 2017 graduates may participate in the May 2017 ceremonies as "walkers." December 2017 graduates will be invited to participate in the May 2018 ceremonies since fall is the start of the new academic year.

The Summer 2016 graduation and walk applications are now open. The deadline to apply is July 15, 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?   note:  Not relevant FOR summer graduation applicants.

 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
 Walker policy to be determined. TBD TBD

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 Graduation Survey (link will be emailed to you in beginning in late July or early August)

    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):  NOTE:  NOT RELEVANT FOR SUMMER GRADUATION APPLICANTS.

  1.  Walk Application

    The Walk Application policy for Fall 2016 is to be determined.

    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.