Ensure that you’re eligible and then prepare to participate in Commencement by following these steps.

Cap Decoration Guidelines

Candidates choosing to wear a decorated cap during the ceremony must adhere to the guidelines provided in the accordion at the bottom of this page. 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.

Violations of the decoration guidelines provided below or refusal to comply with staff enforcement of the guidelines on ceremony day may result in a disciplinary referral to the Office of Student Accountability & Restorative Practices.

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


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 regalia

After registering for your ceremony and receiving a confirmation message from MarchingOrder, you will need to order a cap and gown. Please follow this link to place your order online. The deadline to order your cap and gown is 4/12/24.


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. Guests should submit the Visitor Disability Request Form 30 days prior to the ceremony. Graduates


Download the app

Graduates and guests should 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 comply with the following guidelines:

  • Decorations may only be affixed to the flat, top area 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

Decorations containing the following items are prohibited:

  • Profanity
  • Symbols for or references to alcohol or controlled substances
  • Lighted objects
  • Electronic devices or cameras
  • Three dimensional objects extending more than one inch from the top of the mortar board
  • Cap decorations that are motivated by animosity against a person or group because of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, national origin, or homelessness, or which infringe on the rights and freedom of others will not be tolerated.

Degree candidates who arrive on ceremony day with a cap in violation of these guidelines will receive a replacement cap to wear during the ceremony. Degree candidates may then retrieve the decorated cap after the ceremony.