Commencement Schedule

December 2020

Ceremony Information

Ceremonies celebrating our 2020 May, August, and December graduates will take place at Texas Motor Speedway (Denton/Dallas) on Dec. 11 and 12 and at Heavy Construction Systems Specialists (HCSS) in Sugar Land (Houston) on Dec. 13. 

At these events, you will exit your vehicle in your regalia, receive your diploma cover, and have a formal photograph taken. This option allows us to maintain health and safety practices in order for your family to be present as we recognize your accomplishment.

Commencement Schedule Update

Due to inclement weather forecasted for Friday morning, the College of Arts and Sciences ceremony has been moved to Saturday at 2 p.m. We realize this may be inconvenient for some, but we need to ensure the safety of our graduates and our volunteers. Please see the updated schedule below.


College of Health Sciences - Friday, Dec. 11, 2020


Arrival time by program:

  • 12:15 p.m. Communication Sciences & Oral Health
  • 12:30 p.m. (UG) Health Promotion & Kinesiology (Last names A-L)
  • 12:45 p.m.  (UG) Health Promotion & Kinesiology (Last names M-Z)
  • 1:00 p.m.   (GR) Health Promotions & Kinesiology
  • 1:15 p.m.    Nutrition & Food Sciences
  • 1:30 p.m.    Occupational Therapy
  • 2:00 p.m.    Physical Therapy


College of Professional Education - Friday, Dec.11, 2020 

Arrival time by program:

  • 2:30 p.m. (UG) Human Dev., Family Studies & Counseling
  • 2:45 p.m. (GR) Human Dev., Family Studies & Counseling
  • 3:15 p.m. (UG) Teacher Education
  • 3:45 p.m. (GR) Teacher Education
  • 4:00 p.m.  Library & Information Studies
  • 4:15 p.m.  Literacy & Learning


College of Business - Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020 

Arrival time by academic level:

  • 8:45 a.m. Undergraduate
  • 9:30 a.m. Graduate 


College of Nursing & Bachelor of General Studies Program (BGS) -  Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020

Arrival time by program:

  • 10:30 a.m. Bachelor of General Studies (Last names A-L)
  • 11:00 a.m. Bachelor Of General Studies (Last names M-Z)
  • 11:30 a.m. (UG) Nursing (Last names A-L)
  • 12:00 p.m. (UG) Nursing (Last names M-Z)
  • 12:15 p.m. (GR) Nursing


College of Arts & Sciences (except BGS) - Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020

Arrival time by program:

  • 1:45 p.m. Biology
  • 2:00 p.m. Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • 2:15 p.m. Dance
  • 2:15 p.m. English, Speech & Foreign Language 
  • 2:30 p.m. Fashion & Textiles
  • 2:30 p.m. History & Political Science
  • 2:45 p.m. Math & Computer Science
  • 3:00 p.m. Music & Theatre
  • 3:15 p.m. Psychology & Philosophy
  • 3:30 p.m. Social Work
  • 3:45 p.m. Sociology
  • 4:00 p.m. Visual Arts
  • 4:15 p.m. Multicultural Women's & Gender Studies

Denton Commencement Schedule Guide by Major


The Houston graduates will also participate in a drive-through celebration in Sugar Land, Texas at the HCSS corporate campus.

College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business & College of Professional Education - Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020

Arrival time by College:

  • 1:15 p.m. College of Arts & Sciences (Biology, Fashion Design, General Studies, Informatics, Music, Sociology)
  • 1:30 p.m. College of Business 
  • 2:15 p.m. College of Professional Education (Child Life, Counseling & Development, Early Child Development & Education, Educational Leadership, Family Studies, Library Science, Marriage & Family Therapy, Teaching)


College of Health Sciences & College of Nursing - Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020

Arrival time by program:

  • 3:00 p.m. Nutrition & Food Sciences
  • 3:00 p.m. Occupational Therapy
  • 3:15 p.m. Physical Therapy
  • 3:15 p.m. All other College of Health Science programs
  • 3:30 p.m. (UG) Nursing (Last names A-L)
  • 3:45 p.m. (UG) Nursing (Last names M-Z)
  • 4:30 p.m. (GR) Nursing 


Graduates will be permitted access for 2 cars. 1 car for the graduate and guests and 1 car for additional guests.  Admittance tickets will be issued for the cars and will be checked before entering the venues.  Both cars must enter the venue together and the graduate must be in the lead car.  For easy exit, we ask that graduates ride in the back passenger seat behind the driver when possible. 

  • Graduating student name cards and ticket information will be e-mailed to students in early December.
  • For arrival times, please make sure you adhere to your time slot.  Times are assigned based on schools and graduate numbers.  To ensure a steady flow, please arrive at your designated time and follow the traffic directions.
  • The graduate will exit the car wearing their regalia, hand in their name card, cross to pick up their diploma cover and take a formal photograph, then return to their car
  • After returning to their car, they will follow traffic directions and exit the venue. 
  • Driving directions to Texas Motor Speedway
  • Driving directions to HCSS

Ceremonies will be livestreamed.

Page last updated 4:14 PM, December 11, 2020