Graduation & Honors

Graduation

Undergraduate students in the College of Education must apply to graduate during their final semester of coursework. If you are officially enrolled in the College of Education, you may apply to graduate online after the twelfth class day (fourth class day in the summer) of the semester in which you plan to graduate.

The College of Education Graduation Application must be submitted online by the University deadline to apply for an undergraduate degree. The official University deadline to apply varies from semester to semester, but typically occurs at the end of March for spring graduates, the end of July for summer graduates, and the end of October for fall graduates. Please consult the current semester's Academic Calendar for the exact date.

Students in the College of Education may not enroll in correspondence courses via UT Distance Education or in courses at other institutions in their final semester leading to graduation. If a correspondence course is currently in progress, a final grade must be posted to the academic record before a student may submit an application for graduation. 

All outstanding coursework required for the degree must be posted to the academic record before a student may apply for graduation. Grades for outstanding transfer coursework, UT Distance Education correspondence coursework, or courses claimed by Credit by Exam must be posted to the academic record before a student may apply for graduation.

Important Note: We suggest that you run an Interactive Degree Audit (IDA) prior to applying online in order to verify your eligibility for graduation. If any degree requirements are not met, you should contact an Academic Advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Office in SZB 216 or BEL 1005.

Registration In Absentia

Degree candidates who have completed all requirements for graduation and who need to register at the University solely for the purpose of having a degree conferred must register in absentia. If you are NOT currently enrolled at the University, but have completed your degree requirements and would like to graduate, you must register in absentia. Students must be registered at the University in the semester they wish to graduate.

The in absentia registration fee is $25. If you were not enrolled at the University during the immediate previous long (fall or spring) semester, you must also submit a readmission application and a readmission fee of $60. These fees will be billed to you on your What I Owe page, so be sure to check your page regularly for these fees to appear. The in absentia form and the readmission application should both be submitted to The College of Education Student Affairs Office.

Regular readmission application deadlines are not observed when students are applying for in absentia graduation. The readmission application should be submitted to the College of Education at the same time the student applies for graduation, before the graduation application deadline. All financial and non-financial bars must be cleared. Keep in mind this type of registration does not constitute student status: Identification cards will not be validated, University facilities cannot be used, and students are not eligible for University housing or financial aid.

Students who are completing their degree requirements through University Extension classes and are not enrolled in any regular University of Texas at Austin in residence classes are not considered to be enrolled at the University and must register in absentia in order to apply for graduation.

All degree requirements must be completed and posted to a student's University academic record before the student may apply for in absentia graduation. Grade change requests, final correspondence or distance education grades, official transcripts, credit by exam, etc., must be submitted before the graduation application deadline.

Students registering in absentia must still apply for graduation online. Applications for registering in absentia and readmission are available in SZB 216, and are accepted beginning the first day of class. The deadline to submit all documentation is the same as the official University deadline to apply for an undergraduate degree. The deadline typically occurs at the end of March for spring graduates, the end of July for summer graduates, and the end of October for fall graduates. Please consult the current semester's Course Schedule for the exact date.

NOTE: Students may contact Caroline Calderon at 512-471-3223 with any questions about the application process.

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Honors Recognition

University Honors

Each semester, undergraduates who complete a full course load and earn outstanding grades are recognized by inclusion on the University Honors list. Each time a student is included on the list, his or her official record also shows the award of University Honors for that semester. The list is compiled at the end of the fall and spring semesters but not at the end of the summer session.

To be included on the University Honors list, a student must:

  1. be enrolled full-time (a minimum of 12 semester hours),

  2. earn at least 45 grade points for the semester,

  3. earn at least a 3.5 GPA on courses completed in residence, and

  4. have no incomplete grades (symbol X).

Students are notified on the semester grade report of their inclusion on the list.

(General Information Bulletin 2007-2008, p. 102)

College Scholars

On Honors Day each spring, the University designates outstanding students as College Scholars and Distinguished College Scholars. Students who are eligible for recognition receive invitations to the Honors Day convocation about three weeks before Honors Day.

To be designated a College Scholar, a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. The student must be registered as an undergraduate in the current semester. Students who hold an undergraduate degree or are registered in-absentia are not eligible.

  2. The student must have completed at least 30 semester hours of coursework in residence at the university and at least 60 semester hours of college coursework, including transferred work and credit by examination.

  3. The student must rank in the top 20% of their class in each college or school in which he or she is pursuing a major, based on in-residence cumulative grade-point average.

  4. The student must have an in-residence university grade-point average of at least 3.50.

To be designated a Distinguished College Scholar, a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. The student must meet the first, second and fourth College Scholar requirements stated above.

  2. The student also must rank in the top 4% of his or her class in each college or school in which he or she is pursuing a major, based on in-residence cumulative grad- point average.

(General Information Bulletin 2007-2008, p. 102)

College Scholars will receive invitations to Honors Day ceremonies about 3 weeks before the ceremonies take place.

