Commencement 2024

Friday, May 10, 2024, Bass Concert Hall, 8:00am to 10:00am

The College of Pharmacy holds commencement ceremonies each May to honor our graduates. Attendance at the graduation ceremony is optional.  The commencement speaker will be Dr. Kenneth S. Ramos of the Texas A&M University Health Science Center (read more about Dr. Ramos).

We anticipate this year’s event to be a traditional commencement ceremony with graduates walking across the stage. 

We will communicate any potential changes to the college’s commencement celebration via this webpage.

  • Participating graduate call time for the ceremony is 6:45am to 7:15am
  • Ceremony begins promptly at 8:00am, with guest arrival at 7:30am - doors will open for guest seating approximately 30 minutes before the ceremony.
  • The college anticipates that the ceremony will last 2 to 2.5 hours. Out of respect for all graduates, please plan to arrive on time and be present until the end of the ceremony.
  • Participating graduates and faculty members, please review respective FAQs for arrival time, check-in room locations, etc.

College of Pharmacy Commencement Details

Academic Regalia & Appropriate Dress

Academic Regalia

Academic Regalia is required for all degree candidates and may be purchased or rented from the University Co-op.  Students will be provided with additional information via email regarding academic regalia.

Appropriate Dress

Students should wear an appropriate outfit, preferably business casual attire, underneath their regalia.

For safety reasons, please be mindful of the shoes you plan to wear for the commencement ceremony. The stairs to and from the stage may be slick and rather steep. It is recommended that graduates not wear overly high heels or flip flops for the commencement ceremony.


Mobility impaired candidates or guests who cannot walk comfortably more than 5 feet are advised to bring their own wheelchair to the event. Due to the expected attendance, individuals are encouraged to secure the necessary equipment prior to arriving at the venue the day of the event.

Participating graduates are asked to notify the College of Pharmacy commencement team if any of their guests require accessibility and/or mobility assistance.

Accessible seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-seated basis.

While every effort will be made, we may be unable to fulfill every accommodation request, particularly those not conveyed in advance to the event coordinators. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Campus Safety & Security

The university has security procedures in place for all commencement ceremonies and venues. Please review the information below and plan accordingly to avoid delays. For more information view the full security policy.

  • Backpacks, tote bags, or any bags larger than 12 inches in any dimension will not be allowed into the venue.
  • Do not bring any packages that cannot be opened or inspected to the venue.
  • In addition, security officers may search all bags including purses, camera cases, etc., before allowing guests to enter the venue.
  • Those visitors bringing small bags should expect delays in order to enter the venue, and those with prohibited large bags will be turned away.

There are several steps to ensure you’re ready to receive your diploma. Visit the UT Registrar’s website for details and instructions.

Guest Seating
  • Seating for the College of Pharmacy Spring Commencement ceremony will be available on a first-to-arrive, first-seated basis.
  • Seats cannot be held or reserved for late arriving guests.
  • Out of respect for our graduates, once the ceremony begins, guests seated in the main auditorium are expected to attend the entire ceremony.

Invitations may be purchased from the University Co-op.


Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Dr., Austin TX, 78712

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Information regarding parking and directions will be available on the University Commencement website and the Parking and Transportation Services website. Please note that visitor traffic is significant during commencement days, and you should anticipate longer travel and parking times.

Personal Items
  • Visitors should be aware of the campus safety and security procedures referenced above regarding bags and other items allowed into the venue.
  • Graduates should not bring personal items (purses, coats) to the ceremony as they cannot be left in the prep/green room(s), and there is no area to secure them during the ceremony.
  • It is recommended that those participating in the ceremony carry cell phones and keys on a wristlet or in clothing with pockets.

Details to be provided once confirmed.

University-Wide Commencement

Event Details (subject to change)

Saturday, May 11, 2024

The university-wide commencement ceremony takes place following all of the convocations and is the culmination of Commencement weekend. Degree candidates from every college and school are eligible to participate.

At this ceremony, students are recognized with others from their college or school as a group rather than individually.

You will receive further information from the University about this ceremony when it becomes available.  Please monitor the University Commencement website for additional details.


Night photo of commencement fireworks at UT Tower