Spring commencement ceremonies at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga are scheduled from April 21 through April 25. Nine separate ceremonies all will take place inside McKenzie Arena, with one ceremony designated for advanced degree candidates and the rest for candidates for bachelor’s degrees.

“We are planning a meaningful and memorable experience to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the class of 2021, including the life-changing transformation of earning a college degree,” said UTC Provost Jerold Hale. “While it also remains necessary to include COVID-19 mitigation measures to protect the health and safety of everyone in attendance, we are confident in the University’s ability to do that at the same time we celebrate this great milestone in the lives of the graduates.”

Special measures include limiting participating graduates to 200 per ceremony. Undergraduate degree candidates will register for their preferred ceremony dates and times—other than one designated commencement ceremony for candidates for advanced degrees.


Undergraduate commencement ceremonies:

  • Wednesday, April 21, 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 22, 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 22, 4 p.m.
  • Friday, April 23, 10 a.m.
  • Friday, April 23, 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 24, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 24, 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 25, 7 p.m.


Graduate commencement ceremony:

Sunday, April 25 1 p.m.


Candidates for bachelor’s degrees will select their preferred ceremony days and times on a first-come, first-served basis. Each ceremony will be limited to 200 graduates.

Candidates for advanced degrees must attend the Sunday, April 25, 2021, 1 p.m. ceremony.

Candidates for graduation are permitted a maximum of four guests. All guests will be expected to observe COVID-19 mask, seating and social distancing protocols. To ensure the health and safety of all ceremony participants and guests, non-compliance with protocols will result in being escorted from the arena.

All guest seating will be general admission seating. Guests will be permitted in designated seats to observe social distancing protocols. Many seats will be blocked using straps or designated unavailable using clearly marked decals. Strapping and decals must not be altered.

Candidates for graduation have been furnished access to a registration system to select their preferred ceremonies and receive their individual tickets for participation. Information about how to access guest tickets is being provided soon to graduates who RSVP to participate in a ceremony.


Mandatory campus COVID-19 protocols in place for commencement ceremonies

All candidates for graduation and guests are expected to observe campus COVID-19 protocols while on campus, including during commencement ceremonies.

These include:

  1. Wearing a mask that covers the mouth and nose at all times.
  2. Observing social distancing protocols of six feet while seated.
  3. Not altering or tampering with seating, strapping, or stickers on furniture.
  4. Observing directions for entering and exiting campus facilities.
  5. Following directives issued by UTC law enforcement, security or other authorized personnel.

Learn more about spring commencement plans by visiting utc.edu/graduation-checklist.

Media Relations Contacts: Email UTC Media Relations or call 423-425-5119.
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