Commencement

Commencement is one of life’s milestone occasions — and a time to celebrate your accomplishments.

students at Commencement at stadium

Winter Commencement 2022

Schedule of Ceremonies Date and Time Location
College of Business and Economics
College of Health Professions 
 

Dec. 21
10 a.m.

SECU Arena

Fisher College of Science and Mathematics
College of Fine Arts and Communication 
Dec. 21
3 p.m. 
SECU Arena
College of Liberal Arts
College of Education
Dec. 22
10 a.m.
SECU Arena

Commencement at Towson University

Commencement ceremonies occur in the spring and winter, and degree candidates are invited to participate in the college ceremony in which their degree program falls. 

About TU’s Commencement Ceremonies

Commencement is a traditional university ceremony celebrating the accomplishments of our degree candidates. Academic degrees date from the second half of the 12th century. The present ceremony recognizing scholarly achievement retains all the essential features of its ancient predecessors. 

Towson University awards academic degrees at the bachelor’s, master and doctoral levels. The university also awards post-baccalaureate certificates and certificates of advanced study. Degrees are symbolically conferred during Commencement, and candidates completing all degree requirements successfully receive their diplomas four to six weeks after the ceremony.

  • The doctoral degree is the most advanced earned degree conferred by American institutions. There are two distinct types: the practitioner's degree and the research degree.
  • The master’s degree is an academic honor bestowed upon candidates who have successfully completed work beyond the bachelor's degree. A thesis and an oral examination are usually required.
  • The bachelor’s degree represents the completion of a four-year course of college-level study and is the oldest academic degree awarded by American institutions of higher learning. The Maryland State Normal School, which later became Towson University, awarded its first bachelor’s degrees in 1935. From 1866-1934, graduates earned two-year or three-year diplomas, based on the customary length of teacher training programs in that time period.

Fall 2022 Student Speaker 

The Office of the Provost seeks nominations for undergraduate commencement speakers for the Fall 2022 graduation ceremony. Nominations will be accepted 10/12/2022 - 11/2/2022. Students can self-nominate, nominate another student, and/or be nominated by a faculty or staff member. Nominations will be collected by the Office of the Provost and then shared with the nominees’ respective colleges. After selecting a speaker from the nominees, the college will report their undergraduate commencement speaker to the Office of the Provost by 11/30/22 .

Fall 2022 Undergraduate Commencement Speaker Nomination Form

Please send any questions about the nominating process to the Office of the Provost at .”