Whether you are a family member or friend, you have played a very special role in
your graduate's TU journey. Here you'll find information on directions to campus,
ceremony details, parking information, and much more.
The following procedures to maintain safety at major events SECU Arena were established
based on a review of TU’s security measures and an assessment of best practices at
similar institutions and event destinations across the country.
BAG SIZE LIMIT AND BAG CHECKS
Guest bags will be checked prior to event entrance, and bags larger than 22 x 12 x
8 inches will not be permitted in the arena (degree candidates should review the policy
regarding bag size permitted in the robing room/processional under the section onPolicies for Degree Candidatesbelow). Guests with bags or other prohibited items will not be able to stow their
items, and will be asked to discard these items or return them to their vehicle. Boxes
that are22 x 12x8inches will be available at the entrance to the arena for size reference. Prohibited
alcohol, food or beverages
animals (with the exception of service animals)
audio or video recording equipment
bags/purses larger than22 x 12x8"
Bota bags, wineskins or flasks
balloons, confetti, streamers, glitter, fireworks, etc.
balls, bikes, hoverboards, roller blades, scooters, etc.
cameras with lenses greater than 8"(including monopods and tripods)
cigarettes, vapes, etc.
containers, coolers, flasks, baskets, etc.
drones or airborne devices
knives over 3” in length
laser pointers, markers, dry erase boards, paint, etc.
sticks or poles, including selfie-sticks
weapons (common examples include, but are not limited to: aerosol cans, mace, pepper
spray, firearms, including CCW permit holders, pocket knives, knives, spiked bracelets,
brass knuckles, martial arts weapons, stun guns, and chains)
Handheld metal detectors operated by Safe Management (security staff contracted by
the university) employees will be used to check guests prior to event entrance. When
attending an event, please give yourself adequate time for going through the safety
procedures. Get more information onevent procedures at Unitas Stadiumandcampus safety prevention.
Transportation and Parking
All Commencement ceremonies take place on the Towson University campus in the SECU
Arena. Information about Commencement day parking and transportation services may
be found at Parking and Transportation Services Events.
We strongly recommend wearing comfortable shoes, due to the significant walking distance,
from the parking lots and bus drop off locations, to the SECU Arena.
Tickets and Arrival
The SECU arena will open for guests at 8:30 a.m. for the morning ceremonies and 1:30
p.m. for the afternoon ceremonies. Families, friends and guests of participants should
find seating while graduates go to their designated assembly areas. Guests are not
permitted in the assembly areas.
All bags will be checked prior to admittance to the arena. We recommend carrying small
bags to save time during bag check. Please visit Ceremony Policies & Regulations for more information.
Please be advised that any guest who enters the arena will need a ticket, including
infants and children (as required by the Fire Marshall). Anyone who attempts to enter
the SECU arena without a ticket will be denied entrance. Please refer to the Tickets page for more information on this policy.
All sections in the arena, with the exception of mobility impaired and interpreter
services seating, are general first-come, first-served seating. To ensure that you
have the best possible seat, we recommend arriving when doors open.
Accessible Parking and Transportation*
Guests with mobility impairments who have a state issued handicap hangtag or license
plate may park in Lot 21. No additional parking permit is needed for these individuals.
Guests with mobility impairments, who DO NOT have a state issued handicap license
plate or hangtag, should park in the Union garage. Shuttles and Paratransit services
will be available from the Union garage to the Towson Center.
Guests parking in Lots 13 and 14 must have a lot-specific hang-tag to park in these
After the ceremony, shuttles and the Paratransit will be available to transport passengers
back to all parking lots. For those with mobility issues who are returning to Lots 13,
14, 21 or the the Union Garage, please look for posted signs outside of the Towson
Center to direct you to the appropriate shuttle.
Special wheelchair transport will be available to take guests from the lobby of the
Towson Center to appropriate seats in the SECU Arena. At the conclusion of the ceremony,
guests are asked to remain in their seats until a wheelchair transport service staff
returns with a wheelchair to take guests back to the Towson Center lobby.
Please note that the wheelchair transport service staff may not leave the building
and cars may not pull up in front of the Towson Center. Therefore, families will need
to make arrangements for getting individuals to and from the building and/or on shuttles
without assistance or equipment from Towson University staff.
mobility impaired Seating*
Towson University offers mobility impaired seating areas for our guests. These areas
are located on the concourse level of SECU Arena and are limited to the person with
the mobility impairment plus one companion. Please inform an usher when you enter the SECU Arena if you require this accommodation.
Interpreters for the deaf will be present at each ceremony. This seating (in Section
104) is clearly marked and anyone who has a hearing impairment is welcome to sit in
this area. Seating in this area is on a first come, first served basis. Please inform an usher when you enter the SECU Arena if you require this accommodation.
* These areas are limited in seating so please be courteous to other guests using
these accomodations. Due to space limitations, all mobility impaired seating and interpreter
services seating are available to the guest needing the service plus one additional
Service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and in accordance
with university policy are allowed at the ceremony. All other animals are prohibited
from the commencement ceremonies. See the University Policy 06-18.00 for additional information.
Towson University encourages the families of our international students to visit their
student and the U.S. for vacation, graduation or any other reason. Visitors will likely
need a B-2 visitor visa which is obtained through application at the U.S. consulate
nearest to their home city. Applicants should expect to be interviewed by a consular
officer and must satisfactorily establish the following:
the purpose of their trip to the United States
the period of intended stay
evidence of funds to adequately cover their expenses
evidence of compelling ties to their home country
compelling evidence that they will return to their home country after the visit
Commonly required documents for the application include:
Please visit Accommodations for a listing of local hotels in the area.
Flowers will be available for purchase outside of the Towson U-Store tent in the SECU
courtyard. Guests are encouraged to visit the Towson U-Store (in the University Union) for
keepsakes. Items available for purchase include diploma frames, souvenir tassels,
mugs, t-shirts, and more. For additional information, please visit Towson U-Store.