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More than 22,000 students earn degrees at UT institutions this fall

The pandemic may have postponed commencement ceremonies and mandated virtual celebrations, but it did not stop more than 22,000 students from completing their degrees and graduating from the eight University of Texas academic institutions in December.

According to unofficial totals, the Fall 2020 graduation numbers remained about the same as the number of degrees awarded in Fall 2019, despite the challenges and changes to educational delivery since last March.

More information about December commencements at each UT academic institution can be found here:

Over the past five years, graduation rates have increased by approximately 25 percent across the eight UT academic institutions. And more than 48% of undergraduate UT degrees were awarded to minority students in 2019. More than one-third of all undergraduate degrees awarded by Texas public higher education institutions are earned at UT institutions.

About The University of Texas System

For more than 130 years, The University of Texas System has been committed to improving the lives of Texans and people all over the world through education, research and health care. With 14 institutions, an enrollment of nearly 240,000 students and an operating budget of $21.7 billion (FY 2021), the UT System is one of the largest public university systems in the United States. UT institutions produce more than 64,000 graduates annually and award more than one-third of the state’s undergraduate degrees and more than half of its health professional degrees. Collectively, UT-owned and affiliated hospitals and clinics accounted for more than 9.2 million outpatient visits and 1.8 million hospital days last year. UT institutions also are among the most innovative in the world, collectively ranking No. 3 for most U.S. patents granted in 2019, and the UT System is No. 1 in Texas and No. 2 in the nation in federal research expenditures. The UT System also is one of the largest employers in Texas, with more than 21,000 faculty – including Nobel laureates and members of the National Academies – and more than 85,000 health care professionals, researchers and support staff.

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