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 Commencement. You 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.
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?
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?
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.
know before you go
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.
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.