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Congratulations to the College of Natural Sciences Class of 2021!

Graduate Recognition Moments & virtual convocation ceremony

Friday, May 21 & Saturday, May 22 | Gearing Hall


In recognition of graduates’ achievements, the college will hold livestreamed ceremonial moments of recognition for each graduate, with scheduling determined by major. Graduates will participate either in person or 100% online during the scheduled time, provided all of the required deadlines are met. Those participating in person will cross a small outdoor stage in the Gearing Courtyard with the UT Tower in the background and accompaniment of two guests who may watch the stage crossing moment (weather permitting); those participating remotely will have their names announced while a personalized slide is shown during the same event. All Graduate Recognition Moments will be streamed live to allow the moment to be shared with extended family and friends.  On Saturday afternoon, following recognition moments, Dean David Vanden Bout will host an online community celebration, which will feature inspiring speeches, and special content especially for 2021 graduates, including videos from our Natural Sciences community.


Important Dates & Deadlines (subject to change)

Participants must have met the deadlines in bold to participate 

Note to graduates: The deadline to register for Graduate Recognition Moments has passed.  Multiple messages were sent via SMS text and email, beginnning on Thursday, April 22. Thank you to all who registered by the deadline. 

April 5

Deadline to apply to graduate or walk in May

April 22 *SMS text* with registration form for Graduate Recognition Moments sent to all seniors who applied or were approved to graduate by April 5 for whom CNS had a number on record
April 30

Deadline to register for CNS Graduate Recognition Moments

Deadline to purchase regalia from the University Co-Op

May 14

Deadline to submit content for remote graduates slides (Graduates received an email May 11 with links to submit personal photos and quotes)

Deadline to submit "preferred name" updates

May 17 - 18 Communication with final logistics sent to graduates who registered by the April 30 deadline
May 17 - 20 Remote grads to receive packages by mail (domestic, international packages may take longer to arrive)
May 21 & 22 CNS Graduate Recognition Moments at Gearing Hall Courtyard (and via livestream)
May 22 CNS Virtual Ceremony and University Ceremony at Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium
July 16 Deadline to apply to graduate in August if you were approved to walk in May
 

FAQ

Reference our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to many common questions.

 

Schedule and Livestream Links

Scheduling is based on major. Graduates will receive an email message with their specific time to attend. 

Each major segment will begin with 15 minutes of special livestreamed video content followed by remote graduate slides and name announcements and then transition to live graduate moments in the Gearing Courtyard.

 

FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2021

LIVESTREAM LINK

MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE, PUBLIC HEALTH, TEXTILES AND APPAREL

Graduate Arrival: 8:30 AM
Livestream Start: 9:00 AM
Graduate Moments: 9:15 – 10:15 AM

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCES, HUMAN ECOLOGY

Graduate Arrival: 10:00 AM
Livestream: 10:15 AM
Graduate Moments: 10:30 – 11:15 AM

NUTRITION

Graduate Arrival: 11:00 AM
Livestream: 11:15 AM
Graduate Moments: 11:30 AM – 12: 15 PM

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Graduate Arrivals: 12:00 PM and 12:45 PM
Livestream Start: 12:15 AM
Graduate Moments: 12:30 – 2:00 PM

MATHEMATICS

Graduate Arrival: 1:45 PM
Livestream Start: 2:00 PM
Graduate Moments: 2:15 – 3:00 PM

CHEMISTRY

Graduate Arrival: 2:45 PM
Livestream Start: 3:00 PM
Graduate Moments: 3:15 – 3:45 PM

ASTRONOMY AND PHYSICS

Graduate Arrival: 3:30 PM
Livestream Start: 3:45 PM
Graduate Moments: 4:00 – 4:30 PM

SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2021

LIVESTREAM LINK

COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY, ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION, & BEHAVIOR, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, HUMAN BIOLOGY, MARINE SCIENCE

Graduate Arrival: 8:30 AM
Livestream Start: 9:00 AM
Graduate Moments: 9:15 – 10:15 AM

BIOCHEMISTRY, CELLULAR & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, MICROBIOLOGY & INFECTIOUS DISEASES, PLANT BIOLOGY

Graduate Arrival: 9:45 AM and 10:30 AM
Livestream Start: 10:00 AM
Graduate Moments: 10:15 – 11:30 AM

BIOLOGY, BIOLOGY HONORS, BIOLOGY - TEACHING OPTION, GENETICS & GENOMICS

Graduate Arrival: 11:15 AM AND 12:15 PM
Livestream Start: 11:30 AM
Graduate Moments: 11:45 AM – 1:45 PM

NEUROSCIENCE

Graduate Arrival: 1:30 PM
Livestream Start: 1:45 PM
Graduate Moments: 2:00 – 3:00 PM

SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2021

CNS COMMUNITY CEREMONY

Livestream Start:  4:00 PM

LIVESTREAM LINK

 

Eligibility

Two separate forms had to be submitted by their respective deadlines for anyone who plans to participate in 2021 CNS graduation events. All students who met the April 5th application deadline to walk or graduate this spring, or who were already approved to graduate in December 2020, received further instruction and details regarding the Graduate Recognition Moments. All those who met the April 30 registration deadline for graduate recognition moments will receive details to participate live or virtually in these moments. Due to the nature of scheduling and maintaining safety protocols, late applicants will not be able to participate.  

2020 grads (May and August) will be invited back to a university-wide event in September.

 

Safety Protocols

All plans for Commencement are being guided by the University's COVID Investigating Committee and based on current public health guidelines, have been developed to celebrate the class of 2021 safely and responsibly.  While Commencement plans for May 2021 are within the current health guidelines, they will be evaluated monthly by the COVID Investigating Committee and are subject to change at any time based on changing conditions.

Due to COVID-19, during in-person Graduate Recognition Moments, social distance will be maintained and face masks (that follow University guidance, covering both nose and mouth) are required for all attendees.

If you are feeling unwell or showing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home, even if you are scheduled to attend a Graduate Recognition Moment.

All Texas adults are eligible for vaccination against COVID-19. Graduates who are not already vaccinated are strongly encouraged to take advantage of UT’s Proactive Community Testing Program in the days leading up to commencement. Guests who are not already vaccinated are strongly encouraged to take advantage of testing through their primary care physician or a community clinic before arriving on campus.

For more details about safety protocols in place, please visit our FAQ.