Graduation

Graduation Process & Commencement Ceremony

Graduation

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Spring 2022 Commencement Ceremonies

Graduation

Date and Time

College and Departments

Majors

Ceremony 1

Friday, May 6th  at 6:00 PM

Graduate College

(Graduate only)

Graduate majors in MSAGN: Agricultural and Natural Resources Systems Management, MSCP: Sport Coaching & Performance MSFCS: Family and Consumer Sciences, MASCM: Strategic Communication, MBA: Business Administration, MSED: Teaching, MSED: Counseling, and MSED: Educational Leadership.

Ceremony 2

Saturday, May 7th at 10:00 AM

College of Education, Health and Behavioral Sciences and College of Humanities and Fine Arts,

(Undergraduate only)

Undergraduate majors in: Nursing, Special Education, Education: Integrated Studies, Secondary Education, Sociology, Social Work, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Health and Human Performance, Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Fine and Performing Arts, Communications, English, Spanish, Bachelors of Music, Bachelors of Arts in Music, Philosophy, History

Ceremony 3

Saturday, May 7th at 2:00 PM

College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, College of Business and Global Affairs, College of Engineering and Natural Sciences

(Undergraduate only)

Undergraduate majors in: Agricultural General, Agricultural Business, Natural Resources Management, Geosciences, Veterinary Science and Technology,  Family and Consumer Sciences, Accounting, Economics, Finance, Political Science, International Studies, Management, Marketing, Information Systems, Biology, Chemistry(BS), Chemistry (BSCH), BSE: Engineering, BSME: Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics  

 

Steps to Graduation for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

  • Step 1: Apply for Graduation via Banner Self-Service. See “How to Apply” below for those instructions and information
  • Step 2: Be sure to speak with your advisor and graduation specialist to ensure that you are on track to meet your graduation requirements
  • Step 3: Participation in the Commencement Ceremony is optional. However, if you plan to attend the Ceremony, you can purchase a cap and gown through the bookstore.
  • Step 4: Register for mandatory Senior Exit Exam through the UTM testing center.
  • Step 5: Clear account of any holds including the Bursar’s Office, Library, or Financial Aid Exit Counseling. Important! Holds will prevent the mailing of your diploma.
  • Step 6: Graduation Day. Arrive at the Elam Center as early as 45 minutes prior to ceremony time.
  • Finally: Review the After Graduation section for more information.

How to Apply for Graduation

  • Students (Undergraduate and Graduate) applying for graduation must apply online through Banner Self-Service
    • Please use the Intended Date of Graduation Application link in the Student Records tab.
  • Students are eligible to participate in graduation ceremonies upon completion of ALL requirements for the degree. Students participating in the graduation ceremonies will not receive the degree until they have fulfilled all degree requirements. Students receiving degrees in the previous August may walk in December.
  • RSVP Information will be sent out once details have been determined.

Spring 2022 RSVP Deadline

Students with a Spring 2022 graduation date have been contacted via email and text message (opt-in required) with the link to RSVP as of March 9, 2022. The RSVP deadline for Spring 2022 is March 20, 2022 at 11:59PM.

Walk Early

  • You may request from your college dean to walk in the commencement ceremony the semester prior to all your course work being completed, you must meet the following conditions.
    • Presentation of Documentation demonstrating inability (rather than choice) to attend the semester your course work is complete.
      • Examples of "inability" may include, but are not limited to: deployment to military duty, secured employment outside a 200-mile radius that requires you to work on Saturdays, graduate school acceptance outside a 200-mile radius that requires you to attend classes on Saturdays, etc.
    • Documentation of courses left to take after the semester you are requesting to participate in commencement.
    • Recommendation and signatures of your academic advisor indicating they have validated your documentation and agreeing that you should be allowed to participate in commencement a semester early.
    • Recommendation and signature of the department chair and dean.
  • Your request will be reviewed by the Registrar’s Office and additional communication will be sent if seating is available.
  • Spring 2022 RSVP deadline is March 20th at 11:59PM
  • Click Here to Access Request to Walk Early

Senior Exit Exam

All students are required to complete the Senior Exit Exam (s). Students will not be eligible to graduate until the exam(s) have been completed. If you are not sure if you need to take the test or have questions, please contact the department of your major.

 

Graduation Tickets

Each graduate that RSVPs to the ceremony will receive six (6) tickets.

