Information for Graduates

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

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Commencement events are the congratulatory ceremonies hosted by university officials in which students 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 GRADUATING STUDENTS 

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. 

3. Register for Commencement 

Register to participate in Commencement by purchasing your cap and gown online. You will also have the opportunity to order announcements and diploma frames online when purchasing regalia. The deadline for purchasing regalia (and registering to participate in Commencement) is November 27. Exceptions to participate in a winter ceremony will not be made after this date. 

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

4. 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.

5. Complete the Name Pronunciation Profile

Approximately 5 weeks prior to Commencement, you will receive an email invitation to complete an online name pronunciation profile to help ensure that your name is read correctly at the ceremony. This is an optional service, however we strongly recommend you complete this step.

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.

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

How do I apply for graduation? 

Please visit the Graduation Office to learn more about applying for graduation. Please note that your graduation application must be approved before you may complete any of the other steps in the checklist.

How do I register for the ceremony?

In order to register to participate in the ceremony, you must have applied and been approved to graduate. Once this step has been completed, you will need to do one of the following:

It is necessary to complete one of these options in order to successfully register for the ceremonies and guarantee your tickets. Students who miss the registration deadline of November 27 will not be guaranteed participation in Winter Commencement.

I am a graduate and will require a special accommodation during the ceremony. Who should I talk to?

If you are a student with a disability who will require accommodation at the ceremony, please contact the Disability Support Services Office, 410-704-2638, so necessary arrangements can be made.

How many commencement tickets do I receive?

If you have purchased regalia, you are guaranteed a total of 4 tickets for your guests. Please visit Tickets for more detailed information on how to access your tickets. 

Please remember that it is your responsibility to plan accordingly when inviting guests to your ceremony based upon the guaranteed number of tickets you will receive. 

When and where do I pick-up my cap & gown?

Graduates may pick up regalia (cap and gown) purchased before the TU Grad Fair at the Grad Fair or at the University Store approximately six weeks before Commencement. 

Graduates who do not order regalia prior to or during the TU Grad Fair, must register to participate in Commencement by purchasing regalia online by November 27. If you miss the deadline for purchasing regalia, you will not be allowed to participate in a ceremony. 

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 do I ensure that my name is read correctly at the ceremony?

You will have the option to create a name pronunciation profile in which you will have the chance to pre-record your name and include the proper pronunciation of your name by logging-in to Marching Order. The faculty readers at your ceremony will be able to access the recording and/or pronunciation information prior to Commencement. You will receive an email invitation to complete this step approximately 5 weeks prior to Commencement. If interested in utilizing this service, you must complete this step by Nov. 27th. 

We encourage you to review the Phonetic Spelling Guide for guidance on including the pronunciation of your name. 

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