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University Set for Record Spring Commencement
More Than 4,100 Students to Participate in Ceremonies Starting May 8

graduates in regalia pose before a previous commencement ceremony

Formal commencement ceremonies will be held May 8-11 in the Activity Center. Spring 2018 graduates are invited to celebrate their accomplishments at Comets Take Flight at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center.

The University of Texas at Dallas’ Class of 2018 will be celebrated at spring commencement ceremonies May 8-11 at the Activity Center.

The ceremonies will accommodate the largest graduation cohort in UT Dallas history, including this spring’s class of 2,393 bachelor’s students, 2,090 master’s students and 107 doctoral candidates. More than 4,100 students are expected to participate in the various commencement ceremonies.

The week’s formal ceremonies begin Tuesday, May 8, with Honors Convocation and the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony.

Honors Convocation recognizes undergraduate students earning Latin honors, major honors or Collegium V honors. At the hooding ceremony, faculty and students dress in traditional regalia. Candidates will take the stage and have doctoral hoods placed over their heads by their advisors, signifying completion of the doctoral program.

Four commencement ceremonies on Wednesday, May 9, will recognize the 1,943 students expected to earn degrees this spring from the Naveen Jindal School of Management. This marks the first semester for which the Jindal School’s ceremonies have been divided into four separate events.

On Thursday, 421 students are eligible for the ceremony for the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, while 1,078 may participate in the two events scheduled for the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.

For Friday’s ceremonies, the potential student totals are as follows: 190 for the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences; 167 for the School of Interdisciplinary Studies; 464 for the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences; 105 for the School of Arts and Humanities; and 237 for the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication.

After each commencement, family, friends and graduates are invited for refreshments, photo opportunities and giveaways at Memories on the Mall. The tradition honors the University’s newest alumni and gives graduates the opportunity to reflect on their experiences at UT Dallas.

 

Spring 2018 Commencement Speakers

Megan Badejo
Megan Badejo, BS, healthcare studies, School of  Interdisciplinary Studies
Esther Goldstein
Esther Goldstein, BS, computer science, Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
Yashna Hemrajani
Yashna Hemrajani, MS, information technology, Naveen Jindal School of Management
Mimi Newman
Mimi Newman, BA, visual and performing arts, School of Arts and Humanities
Aniket Patil
Aniket Patil, MS, mechanical engineering, Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
Matthew Salm
Matthew Salm, BS, mathematics, School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Rebecca Tjahja
Rebecca Tjahja, BS, finance, Naveen Jindal School of Management
Elaine Xueqi Wang
Elaine Xueqi Wang, MS, management science, Naveen Jindal School of Management
Mabroor Wassey
Mabroor Wassey, MBA, MS, supply chain management, Naveen Jindal School of Management
Caitlyn Wenner
Caitlyn Wenner, MS, communication disorders, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Spring 2018 Commencement Schedule

All events will be held in the Activity Center.

Tuesday, May 8

10 a.m. Honors Convocation

New time: 2 p.m. Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Wednesday, May 9

9 a.m. Naveen Jindal School of Management – Ceremony 1

11:30 a.m. Naveen Jindal School of Management – Ceremony 2

2 p.m. Naveen Jindal School of Management – Ceremony 3

4:30 p.m. Naveen Jindal School of Management – Ceremony 4

Thursday, May 10

9 a.m. School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

11:30 a.m. Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science – Ceremony 1

2 p.m. Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science – Ceremony 2

Friday, May 11

9 a.m. School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences; School of Interdisciplinary Studies

11:30 a.m. School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

2 p.m. School of Arts and Humanities; School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication

Parking

Guests are advised to arrive early. Parking (see map) will be available in designated lots and shuttles will be running. Accessible parking will be available in Lot J, which is closest to the Activity Center.

Spring 2018 Grad Facts

Oldest Graduate: 80

Youngest Graduates: 19 (six graduates)

Most popular majors:

Graduate: Information Technology and Management (440 anticipated degrees)BS: Computer Science (215 anticipated degrees)BA: Arts and Technology (165 anticipated degrees)A Glimpse of Your Commencement Day

Want to know what commencement day will be like? Watch this first-person video.

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Share your glimpses of graduation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #UTDGrad. We will include the best Tweets, photos and sentiments in our graduation coverage on our #UTDGrad Tagboard.

Helpful Links

Ceremony Instructions

Live Webcasts of Ceremonies

Commencement FAQ

Media Contact: The Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, [email protected].