 

Distribution of Tickets

Graduating students will be able to pick up their six (6) tickets from 330 Clement Hall starting April 25th at 8:00AM. Tickets will also be available at the Grand Finale in the Elam Center held on April 28th between 4PM and 5PM. Ticket pickup will conclude May 5th at 5:00PM. Tickets not picked up by May 5th at 5:00PM will be available to other graduates. Photo ID is required to pick up tickets.

 

If any extra tickets are available, these will be available at the Alumni tent that will be set up in front of the Tom and Kathleen Elam center one hour prior to the ceremony start time.

 

Commencement Day Etiquette

Additional information will be announced at a future date. Communication will be sent out to graduating seniors via their @ut.utm.edu email accounts. Please be sure to check it regularly for updates and deadlines for graduation.

 

Graduation Attire

Regalia is in stock at the bookstore through the day of graduation; you can come into the bookstore at anytime between now and May 6th to purchase your regalia. We will also be at the Elam Center on graduation day before your ceremony should you need any last-minute graduation items. You can also order online through November 5th at utm.shopoakhalli.com if you would like your regalia to be mailed to you.

 

Important Note: DO NOT IRON YOUR REGALIA! UTM uses Greenweaver gowns that are made from recycled water bottles. Using a hot iron will melt your gown; you can use a steamer to remove any wrinkles.

 

How to Wear Your Bachelor's Cap and Gown

How to Wear Your Master's Cap and Gown

 

Arrival Time

Additional information will be announced at a future date. Communication will be sent out to graduating seniors via their @ut.utm.edu email accounts. Please be sure to check it regularly for updates and deadlines for graduation.

Commencement Ceremony Process

Please walk up the ramp and your name will be read from the list as you cross the stage. The name that you provided on your RSVP will be the name that is read as you cross the stage. You will descend off of the stage and stop about half-way to have your picture made. Afterwards, you will return to your seat on the arena floor for the remainder of the ceremony.

 

Accessibility

We follow ADA guidelines for special seating for disabled guest and one companion; if special parking and/or seating is needed please call the Office of Disability Services at 731-881-7719.

 

Parking

Pictures

The University has arranged for a professional photographer for the ceremonies who will photograph each graduate as he/she crosses the stage to receive congratulations from the platform guests. All orders are handled strictly between the graduate and the photographer.

 

Graduation Flowers

The Commencement (Flowers) Group will again be set up to sell flowers, floral bouquets and gifts to families and friends of our graduates on Commencement Day (May 7th Only). They are strongly encouraging customers to take advantage of their online pre-order service. They will have plenty of flowers for onsite purchases as well. The pre-order link for commencement is: https://www.thecommencementgroup.com/uoftennesseemartin/

 

FAQs

Are tickets required to attend a graduation ceremony at UTM?

For Spring 2022 ceremonies, each attendee is required to have a ticket. Children 4 and under may sit in a lap and do not require a ticket.

 

When are graduation ceremonies held?

Graduation ceremonies are only held in December and May traditionally. Additional Information for May 2022 will be announced at a future date. Communication will be sent out to graduating seniors via their @ut.utm.edu email accounts. Please be sure to check it regularly for updates and deadlines for graduation.

When are degrees awarded at UTM?

Degrees are awarded at the end of the fall (December), spring (May), and summer (August) semesters.

 

Students must apply for Graduation to be considered a candidate for a degree. Graduation ceremonies are only held in December and May traditionally.

Can I participate in the upcoming graduation ceremony?

Students with a Spring 2022 graduation date have been contacted via email and text message (opt-in required) with the link to RSVP as of March 9, 2022. The RSVP deadline for Spring 2022 is March 20, 2022 at 11:59PM.

Is there a rehearsal

For Spring 2022 ceremonies, there is not a rehearsal.

How long do the graduation ceremonies last?

Additional Information will be announced at a future date for the May 2022 ceremony (ies).

Where do I get my cap and gown? What about graduation invitations?

UTM graduation candidates wear black caps and gowns

 

Caps and gowns can be purchased through the UTM Bookstore. The bookstore is located in the University Center. You can contact them at (731) 881-7760 with any questions.

Will my name appear in the program?

Names of all May graduates will be published in the May Commencement Program and all December graduates will be published in the December Commencement Program. August graduates will appear in the December program.

When will I get my diploma?

The Registrar’s Office will send an email once the diplomas have been mailed to your mailing address on file in Banner.

If friends and family can’t make it to the Elam Center, can they watch the ceremony online?

Yes! There is the live stream link for family and friends to watch the ceremony. The link will be posted closer to the commencement date.

Will someone be there taking pictures?

A professional photographer will take your picture as your cross the stage and as you exit the platform.