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UNT to hand degrees to fall grads

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By Rhiannon Saegert

About 3,000 University of North Texas students will walk across the stage with other graduates from their respective colleges during fall recognition ceremonies Friday and Saturday.

Last spring, UNT opted for a mass commencement ceremony held in May, which features a keynote speaker but doesn’t include the conventional practice of having students walk across the stage one at a time to receive their degrees.

To fill the gap, college recognition ceremonies are held in the fall and spring semesters, giving students and their families the option for a more traditional graduation. The college recognition ceremonies to be held Friday and Saturday will be the same as the ones held alongside May commencement.

According to a news release issued by UNT, 2,495 undergraduate students, 591 master’s students and 78 doctoral students applied for graduation this fall.

After the school’s first mass commencement last spring, this will be the first fall commencement since the changes were made.

“People are still welcome to come participate in the May ceremony, but everyone gets their degrees at the college recognition ceremonies,” UNT spokeswoman Margarita Venegas said.

Rather than create similar ceremonies for summer grads, the August commencement was removed entirely. Instead, people set to graduate in August can participate in the December or May ceremonies.

CEREMONY SCHEDULE

UNT’s fall recognition ceremonies, including college, time and location:

FRIDAY

College of Education, 9 a.m., UNT Coliseum.

College of Information, 9 a.m., Murchison Performing Arts Center.

College of Public Affairs and Community Service, 1 p.m., UNT Coliseum.

College of Music, 4 p.m., Murchison Performing Arts Center.

College of Engineering, 4 p.m., UNT Coliseum.

Doctoral and master’s graduates, 7 p.m., UNT Coliseum.

SATURDAY

College of Arts and Sciences, 9 a.m., UNT Coliseum.

College of Business, 1 p.m., UNT Coliseum.

College of Visual Arts and Design; College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism; and Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, 5 p.m., UNT Coliseum.