Commencement Information

UTRGV graduate posing with family for a photograph.

Photograph Information

Photographs were taken by Lifetouch Special Events and are not provided to graduates by UTRGV electronically or by hard copy. Graduates receive proofs of their Commencement photographs via their UTRGV email addresses, which graduating students still have access to. Inquiries should be directed to Lifetouch directly and orders must be placed through them.

 

Graduate Information

Unless arranged through Student Accessibility Services, only graduating students may cross the stage. All family and guests must remain in their seats during the ceremony.

Commencement Locations 

FRIDAY, MAY 10 – Brownsville Ceremonies

Location:   Jacob Brown Auditorium at Texas Southmost College
Time:  9 a.m.
Ceremony: College of Liberal Arts
 
Time:  12 p.m.
Ceremonies: College of Health Professions
School of Nursing
School of Social Work 
 
Time: 3 p.m.
Ceremonies: Robert C. Vackar College of Business & Entrepreneurship
College of Education and P-16 Integration
College of Fine Arts 
 
Time: 6 p.m.
Ceremonies: College of Engineering and Computer Science
College of Sciences
Math and Science Academy

SATURDAY, MAY 11 – McAllen Ceremonies

Location:    McAllen Convention Center
Time: 9 a.m.
Ceremonies: College of Fine Arts
  College of Liberal Arts
    
Time:  1 p.m.
Ceremonies: Robert C. Vackar College of Business & Entrepreneurship
College of Health Professions
Cooperative Pharmacy Program
School of Nursing
School of Social Work
     
Time: 5 p.m.
Ceremonies: College of Education and P-16 Integration
College of Engineering and Computer Science
College of Sciences
Math and Science Academy 

Commencement Exercises

Students must be enrolled in or have all coursework/degree requirements completed to participate in commencement. Students should plan to participate in the ceremony that coincides with the completion of all degree requirements, in the fall or spring. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley confers degrees at the close of each semester/term. Summer degree completion candidates within 6 hours of completing degree requirements and enrolled for the summer will be allowed to participate in the May commencement ceremonies. All others may attend the December ceremonies. 

Regalia (Cap and Gown)

All students participating in the commencement ceremony are required to purchase the proper graduation regalia from the University Bookstore.  No student will be permitted to participate in the commencement ceremony without proper regalia.  Academic regalia may be adorned with stoles, ribbons, and other decoration associated with the student’s experience at UTRGV.  Adornment must be tasteful, inappropriate embellishments must be removed at the request of university officials leading commencement.

UTRGV Regalia: Designated Tassel and Hood Colors

Diplomas

Diploma tubes will be handed to degree candidates on stage during the ceremony. Official diplomas will be mailed by the Registrar’s Office for certified degrees beginning in mid-to-late July for spring graduates and mid-to-late October for summer graduates. Diplomas will be mailed to the mailing address on record. Log on to ASSIST to ensure your mailing address is current. Diploma tubes will only be given to candidates participating in the commencement ceremony and are not available for purchase.

Diplomas returned in the mail will be destroyed. If you have any questions or have not received notification of your graduation status, please contact the Office of the Registrar at graduation@utrgv.edu.