The Commencement ceremonies would not be possible without the insitution's extraordinary
The dean of each academic college has appointed a Lead Marshal to share information
and facilitate communication between the Office of the Provost, Commencement Committee
and the faculty and administration of their college.
The Grand Marshal leads the procession of university faculty and graduates while carrying
the mace, a ceremonial symbol of authority and independence. Grand Marshals are typically
the longest-serving faculty member at the university or in an academic college, and
it is considered to be a great honor to be selected for this role. The Grand Marshals
for the Spring 2018 ceremonies will be announced in early spring.
Special Role Faculty Members
There are several additional special roles faculty members fulfill during the university’s
commencement ceremonies each spring and winter. The lead marshal, in consultation
with each college's leadership, nominate or seek volunteers for these special roles.
Faculty members who participate in the ceremony as part of the stage party or the
processional are required to wear academic regalia. Academic regalia can be purchased
or rented from the Herff Jones, the university's regalia vendor.
Faculty may rent regalia online by December 1 or May 1. Once ordered, a representative from the University store
will ensure that the rented regalia waiting for you at the appropriate location (either
the Towson Center or SECU Arena based upon your role in the ceremony) on ceremony
Faculty members planning on participating in future commencement activities may choose
to purchase a cap and gown for continued use. Faculty may purchase regalia online
for a delivery date that will be determined by the regalia provide Herff Jones. Additional
information about purchasing personal academic regalia may be obtained by contacting
Ruth Evelyn Schmidt in the University Store at 410-704-4621.
Instructions for Members of the Faculty Processional
Faculty marshals, student marshals and processing faculty members sit in the first
full row of the arena floor (in front of degree candidates) during the ceremony.
BEFORE THE CEREMONY
Faculty members who would like to be part of the processional should contact their
lead marshal (listed above) or submit their request to their departmental chairperson.
The process for attending Commencement varies by college.
If you are a faculty member from another college who would like to join the processional
in different ceremony in order to participate in a ceremony where a family member
is a degree candidate, please contact the lead marshal for the candidate's academic
Lot 21 is located across from the Auburn House and by the Child Care Center. Faculty
should come in the south Auburn Drive entrance. This is the entrance closest to Stevenson
ON CEREMONY DAY
Please arrive 75 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony and report directly to
the faculty robing area (Towson Center, Room 117). The faculty robing room is not secured
during the ceremony to store belongings, so valuable items, as well as briefcases
and handbags should be stored in your locked vehicle or left in another secure location.
If picking up rental regalia, please visit the University Store's regalia station
located at the rear of the Towson Center Gym (the floor above Room 117).
College lead marshals and commencement staff members will be available upon arrival
to check faculty in and assist with robing and processional instructions.
After checking-in at the robing room, faculty members are encouraged to visit the candidate robing
room, which is located nearby in the Towson Center gymnasiums (staff will provide
directions to this area if needed).
Refreshments are provided for members of the faculty processional prior to each Commencement
ceremony. A variety of dietary options will be available.
All processing faculty members will line up for the processional into SECU Arena15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony (9:45 a.m. or 2:45 p.m.).
The Commencement procession will begin with the degree candidates at the stated ceremony
start time. Faculty process into the arena after the students and just before the stage
Instructions for Faculty Members in the Stage Party
Department chairpersons, program directors, Grand Marshals, VIP marshals, Name Readers,
Name Card Presenters and faculty members representing Senate, AAUP or another university
entity sit on stage during the ceremony with the President, Provost, Vice-Presidents,
Deans and Associate Deans.
BEFORE THE CEREMONY
A representative from the Office of the President or Office of the Provost will contact
you regarding your participation in the stage party approximately 3 months prior to
the ceremony to provide preliminary information.
A parking permit for Lot 20(see Commencement Parking map) will be distributed to you prior to the ceremony. Permits are limited and cannot be
replaced if lost. You will not be admitted to the lot without the designated parking pass.
ON CEREMONY DAY
Please arrive 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremonyand report directly to the stage party robing area (SECU Arena, Multipurpose Room).
If you've rental regalia, the regalia will be in the stage party robing room. Please
do not go to another location to pick up rental regalia.
The stage party robing room issecured during the ceremonyto store belongings and items such as briefcases and handbags if needed.
Lunch and refreshments are provided for members of the stage party prior to or immediately
following each Commencement ceremony. A variety of dietary options will be available.