Frequently Asked Questions

1. When is Commencement?

See the Commencement main page for the date and time of each college ceremony.

2. What time should graduates arrive?

Graduates should arrive at 8:30am for the morning ceremony and 1:30pm for the afternoon ceremony.

3. What time should guests arrive?

We recommend that you arrive early to allow time for traffic and parking. The SECU Arena will be open to guests at 8:30am for morning ceremonies and 1:30pm for afternoon ceremonies.

4. Why is it necessary to wear comfortable shoes?

To ensure your safety and a smooth flow for the student procession, we strongly recommend that all graduating students wear comfortable shoes to the commencement ceremonies. You will be walking a considerable distance and we must use this precaution to ensure that the student procession is not interrupted. Wearing high heals, stilettos and wedges is strongly discouraged.

5. How do I order my cap and gown?

See the University Store's Web site for details about ordering caps and gowns.

6. How many tickets do I get for my ceremony and where do I get them?

Each graduate who orders a cap and gown by November 21st will be guaranteed FOUR tickets, additional information to follow.   In order to pick up the cap, gown, and tickets, graduates will need to present their Towson University One Card.

7. Can I get extra tickets?

See the Tickets, Name Cards, Programs & Diplomas page for further information.


8. What if I do not currently have a Towson University One Card?

Graduates will need a One Card in order to pick up their cap, gown for Commencement. Graduates can request a One Card at the Auxiliary Services Business Office.  Additional information including hours of operation can be found at the following link:

9. Who needs a ticket to get in?

All guests entering the arena will need a ticket. This applies to children of all ages, including infants in carriers. Graduates themselves will not need a ticket.

10. Can my family reserve seats?

Any seating that is being held/reserved in the arena must be released 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony to seat other guests.

11. What should I wear under my cap and gown?

Appropriate business attire should be worn beneath the regalia and you should wear shoes that you feel comfortable walking across stage in. Shorts and tennis shoes are not permitted. Those who are not dressed properly will be asked to leave the assembly area and will not be allowed to participate.

Note:  If you do not have proper academic regalia, you cannot participate in the Commencement ceremonies.  If you already have a cap and gown  (with the150th anniversary logo), you must obtain approval to wear them from by November 21st from an appropriate staff member in the University Store.  The University Store site provides more information. 

Purchase of new or approval of previously worn regailia is required to ensure you are entered into the system to obtain your tickets for the ceremonies.

12. Can I wear cords and medallions with my cap and gown?

Graduation cords can be worn at Commencement if they represent high academic achievement and not simply membership in a student organization, athletic team, or fraternity/sorority.

13. Do I need a permit to park on the day of Commencement?

A Commencement permit or a state issued handicapped permit/license plate is required to have access to any of the parking lots located near the Towson Center. This includes lots 13, 14, 19, and 21. Individuals who do not have a commencement permit or a handicapped permit/plate must park in the Union Garage. No permits will be required for the Union garage. One "Commencement" permit will be issued to each graduate with their cap and gown.

14. Will there be handicap parking?

Handicapped parking for individuals with valid state issued handicapped permits/plates will be available in Lot 21 next to the Towson Center. Individuals with handicapped permits/plates should follow the posted signs and use the 2nd entrance on Auburn Drive to access the area for handicapped parking. There will also be a Para transit vehicle equipped to transport special needs individuals from their car to the arena if they must park farther away. Please let the lot attendant know if you wish to use this vehicle.  

15. Will I be able to drop off passengers at or near the Towson Center or SECU Arena?

Vehicles will NOT be permitted near the Towson Center or SECU Arena to drop off passengers.  Individuals must park in their designated areas and ride the shuttle or walk to the Towson Center and SECU Arena.

16. Will I have to walk far once I park?

Those with Graduation permits will park in lots 13 and 14. Please follow the posted signs in the lots to the Towson Center/SECU Arena. For those who park at the Union garage, shuttle buses will run continuously between the Union Garage and the Towson Center/SECU Arena. Please follow the posted signs to the shuttle stop located on Cross Campus Drive. The shuttle buses will run 1.5 hours before and after each ceremony.  Note: Please be reminded that the shuttle drop off location and parking lots are a considerable distance from the SECU Arena, and the path is quite hilly. 

For more information, see the Parking and Transportation Services Commencement Web page or call 410-704-PARK.

17. Can my family bring signs or noisemakers to cheer for me?

NO. The Commencement ceremony is a traditional academic ritual. This means: no signs, no fireworks, no bottles, no beach balls, no cans, no balloons, no noisemakers, etc.





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