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Final exam schedules changing for May

Jan. 14, 2015

Dear faculty and staff,

As you know, we’re in the process of enhancing and adding new features to commencement to give our graduates a bigger and better sendoff and to celebrate as a singular community. Starting in May, UNT will hold a university-wide commencement and college recognition ceremonies. The inaugural university-wide commencement will be held May 16.

One of the key pieces to making this transition a success is planning the schedule, keeping in mind all of the related events and issues that impact commencement such as college venue needs, travel planning for graduates and their families, and final exam schedules. Based on a broad consensus from administrators in each college, the UNT leadership decided to hold the college recognition ceremonies on Friday, May 15, and Saturday, May 16. This change allows graduates and faculty to attend UNT’s university-wide commencement and college recognition ceremonies while avoiding Sunday ceremonies. It also cuts down on expenses for out-of-town guests. You will soon see a schedule that details when and where each college recognition ceremony will be held.

Doing so means that we must change one day of final exam schedules.

  • Final exams that would have been scheduled for Friday, May 15, will now be held Saturday, May 9.
  • This change impacts only certain sections of classes held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It does not impact final exam schedules for classes held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It also does not impact final exams already scheduled for May 11-May 14.
  • See the new final exam schedule.

The change to the final exam schedule is at the recommendation of the Academic Associate Deans Council. If you are a faculty member, please make sure you know and understand the potential impacts of this change and update your syllabus if your class is affected. If you have questions or scheduling conflicts, you should work with your department chair.

This change means that students and faculty won’t have to worry about potential schedule conflicts over finals and college recognition ceremonies. And all of our students will be finished with finals one day earlier than usual and can plan accordingly, knowing that finals end on Thursday, May 14. I understand that this change may create some hiccups, and we’ve asked our college administrators to work collaboratively with faculty and students for whom the change creates challenges.

Warren BurggrenUltimately, I believe this plan will result in a better experience for all of our students and faculty. 

We’re creating a meaningful commencement tradition in which the entire university can celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating class.


Warren Burggren


Posted on: Thu 15 January 2015

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