Policies and Procedures


All undergraduate students who intend to receive a degree from The University of Texas-Pan American must complete a graduation application available online on ASSIST by the published deadline in the University Calendar which is approximately six months prior to the intended date of graduation. Applications received after the deadline will be processed for the next available graduation date. These deadlines are necessary in order for prospective graduates to be notified of any deficiencies in time to register for the appropriate coursework.


A nonrefundable graduation fee of $32 is charged for undergraduate and graduate degrees. The fee is payable online on ASSIST or at Payments and Collections, located in the Student Services Building, Room 1.145. The fee is used to pay for the processing of applications for graduation, music, graduation speakers, postage, diplomas and other expenses associated with graduation.


Prospective graduates who have submitted their Application for graduation and do not meet graduation requirements for that graduation date must "transfer" their application to a later graduation date. Students will be required to pay an additional $10 fee each time the graduation date is transferred.


Students must be enrolled in or have all coursework/degree requirements completed to participate in commencement. With a commencement ceremony at the end of each academic semester including summer, students should plan to participate in the ceremony that coincides with the completion of all degree requirements. Students will not be allowed to march in an earlier ceremony. The University of Texas-Pan American confers degrees four times each year - December, May, July, and August. Commencement exercises are scheduled for December, May, and August. July and August graduates may attend the August commencement exercises.


All students participating in the commencement ceremony are required to purchase the proper graduation regalia from the University Bookstore. (No student will be permitted to participate without the proper regalia.)


In order to ensure that information regarding graduation requirements, deficiencies and commencement exercises are received on a timely basis. All correspondence is sent to your assigned UTPA bronc email account. Prospective graduates will not receive special consideration for lack of knowledge of graduation requirements, deficiencies or deadlines.


Upon graduation, a student receiving a bachelor's degree is listed with "Honors" based on accordance with the following standards based on his or her final Institutional GPA:

  • Summa Cum Laude GPA of 3.9 to 4.0
  • Magna Cum Laude GPA of 3.7 to 3.89
  • Cum Laude GPA of 3.5 to 3.69

Honors are listed in the graduation program based on the student's Institutional GPA prior to completion of his or her last semester of coursework, and does not guarantee graduation with honors upon calculation of the overall Institutional GPA after the student's last semester has been completed.


Tickets are required for all guests who plan to attend the commencement ceremonies. The prospective graduates will be notified via email when tickets become available at the Office of the Registrar.


All commencement ceremonies are video recorded and will be uploaded to a Video On Demand website. These recordings will be available for viewing two weeks after the date of the commencement ceremonies. The recordings will be available for viewing at the following link: