Information for Degree Candidates

There are many things degree candidates need to know to prepare for the ceremonies. Here you'll find information on regalia, tickets, parking and much more.

Commencement events are the congratulatory ceremonies hosted by university officials in which degree candidates 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. 

CHECKLIST FOR degree candidates

1. Meet Your Degree Requirements

You must complete all of your degree requirements in order to graduate and participate in Commencement. You may monitor the progress of your degree by regularly checking your “Academic Requirements” report located in the Student Center in PeopleSoft. It is also strongly recommended that you meet with your assigned major adviser or an adviser in the Advising Center to ensure degree requirements are being fulfilled.

2. Apply for Graduation

In order to be eligible for graduation at the end of a particular term, you must submit an official graduation application. This can be completed through the “Student Center.” The deadline and instructions for applying can be found on Applying to Graduate. You should also verify that the permanent address listed in your “Student Center” is accurate and you should make any necessary changes no later than two weeks after your ceremony.

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

3. 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 in early March and eligible candidates will receive an email with registration instructions. The deadline for registering to participate in Commencement is Monday, April 30, 2018.

Please note that because space is limited, all ceremony spots are first come, first served. If your college’s ceremony fills, you will be assigned to another ceremony based on available space. Degree candidates who miss the registration deadline may not be able to participate in any of the ceremonies.

When you register for Commencement, you will be asked to complete an online name pronunciation profile to help the name reader with the pronunciation of your name during the ceremony.

As a reminder, only degree candidates who have been approved for graduation by the Graduation Office are permitted to register for Commencement.

4. 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. The deadline for purchasing regalia is Monday, April 30, 2018.

Only degree candidates who have been approved for graduation by the Graduation Office are permitted to purchase regalia.

5. Complete the First Destination Survey

Log in to Handshake to complete the brief First Destination Survey about your post-graduation plans. Your feedback will help the Career Center in its efforts to enhance its services for Towson University alumni and students. The survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete and individuals’ responses will be kept confidential.

6. Reconcile Financial Obligations and Account Information 

An unpaid balance on your University financial account will not restrict you from participating in the university’s Commencement ceremony. However, you are strongly encouraged to satisfy any financial account balance, prior to your graduation. You can verify any outstanding balance through Towson Online Service (login) or by contacting the Bursar’s Office at 410-704-2100 or via e-mail at . Based upon University Policy, any unpaid financial balance will prevent the release of your diploma and/or an official transcript, until the balance is paid in-full.

7. Print Ceremony 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.

Commencement FAQs

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.


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