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Graduation with University Honors

Undergraduates in the College of Education are eligible to graduate with University Honors if they:

  1. have completed at least 60 semester hours in residence at UT Austin,

  2. have at least a 3.50 GPA in courses taken in residence at UT Austin, and

  3. are ranked in the top 20% of the graduating class.

*Please note that designation as a College Scholar or a Distinguished College Scholar will be based on eligibility calculations by the Office of the Registrar as of 5 p.m. on the 20th class day of the semester in which the Honors Day Ceremony is held.

The top 4% of the graduating class who meet all the requirements will receive Highest Honors, the next 6% will receive High Honors, and the next 10% will receive Honors. Those students receiving Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors will have it noted on their official transcripts, as well as on their diplomas.

The May graduating class for each academic year sets the GPA requirements for August and December graduates. For example, if students who graduate with University Honors in May earned GPA's of 3.6950 and higher, then only students who meet all the qualifications and have GPA's of 3.6950 or higher will graduate with University Honors in August and December of that academic year.

(General Information Bulletin 2007-2008, p. 103)

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Tuition Rebate for Undergraduates

An undergraduate may be eligible for a tuition rebate of up to $1,000 after graduation if he or she has attempted no more than three semester hours beyond the minimum number of hours required for the degree. Students desiring to qualify for a tuition rebate are solely responsible for enrolling only in courses that will qualify them for the rebate.

A student will be eligible for the rebate if ALL the following criteria are met:

  1. The student must not have enrolled at any institution of higher education before the Fall 1997 semester.

  2. At the time s/he earns a first undergraduate degree, the student must have attempted no more than three semester hours beyond the minimum number of hours required for the degree. Hours attempted1 include:
    • All courses the student has undertaken, such as transfer credit, credit earned by examination,2 courses the student dropped or from which the student withdrew after the date the official enrollment count was taken,3
    • Developmental courses taken for credit,
    • Optional internship and cooperative education course,
    • Courses the student failed,
    • Courses the student repeated.

    If the student has earned credit-by-exam for more than nine hours of coursework, the hours in excess of nine are also counted as hours attempted.

  3. The student must have attempted all coursework within the United States, at a public institution of higher education.4

  4. The student must have graduated within four years for a four-year degree and within five years for a five-year degree.

  5. The student must have been a Texas resident and must have been eligible to pay resident tuition at all times while pursuing the degree.

Notes:

  1. If you dropped or withdrew from a course after the twelfth class day of the fall or spring or the fourth class day in the summer for reasons that were totally beyond your control, the course will not be included in the hours attempted. To ask that a course be excluded from hours attempted, explain the reasons you dropped or withdrew from it on a separate page; you must also attach documentation to support your reasons.
  2. Effective 9/1/03, the first nine (9) hours earned by examination (that is, credit earned on the basis of AP courses, CLEP or credit granted for high SAT or ACT scores) DO NOT COUNT as hours attempted.
  3. If you took a course to meet an ROTC requirement and the course was also not required for your degree, the course is not included in the hours attempted.
  4. Courses taken abroad through U.T. Austin's reciprocal exchange program for which the student receives residence credit and pays U.T. Austin tuition (SAB registrations) will apply as courses taken at a Texas public institution. Courses taken through the affiliated studies programs (AS registrations) for which the student receives transfer credit from foreign institutions will disqualify a student from consideration for a rebate. If you exceeded the minimum required hours due only to a study abroad class, you are NOT eligible for the Tuition Rebate, however, you may be eligible for an institutional award of $1,000.

Application Process: Following submission of the graduation application, degree evaluators determine if a student may be eligible for the tuition rebate. Students who meet the preliminary criteria are sent an e-mail message directing them to visit the Student Division of the College of Education Dean's Office, SZB 216 to apply for the tuition rebate. Not all students who meet the preliminary criteria will be eligible for the tuition rebate after full examination of the academic record following graduation.

An eligible student should submit the completed application to a degree evaluator in SZB 216 by the official date of graduation. If you are unable to come to the office, you may download and submit the application, but it must still arrive by the deadline. You are responsible for allowing sufficient time for the postal service to deliver your application. Students who do not submit a tuition rebate by the deadline below will not be considered. If the official date of graduation falls on a Saturday, the form must be submitted by the Friday prior to the official date of graduation:

  • Fall 2013 Deadline to Apply: December 20th, 2013

Tuition rebates may be reduced by the amount of any outstanding student loan owed to or guaranteed by the State of Texas. Eligible students will receive payment from the Office of Accounting within 60 days from the official graduation date, either electronically through the student's bank account already established with the University, or by mail to the permanent address on file. Students who have applied and are later found to be ineligible will receive notification explaining reasons for ineligibility within 60 days of the official graduation date.

Download Tuition Rebate Application

Mail to:

Degree Evaluator
1912 Speedway, SZB 216
Austin, TX 78712


Should you have any questions about the tuition rebate or your eligibility, you may contact Caroline Calderon.

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Last updated on September 10, 2013