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 degree candidates 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 Safety & Security for additional 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.
At SECU Arena
Ceremony Policies for Guests
Doors open for guests 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony (8:30 a.m. for
the morning ceremonies and 1:30 p.m. for the afternoon ceremonies). All seating is
first-come first -served, general seating. There is no assigned seating in any sections
of the arena.
Guests should remain in their seats for the duration of the ceremony (approximately
Guests are not permitted to stand on the concourse level to watch the ceremony and
will be directed to a seat.
Guests may not block the aisles or passageways by attempting to greet or take photos
To allow for the names of all degree candidates to be heard by their family members
and guests, we ask all audience members to be considerate of other graduates’ guests
by providing no more than 3 seconds of celebration or applause for their graduate. Remember,
at commencement, all names are meant to be heard.
Guests who bring or use signs, fireworks, beach balls, balloons, air horns, bells
or noisemakers will be asked to leave the arena.
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: