Office of the Registrar

Frequently Asked Questions

 

APPLYING FOR GRADUATION

Do I have to apply for graduation?

YES.   All students must apply to graduate in order to have their records reviewed and degrees posted.  While all students must apply to graduate, attending a commencement ceremony is optional.

How do I apply?

First-time applicants may apply online through Towson Online Services via the Student Center.  Click on the link below and follow the steps to apply:

If you were “denied” graduation in a previous term, you must reapply for the term in which you will complete all requirements.

Is there a fee to apply for graduation?

No, there is no fee associated with applying to graduate.

Is there a deadline to apply?

There are three graduation application deadlines:

Spring - January 20

Summer - July 4

Fall - August 20

What if I missed the deadline to apply for graduation?

Please call the Graduation office at 410-704-2095 or email them at graduation@towson.edu so an application can be processed for you.

Who is NOT eligible to apply for graduation?

Undergraduate students in "pre-major" status or who have less than a 2.0 GPA are not eligible to apply for graduation.

Graduate students who have less than a 3.0 GPA or are in non-degree status are not eligible to apply for graduation.

If you have questions regarding your academic requirements, please refer to the appropriate catalog.

Can I check my academic requirements online?

Yes, you can review your Academic Requirements and progress toward your degree via Towson Online Services.

  • Verify all requirements are complete.
  • Undergraduate students should check specifically that the GenEds/Core course requirements are complete.

What could hold up my GRADUATION application?

There are some things that may delay the process of clearing you for graduation; you should check your transcript for any of the following:

  • Incomplete or missing grades - Contact your professor, adviser, and/or program director if there is an I or an IP grade listed for any of your courses.
  • Unauthorized Repeats - Make certain courses have been adjusted for repeats, third attempts, grades posted for incompletes, etc.  A Third Attempt of a Course Petition Form will need to be completed for any unauthorized repeats.
  • Wrong Program - Check to be sure you are listed in the correct major/minor.  Undergraduate students should drop any major/minor you will not be completing by submitting the Change of Major Form.  Graduate students should contact their advisor.

Is there anything else I should do after I apply?

Yes, review your name as it is listed on your academic record in Towson Online Services.  This is how your name will appear in the commencement program and on your diploma.  If a change needs to be made the Change of Name Form must be submitted along with official documentation to the Registrar's Office to request a name change.

Where can I find out about the COMMENCEMENT ceremony?

Please refer to the Commencement website for all information regarding commencement.


GRADUATION REVIEW

What do you mean by "graduation review"?

When you apply for graduation, you are submitting a request to have your records reviewed for completion of your program by the academic department and the Graduation Office.

  • The academic department will advise the Graduation Office as to whether or not your degree requirements are complete.

  • The Graduation Office will do a final review including degree requirements, gened/core requirements, etc.

  • Students determined to be ineligible to graduate will be notified.

Am I graduating with honors?

Undergraduate students may achieve recognition as honors graduates in several different ways:  through Latin Honors, Departmental Honors, and as members of the Honors College.

Honors are evaluated AFTER the ceremony and, when awarded, will appear on the transcript and diploma.

When do final graduation evaluations take place?

Applicants are evaluated in the weeks following the end of the term and students will be notified of their status as indicated below:

  • December applicants are evaluated during the first two weeks of January.  Notifications will be sent during the third week of January.
  • May applicants are evaluated during the first two weeks of June.  Notifications will be sent during the third week of June.
  • August applicants are evaluated during mid-August.  Notifications will be sent during the third week of August.

What if I am denied for graduation?

Students denied for graduation will need to reapply for a later graduation term by contacting the Graduation Office.


DEGREE AND DIPLOMA

When will my degree be posted?

Degrees will be posted to your official transcript approximately 4-6 weeks after the end of the semester.  To request an official transcript:

When will I receive my diploma?

The diploma is not presented at the Commencement ceremony but is mailed after the final evaluation of each student's record takes place.  Diplomas will be mailed to the permanent home address on the following schedule:

  • December graduates:  Late February
  • May graduates:  Late July
  • August graduate:  Late September

Where will my diploma be mailed?

The diploma is not presented at the Commencement ceremony but is mailed after the final evaluation of each student's record takes place.  Diplomas will be mailed to the permanent home address on the following schedule:

  • December graduates:  Late February
  • May graduates:  Late July
  • August graduate:  Late September

How big is the diploma? What will be on it?

The Towson University diploma measures 14 inches wide by 11 inches long.  It will list your name, degree and major.  Please note:  Completed minors, tracks and concentrations will appear on your transcript, not on the diploma.  The diploma will list honors for qualifying students.

How can I obtain a replacement diploma?

Please complete the Diploma Replacement Form found on the Registrar's Forms page..

 

Do I have to apply for graduation?

YES.   All students must apply to graduate in order to have their records reviewed and degrees posted.  While all students must apply to graduate, attending a commencement ceremony is optional.

How do I apply?

First-time applicants may apply online through Towson Online Services via the Student Center.  Click on the link below and follow the steps to apply:

If you were “denied” graduation in a previous term, you must reapply for the term in which you will complete all requirements.

Is there a fee to apply for graduation?

No, there is no fee associated with applying to graduate.

Is there a deadline to apply?

There are three graduation application deadlines:

Spring - January 20

Summer - July 4

Fall - August 20

What if I missed the deadline to apply for graduation?

Please call the Graduation office at 410-704-2095 or email them at graduation@towson.edu so an application can be processed for you.

Who is NOT eligible to apply for graduation?

Undergraduate students in "pre-major" status or who have less than a 2.0 GPA are not eligible to apply for graduation.

Graduate students who have less than a 3.0 GPA or are in non-degree status are not eligible to apply for graduation.

If you have questions regarding your academic requirements, please refer to the appropriate catalog.

Can I check my academic requirements online?

Yes, you can review your Academic Requirements and progress toward your degree via Towson Online Services.

  • Verify all requirements are complete.
  • Undergraduate students should check specifically that the GenEds/Core course requirements are complete.

What could hold up my graduation application?

There are some things that may delay the process of clearing you for graduation; you should check your transcript for any of the following:

  • Incomplete or missing grades - Contact your professor, adviser, and/or program director if there is an I or an IP grade listed for any of your courses.
  • Unauthorized Repeats - Make certain courses have been adjusted for repeats, third attempts, grades posted for incompletes, etc.  A Third Attempt of a Course Petition Form will need to be completed for any unauthorized repeats.
  • Wrong Program - Check to be sure you are listed in the correct major/minor.  Undergraduate students should drop any major/minor you will not be completing by submitting the Change of Major Form.  Graduate students should contact their advisor.

Is there anything else I should do after I apply?

Yes, review your name as it is listed on your academic record in Towson Online Services.  This is how your name will appear in the commencement program and on your diploma.  If a change needs to be made the Change of Name Form must be submitted along with official documentation to the Registrar's Office to request a name change.

Where can I find out about the commencement ceremony?

Please refer to the Commencement website for all information regarding commencement.

 

GRADUATION REVIEW

 

What do you mean by "graduation review"?

When you apply for graduation, you are submitting a request to have your records reviewed for completion of your program by the academic department and the Graduation Office.

  • The academic department will advise the Graduation Office as to whether or not your degree requirements are complete.

  • The Graduation Office will do a final review including degree requirements, gened/core requirements, etc.

  • Students determined to be ineligible to graduate will be notified.

Am I graduating with honors?

Undergraduate students may achieve recognition as honors graduates in several different ways:  through Latin Honors, Departmental Honors, and as members of the Honors College.

Honors are evaluated AFTER the ceremony and, when awarded, will appear on the transcript and diploma.

When do final graduation evaluations take place?

Applicants are evaluated in the weeks following the end of the term and students will be notified of their status as indicated below:

  • December applicants are evaluated during the first two weeks of January.  Notifications will be sent during the third week of January.
  • May applicants are evaluated during the first two weeks of June.  Notifications will be sent during the third week of June.
  • August applicants are evaluated during mid-August.  Notifications will be sent during the third week of August.

What if I am denied for graduation?

Students denied for graduation will need to reapply for a later graduation term by contacting the Graduation Office.

 

DEGREE AND DIPLOMA

When will my degree be posted?

Degrees will be posted to your official transcript approximately 4-6 weeks after the end of the semester.  To request an official transcript:

When will I receive my diploma?

The diploma is not presented at the Commencement ceremony but is mailed after the final evaluation of each student's record takes place.  Diplomas will be mailed to the permanent home address on the following schedule:

  • December graduates:  Late February
  • May graduates:  Late July
  • August graduate:  Late September

Students with judicial or financial holds will not receive their diplomas.  Please contact the Graduation Office at graduation@towson.edu once your hold has been resolved.

Where will my diploma be mailed?

Your diploma will be mailed to your permanent address that is listed in Towson Online Services.  If that address is not correct, please update it via your Student Center.

How big is the diploma?  What will be on it?

The Towson University diploma measures 14 inches wide by 11 inches long.  It will list your name, degree and major.  Please note:  Completed minors, tracks and concentrations will appear on your transcript, not on the diploma.  The diploma will list honors for qualifying students.

How can I obtain a replacement diploma?

Please complete the Diploma Replacement Form found on the Registrar's Forms page..

 

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