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
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 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 will be mid-late April (the exact date will be
posted in February).
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 bursar AT_TOWSON. 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.