Ensure that you’re eligible and prepare to participate in Commencement. 

This page contains information about eligibility, applying, getting tickets and downloading the app. To learn how to prepare for the day once you have been approved, visit Graduate Checklist.

Eligibility to participate

Graduation is the conferral of a degree after you complete your academic program and all requirements are verified as having been met. You must submit an application to and be approved by the Graduation Office to participate in Commencement.

Commencement is the ceremony which celebrates the completion of your degree requirements. Participation in Commencement does not guarantee that your degree will be awarded. Commencement is overseen by the Office of the Provost.

When to participate

complete degree requirements ATTEND commencement
In the summer semester Attend a winter ceremony
In the fall semester Attend a winter ceremony
In the minimester Attend a spring ceremony
In the spring semester Attend a spring ceremony

How to participate

Electronic correspondence regarding Commencement is sent only to TU email accounts. Degree candidates are responsible for information sent to them via their TU email.

Candidates who complete double majors will be assigned to one ceremony to participate in Commencement. To provide space for all degree candidates who are eligible to attend a Commencement ceremony, undergraduate candidates completing double majors are not permitted to participate in two ceremonies.

If you would prefer to attend the alternate major/college’s ceremony, please contact the Office of the Provost at .

This page addresses the steps that graduates should take before Commencement Day. For day-of details, visit our graduate checklist


Apply to graduate

Submit an official Graduation Application through the “Student Dashboard.” The deadline and instructions for applying can be found on Applying to Graduate


Register for your college’s ceremony

Those who are approved to graduate will be sent registration instructions through Marching Order, the ceremony registration system. This information will be sent to your TU email address (check spam/junk) mid-semester. The deadline to register for Commencement is 04/12/24


Purchase your regalia

After registering for your commencement ceremony, you will receive a confirmation email. In that confirmation email, there will be a link to order your regalia. The deadline to order your regalia is 4/12/24.

Questions about regalia? Contact


Claim ceremony tickets

There will be multiple releases to accommodate requests for tickets. In the initial release in May, you will be offered up to 5 (five) ceremony tickets through the  Commencement Account Manager.

The initial release will take place from May 1 until May 14. Any unclaimed tickets will be made available for a second ticket release.

In the second and final release on May 15, candidates may be able to access up to 5 (five) additional tickets. The quantity of tickets available in the second release is contingent upon the remaining unclaimed ticket availability and arena capacity.

Please note: tickets are not guaranteed unless claimed through this process.

Questions about tickets? Contact


Plan for accommodations

TU makes several accommodations for persons with disabilities attending Commencement. Graduates with disability related needs should submit a request when completing their ceremony registration form.


Download the app

Download the Commencement guide for important notifications and information about every aspect of the ceremonies including flower and gift vendors, programs, tassels, tickets, accessibility and more. You can even submit a question through the guide.

Cap Decoration Guidelines

  • Decorations must be two-dimensional and located on the top of the cap within the parameters of the mortarboard. 
  • No modification of or decoration of the area under the mortarboard and/or skullcap is permitted. 
  • Decorations must lay flat on the surface of the cap. 
  • Decorations cannot extend beyond the border of the cap or fall below the perimeter. 
  • Decorations may extend no more than one inch upwards from the top of the mortar board.
  • Decorations may not impede the operation of the tassel or skullcap.

These guidelines exist to:  

  • Ensure candidate safety when negotiating stairs and routes
  • Provide unobstructed views for ceremony participants and guests
  • Maintain a university climate that is grounded in respect, civility and inclusion 

The university reserves the right to request that degree candidates change inappropriate attire, including but not limited to caps, before they participate in the Commencement ceremony.