Your Last Academic Semester
submitted your application for graduation, registered for your courses and
bought all your books. It is time to start your last academic semester and
prepare for graduation.
Things To Do During Your Last Academic Semester...
1. Make sure you submitted
your graduation application.
application is a key part of your final review before graduation. Turning in
your application for graduation informs the university that you are just a few
months from receiving your degree. If you haven’t turned in your application
yet, do so as soon as possible. Meet with an Academic Advisor to review your
degree evaluation and turn in your application for graduation to the Registrar's
2. Keep a close eye on
Besides sales from the bookstore, notifications
from Facebook and assignments from professors, your inbox will be key to your
last semester at UT Brownsville. You’ll be receiving updates regarding your
progress towards the completion of your degree, invitation to special events
and key information for your commencement ceremony. Keep your inbox clean to
avoid missing important news.
3. Avoid blocks, or clear
them with the appropriate office as soon as possible.
You’re so close to the
finish line! You’ve got your class schedule, planned out your party and are
just waiting for that “A”. You don’t want anything stopping you, let alone a
registration block. Avoid getting parking and library fines, pay off any
balances that you may have and turn in any paperwork requested on time.
4. Attend events.
Your last semester will
be filled with special events hosted for graduating students. Check your inbox
and The Collegian. There’s a Graduation Fair, multiple Career Fairs, a Ring
Ceremony and let’s not forget, your Commencement Ceremony. Make plans to attend
5. Stop by the Academic
Surprises are not
always a good thing. Make time to stop by the Academic Advising Center to
review your progress towards the completion of your degree and confirm that you
will be completing all degree requirements by the end of the semester. It never
hurts to double check.
6. Finish your classes…
with good grades.
It may be your last
semester, but it’s not time to take it easy. Your final courses will still
affect your graduation requirements and the amount of courses needed to
complete your degree. Don’t let missed assignments delay your graduation.
7. Meet with a faculty
Your professor is an
invaluable source of knowledge throughout your education. Their courses have
opened your eyes to the wonders of your major. They stay up to date with the
latest in the field, have worked hard and experienced what happens after
graduation. So why wouldn’t you ask them about employment in the field? Make
time to talk to them about different employment or educational possibilities in
your selected major.
8. Get ready for
Don’t wait until the
last minute. Order your cap and gown, class ring, and announcements early. You
don’t want to deal with party planning at the same time you’re studying for
9. Update your resume.
continuing with graduate school or starting your job search, your resume will
be a key document you won’t want to be without. Keep a copy handy and know
where you saved your electronic version. If you need help making sure your
resume will grab the attention of prospective employers, visit the Career Services Department and let them show you some good tips.
10. Attend graduation.
You studied hard for
four years, turned in your last research paper and planned the greatest party
to share your accomplishments. Now it’s time for you to don your cap and gown
and have your picture taken with Dr. Garcia. Make sure you get a good night’s
rest, set your alarm and show up early. You wouldn’t want to miss commencement!