Commencement is one of life's milestone occasions—and a time to celebrate one's future.
Commencement ceremonies occur at the end of the spring and fall semesters and degree candidates are invited to participate in the college ceremony in which their degree program falls. May and December ceremonies are identical in formality, tone and experience. All ceremonies take place in the SECU Arena and each degree candidate is guaranteed a total of four tickets for guests.
Commencement is a traditional and formal academic ceremony celebrating the scholarly accomplishments of all of our degree candidates. Academic degrees date from the second half of the twelfth century. The present ceremony recognizing scholarly achievement retains all the essential features of its ancient predecessors.
No matter the time of year, we always welcome your suggestions and ideas for Commencement. Feedback from university community members like you helps us as we constantly improve resources and ceremonies. Though we can't respond to everyone who submits feedback, we review many of the ideas people send us to enhance the TU Commencement experience for everyone. Thank you in advance for your help.
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.
All guests, degree candidates, and ceremony participants must undergo handheld metal detection and bag checks operated by Safe Management (security staff contracted by the university) employees. Prohibited items will not permitted in SECU Arena or Towson Center. Please familiarize yourself with prohibited items and allow adequate time for venue entry.
In the event of an emergency, please contact University Police (410) 704-4444 and/or 911. The following coordinates can be used when giving the location of SECU arena 39.38980 -76.61565 or 7500 Osler Blvd. Towson University will provide a first aid station inside the arena in case of emergency.
Should inclement weather occur, please check the local radio and TV stations for announcements regarding delays. You may also call TU at 410-704-2000 or 410-704-NEWS (6397), or check weather announcements via TU’s homepage. Please note that once a ceremony has started, it will not be canceled.