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2020 Commencement Dates + Deadlines

Graduation Application Deadlines:

  • Spring 2020 candidates – last day of fall 2019 classes (Wednesday, December 4, 2019)
    • Submit your application as soon as possible if you will be graduating in the Spring 2020 semester.
  • Summer 2020 candidates – last day of spring 2020 classes (Friday, April 24, 2020)

The graduation application can be located by logging into your MyUTK account.

Spring 2020 Commencement Dates

College of Architecture and Design Commencement and Hooding Ceremony (this includes Undergraduate/Bachelor candidates and Graduate/Master candidates from the college): Thursday, May 7 at 9:00 a.m. at Thompson Boling Assembly Center and Arena

University Graduate Hooding Ceremony (Graduate/Master’s Candidates only): Thursday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Thompson Boling Assembly Center and Arena

Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony Information

  • A mandatory meeting for all students participating in the spring commencement will be held on Wednesday, January 8th in A+A 103 A at 5:45 p.m.
  • Students who graduate in Fall 2019 or Summer 2020 may participate in the college’s spring commencement ceremony
  • Mandatory Commencement Ceremony Walkthrough: TBD
  • Graduation Celebration, a reception and exhibit of graduate work, will be held after the college’s spring ceremony from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Art + Architecture Building and Humanities Grove.

General Information:

Day-of Commencement Information:


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2020 Student Information Sheet

The Student Information Sheet for Spring 2020 Commencement and Hooding is due January 15, 2020. Please open and download the PDF.  Do not fill out the PDF prior to the download. If you have any issues or questions about the Student Information Sheet, contact Jennifer Flatford at or 865-974-6714.

Details about Commencement

  • The college’s commencement on Thursday, May 7 includes hooding and is a rather intimate ceremony for the approximately 100 graduates of the College of Architecture and Design and their 900 guests. This ceremony includes welcoming comments, short speeches by elected student speakers from each degree program, hooding and conferring of diplomas.
  • Commencement will last approximately 1.5 to 2 hours; tickets are not required.
  • Guest parking for commencement can be found here.
  • Please click here for the security information regarding commencement.
  • Graduation Celebration is a special event in the college, which combines our traditional reception at the A+A Building and nearby Humanities Grove with a showcase of graduating students’ work. Graduation Celebration is May 7, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The free event is for graduates, families, friends and alumni.
  • Some student organizations have special graduation regalia, such as honor cords or stoles. If you are a member of an organization, your president or designated officer will let you know what to order or rent.
  • The Office of the Dean will order cords for the following: Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Cum Laude. Honors and Levels of Distinction can be found here.
  • Students who do not plan to participate in commencement also have requirements before receiving their diplomas. Please watch for information from Jennifer Flatford, 865-974-6714.
  • The University of Tennessee offers a university-wide graduate hooding ceremony on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at Thompson-Boling Arena. This is for 2020 M. Arch and MLA graduates, families and friends. Tickets are not required. Details on graduate/master-level deadlines are at