Information for Degree Candidates

There are many things degree candidates need to know to prepare for the ceremonies. Here are the five steps degree candidates must follow for Commencement and frequently asked questions.

Commencement events are the congratulatory ceremonies hosted by university officials in which degree candidates (students who have applied to graduate at the end of their final semester) are publicly and formally recognized for their accomplishments as members of an academic community.

Graduation is the process of being awarded a degree after successfully completing credit hours and other degree requirements. Actual diplomas are not awarded at Commencement ceremonies and participation in the ceremonies is not a guarantee of degree completion. 

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

CHECKLIST FOR degree candidates

1. Apply for Graduation

You must complete all of your degree requirements in order to apply for graduation and participate in CommencementYou must submit an official Graduation Application through the “Student Center.” The deadline and instructions for applying can be found on Applying to Graduate

Note: If you apply for graduation after the stated deadline, your name may not appear in the Commencement program.

2. Register for Commencement 

Attending your academic college's Commencement ceremony is an optional activity. If you choose to participate in your ceremony, you must register your attendance online to ensure your seat and the availability of guest tickets.  The registration site will open approximately 10 weeks before the ceremonies and eligible candidates will receive an email with registration instructions. As a reminder, only degree candidates who have been approved for graduation by the Graduation Office are permitted to register for Commencement.

3. Purchase Regalia

Purchase your cap and gown online to pick up at the TU Grad Fair or have your order shipped to your home address. You will also have the opportunity to order announcements and diploma frames online when purchasing regalia.  Failure to purchase regalia by this date will lead to cancellation of your commencement registration (if completed) and you will be ineligible to participate in a ceremony and receive ceremony tickets. Only degree candidates who have been approved for graduation by the Graduation Office are permitted to purchase regalia.

4. Access Tickets

If you successfully registered for Commencement, you are guaranteed a predetermined amount of tickets for your guests. Dates and instructions for accessing tickets can be found on Tickets. Only degree candidates who have registered for Commencement by the deadline will be able to access and print ceremony tickets. Please remember to print and give your guests their tickets in advance of the ceremonies. As a reminder, all guests (including infants and children as required by the Fire Marshall) will need a ticket to attend, so please plan accordingly.

5. Prepare for Ceremony Day

Download the TU Commencement app for ceremony day instructions and to read Commencement 101--a guide including what you should expect before, during and after the ceremony. You should also review cap decoration guidelines and safety protocols as well.

Commencement FAQs

It is a week before the ceremony and I forgot to registerand purchase regalia before the deadline. Can I still participate in the upcoming ceremony?

Unfortunately, you cannot participate in the upcoming ceremony. You are invited to attend the following semester's Commencement Ceremony and may submit an online form to request deferred participation in that ceremony. 

I am a degree candidate and will require a special accommodation during the ceremony. What should I do?

If you are a candidate with a disability who will require accommodation at the ceremony, please specify this when completing the Commencement Registration Form. A university representative will respond to your request after April 30.

Can I attend two ceremonies if I complete double majors?

No. Candidates who complete double majors may select one preferred 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.

Why can't my name be added to the Commencement program if I submit my graduation application after the deadline?

The deadlines to apply for graduation are well-publicized by the Graduation Office.  While graduation applications are processed after the deadline, only those degree candidates who apply prior to the stated deadline(s) will have their names published in the Commencement program due to the lengthy proofing and printing processes.

How do I receive my parking permit and where do I park?

The university will mail a parking permit for Lots 13/14 to each graduate approximately 3 weeks before the ceremony. It is the graduate's responsibility to ensure that the mailing address provided when purchasing regalia is accurate as this address will be used to mail the graduate's parking pass.

Lots 13/14 are located just outside of Unitas Stadium. 

 What do I need to know for the day of my ceremony?

Download the free 'Towson University Commencement' app available in the iOS Store and Google Play. The app, as well as the Commencement 101 guide, contains all of the information you will need to know about Commencement. 

How will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas will be mailed to your permanent address on file. Please be sure to go to your Student Center to ensure that the permanent address on file is accurate. You may check with the Graduation Office for information about the diploma mailing schedules.

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Regalia Rules

Degree candidates are responsible for wearing the correct regalia in accordance with the guidelines. Be sure to review all policies for caps, gowns, cords, and stoles before arriving. All degree candidates must comply with regalia and behavioral guidelines in order to participate in a ceremony. 

Safety Protocols

All degree candidates will undergo handheld metal detection and bag checks. Bags larger than 10 x 10 x 2 may not be take into the ceremony. Prohibited items (e.g. food, beverages, alcohol, weapons, noisemakers, etc.) are not permitted in SECU Arena or the Towson Center. 


Please be advised that fraudulent activity or misrepresentation of information or eligibility to participate in commencement may result in disciplinary action through the TU Office of Student Conduct and Civility Education