Spring 2024 Commencement

Friday, May 10th

Hogg Memorial Auditorium (HMA), 2300 Whitis Avenue, Austin TX, 78705

Fall 2023, Spring 2024 and Summer 2024 graduates are welcome and encouraged to attend the May 2024 commencement ceremony.


8:00 – 9:45 am – Student check-in: Santa Rita room (UNB 3.502), Texas Union

9:45 – 9:55 am – Line-up for procession

10:00 am – 12:00pm – Ceremony

  • Ceremony begins promptly at 10 am
  • Doors will open for guest seating approximately 1 hour before the ceremony.
  • The college anticipates that the ceremony will last 1.5-2 hours. Out of respect for all graduates, please plan to arrive on time and be present until the end of the ceremony.
  • Participating graduates and faculty members, please review respective emails for arrival time, check-in room locations, etc.


Information regarding parking and directions is available on the University Commencement website, and the Parking and Transportation Services website. Please note that visitor traffic is significant during commencement days and you should anticipate longer travel and parking times.

Accessibility Drop Off

Mobility impaired candidates or guests who cannot walk comfortably more than 5′ are advised to bring their own wheelchair to the event. Due to the expected attendance, individuals are encouraged to secure the necessary equipment prior to arriving at the venue the day of the event.

Participating graduates are asked to notify the JSG commencement coordinator if any of their guests require accessibility and/or mobility assistance.

Campus Safety & Security

The university has security procedures in place for all commencement ceremonies and venues. Please review the information below and plan accordingly to avoid delays. For more information view the full policy.

  • Backpacks, tote bags, or any bags larger than 12 inches in any dimension will not be allowed into the venue.
  • Do not bring any packages that cannot be opened or inspected to the venue.
  • In addition, security officers may search all bags including purses, camera cases, etc. before allowing guests to enter the venue.
  • Those visitors bringing small bags should expect delays in order to enter the venue, and those with prohibited large bags will be turned away.

Personal Items

  • Visitors should be aware of the campus safety and security procedures referenced above regarding bags and other items allowed into the venue.
  • Graduates and participating faculty should not bring personal items (purses, coats) to the ceremony as they cannot be left in the prep/green room(s) and there is no area to secure them during the ceremony.
  • It is recommended that those participating in the ceremony carry cell phones and keys on a wristlet or in clothing with pockets.

Academic Regalia & Appropriate Dress

Academic Regalia

Academic Regalia is required for all degree candidates and consists of:

  Black Robe Mortar Board Tassel Hood Stole
BA/BS X X Geosciences N/A Geosciences
MA/MS X X Geosciences Geosciences N/A
PhD – Custom All inclusive set (burnt orange gown, hood, tam w/gold tassel) N/A
PhD – Traditional w/velvet inlays mortarboard or tam Geosciences or gold (depends on hat choice) Traditional Doctoral Hood N/A

Academic regalia may be purchased from the University Coop; Doctoral caps & gowns are available for purchase or rent (see University Co-op website for details).

 University Coop Regalia Purchase/Rental Deadlines

Doctoral Purchase March 1st
Doctoral Rental March 29th
Bachelor’s Purchase Deadline April 12th
Master’s Purchase Deadline April 12th

Graduating students that choose to borrow regalia, still need to purchase a tassel and stole or hood. Only academic related additions to the regalia are allowed (ex. UT Austin orange/white honor cords, honor society stoles, etc.)

Appropriate Dress

Students should wear an appropriate outfit, preferably business casual attire, underneath their regalia.

For safety reasons please be mindful of the shoes you plan to wear for the commencement ceremony. The stairs to and from the stage may be slick and rather steep. It is recommended that graduates not wear overly high heels or flip flops for the commencement ceremony.

Guest Seating

  • Seating for the JSG Spring Commencement ceremony will be available on a first-to-arrive, first-seated basis.
  • Seats cannot be held or reserved for late arriving guests.
  • Out of respect for our graduates, once the ceremony begins guests seated in the main auditorium are expected to attend the entire ceremony.

Accessibility Accommodations

  • Accessible seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-seated basis.
  • Mobility impaired candidates or guests who cannot walk comfortably more than 5’ are advised to bring their own wheelchairs to the event.
  • Due to the expected attendance, individuals are encouraged to secure the necessary equipment on their own prior to arriving at the venue the day of the event.
  • While every effort will be made we may be unable to fulfill every accommodation request, particularly those not conveyed in advance to the event coordinators. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

JSG Commencement Speaker

Dr. Patrick Abbott

University Commencement

All Jackson School graduates and their families are encouraged to take part in the University-wide Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium (DKR-TMS). Consult the event website for more information about pre-ceremony activities, parking, participant tickets and more.


Invitations may be purchased from the University Co-op.


Details to be provided once confirmed.


There are several steps to ensure you’re ready to receive your diploma. Visit the UT Registrar’s website for details and instructions asap.