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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 events once a year, in May. In May 2021, in lieu of an a traditional commencement ceremony, the college will host moments of recognition for graduates on May 21 and 22. 

To be individually recognized at the college's 2021 spring commencement events, you must both apply to graduate (or walk) and register for a Graduate Recognition Moment. These two actions are necessary to participate in College of Natural Sciences commencement events and are independent of any additional sign-ups to participate in the University-wide ceremony Saturday evening.

What do i need to apply to graduate?    

1. Review your Degree Audit before applying to graduate.

2. Contact your advisor if you have questions after running your audit and before applying to graduate.

You will be asked to indicate how remaining degree requirements will be satisfied in the application.

3. Complete a Graduation Application

Spring 2021: The Graduation Application for Spring 2021 deadline to apply to graduate was April 5, 2021.

a. If you are not enrolled in residence at UT Austin in the semester you apply to graduate, you must complete and return the in absentia registration form, in addition to the online application. The in absentia registration 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.

Note that the Office of the Registrar will not register a student who has a financial or other hold (bar) on their record.

b. If you are enrolled in at least six (6), but fewer than twelve (12), hours you may request full-time status for part-time enrollment by noting the request in the Student Remarks box in the online graduation application.

c. If you are applying to graduate in the spring, please answer the question on the application regarding whether or not we may print your name in the commencement program. If you have any questions, contact Student Records at ns.student.records@austin.utexas.edu

d. If you don't see your certificate or minor in the drop down menu, enter the information in the Student Remarks box.

e. If you have any questions, contact Student Records at ns.student.records@austin.utexas.edu

4. Complete the College of Natural Sciences Graduation Survey (a link will be emailed to you late in the semester).

5. Determine whether you may be eligible for the Tuition Rebate program.

You are eligible to submit an Application for Tuition Rebate during the semester in which you earn a degree. The deadline for Natural Sciences to receive your Application for Tuition Rebate for Spring 2021 is 5PM on May 21, 2021.

Factoid: A diploma contains the title of a degree earned. Some degree titles include the field of study, such as a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Other degree titles, such as Bachelor of Science and Arts, do not include the field of study.


What do I need to apply to walk?


You may apply to "walk" during a spring semester if:

  • You are NOT applying to graduate. (A student who is approved to graduate in a spring semester is automatically allowed to participate in a CNS commencement ceremony.)
  • You received a degree from CNS in the previous fall semester (Fall 2020), OR
  • You currently have fifteen (15) hours or fewer needed to complete your degree requirements.

1. Review your Degree Audit before applying to walk.

If you have not yet graduated, you must have fifteen (15) hours or fewer hours needed to complete your degree.

If you have any questions, contact Student Records at ns.student.records@austin.utexas.edu

2. Complete the Walk Application

Spring 2021: The Walk Application for Spring 2021 deadline to apply to walk was April 5, 2021. 

Note that if you have already graduated, your degree information will be blank. This is not in error. CNS will enter this informatin when processing your application.


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 or not you wanted your name published in the commencement program, please complete and return the consent to publish form.