Whether you are a family member or friend, you have played a very special role in your graduate's TU journey. Here you'll find information on directions to campus, ceremony details, parking information, and much more.
The SECU arena will open for guests at 8:30 a.m. for the morning ceremonies and 1:30 p.m. for the afternoon ceremonies. Families, friends and guests of participants should find seating while graduates go to their designated assembly areas. Guests are not permitted in the assembly areas.
All bags will be checked prior to admittance to the arena. We recommend carrying small bags to save time during bag check. Please visit Ceremony Policies & Regulations for more information.
Please be advised that any guest who enters the arena will need a ticket, including infants and children. Anyone who attempts to enter the SECU arena without a ticket will be denied entrance. Please refer to the Tickets page for more information on this policy.
All sections in the arena are general seating. To ensure that you have the best possible seat, we recommend arriving when doors open.
All Commencement ceremonies take place on the Towson University campus in the SECU Arena. Information about Commencement day parking and transportation services may be found at Parking and Transportation Services Events.
We strongly recommend wearing comfortable shoes, due to the significant walking distance, from the parking lots and bus drop off locations, to the SECU Arena.
Towson University encourages the families of our international students to visit their student and the U.S. for vacation, graduation or any other reason. Visitors will likely need a B-2 visitor visa which is obtained through application at the U.S. consulate nearest to their home city. Applicants should expect to be interviewed by a consular officer and must satisfactorily establish the following:
Commonly required documents for the application include:
Please note: All applications should check their specific U.S. Embassy website for a complete listing of visa application requirements
Please visit Accommodations for a listing of local hotels in the area.
Guests with mobility needs who have a state issued handicap hangtag or license plate may park in Lot 21. No additional parking permit is needed for these individuals.
Guests with mobility needs, who DO NOT have a state issued handicap license plate or hangtag, should park in the Union garage. Shuttles and Paratransit services will be available from the Union garage to the Towson Center.
Guests parking in Lots 13 and 14 must have a lot-specific hang-tag to park in these areas.
After the ceremony, shuttles and the Paratransit will be available to transport passengers back to all parking lots. For those with mobility issues who are returning to Lots 13, 14, 21 or the the Union Garage, please look for posted signs outside of the Towson Center to direct you to the appropriate shuttle.
More information about commencement day parking can be found at Parking and Transportation Services Events.
Special wheelchair transport will be available to take guests from the lobby of the Towson Center to appropriate seats in the SECU Arena. At the conclusion of the ceremony, guests are asked to remain in their seats until a wheelchair transport service staff returns with a wheelchair to take guests back to the Towson Center lobby.
Please note that the wheelchair transport service staff may not leave the building and cars may not pull up in front of the Towson Center. Therefore, families will need to make arrangements for getting individuals to and from the building and/or on shuttles without assistance or equipment from Towson University staff.
Towson University offers special needs seating areas for our guests. These areas are located on the concourse level of SECU Arena and are limited to the person with special needs plus one guest. These areas are limited in seating so please be courteous to other guests. Reserved seating will be available in Section 104 for guests who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Sign language interpreters will interpret the entire ceremony in this section.
Please inform an usher when you enter the SECU Arena if you require any of the above accommodations.
*All special needs services and seating are available to the guest with special needs plus one additional guest only, due to space limitations
Flowers and commemorative t-shirts will be available for purchase outside of the Towson U-Store tent in the SECU courtyard. There will also be a Towson U-Store Concessions stand open in the SECU Arena throughout the duration of the ceremonies. Items available for purchase include diploma frames, souvenir tassels, mugs, t-shirts, and more.
For additional items, please visit Towson U-Store.