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. Starting in 2017, the college will hold commencement ceremonies each May to honor the graduates and candidates of the entire academic year (past Fall, current Spring, and future Summer). For example, August 2017 graduates may participate in the May 2017 ceremonies as "walkers." Since the academic year begins in fall, December 2017 graduates will be invited to participate in the May 2018 ceremonies.

The Fall 2016 graduation and walk applications are now open. The deadline to apply is 5 pm on November 1, 2016. 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



I WILL complete my degree requirements but I DO NOT WANT to walk across the stage



I graduated in August 2016 and I would like to walk across the stage in December 2016.



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

fall 2016 Master's and Phd GRADUATES

Candidates earning advanced degrees (Master's and PhD's) from the College of Natural Sciences in Fall 2016 are invited to participate in the December 3, 2016 commencement ceremony. To request to participate, please sign up HERE

Candidates should have already applied to graduate with the Graduate School, and must sign up with the college by November 4, 2016. Candidates must wear academic regalia, available for rental or purchase from the University Co-op.

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

  1. Graduation Application
  2. Quest Assessment for accreditation purposes (should directly follow Graduation Application submission)
  3. College of Natural Sciences Graduation Survey (link will be emailed to you in beginning in 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.

walk candidates:  to walk across the stage (without receiving your diploma):  NOTE:  NOT RELEVANT FOR SUMMER GRADUATION APPLICANTS.

  1.  Walk Application

    The Walk Application is for August 2016 graduates who did not particpate in the May 2016 ceremonies.

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.