Spring 2016 Commencement

Feb. 17, 2016

Dear UNT community,

It may seem far off now, but graduation will be here before we know it and we’ll be celebrating another amazing class of UNT graduates.

Graduation is always a special time, and our annual University-wide Commencement will mark the occasion with fanfare, excitement and pride. We’ll celebrate the entire graduating class for the academic year, and because we’re in Texas — where bigger is better — and because we’re the Mean Green Nation, we’ll do it in style at Apogee Stadium. I will confer degrees at the University-wide Commencement, formally recognizing the Class of 2016 as graduates of UNT. And we’ll celebrate this milestone as a university family, proudly sending off our graduates to their next adventures. 

The 2016 University-wide Commencement will kick off graduation events, beginning at 10 a.m. May 13. The Undergraduate College Recognition Ceremonies and the Doctoral and Master’s Convocation will follow throughout that Friday and Saturday. Those ceremonies will feature the traditional, more personal features of graduation, such as hearing your name called and walking the stage. To get the best of both worlds, we encourage you to attend both.

The 2016 University-wide Commencement also will formally conclude our yearlong 125th anniversary celebration, so it will be especially meaningful. Visit the commencement website to learn more about 2016 University-wide Commencement and the other ceremonies and to find the schedules.

I’m also excited to announce that our commencement speaker will be one of our very own, former Army Sgt. Steven Davidson. Steven is the 2012 Military Times Soldier of the Year who saved a fellow service member’s life. As a UNT student, he interned in the White House and he now works in the U.S. Department of Energy. As the keynote commencement speaker, Steven will give an inspirational address to graduates, calling on lessons learned during his transformation from soldier to hero to White House intern to college graduate. He's now a public servant with a budding career. Learn more about Steven.

Graduating from college is an incredible milestone, and it’s not just the graduate who revels in the achievement. There are family, friends, mentors and peers who take incredible pride in what our graduates accomplish. The University-wide Commencement is an opportunity to celebrate the Class of 2016 as a university family — forever proud, forever united.

UNT Proud,

Neal Smatresk