Degree candidates must wear Towson University regalia, adhere to the regalia guidelines, and comply with related processes in order to participate in Commencement.
Commencement ceremonies convey the scholarly tradition and formal tone befitting of an academic ceremony. As such, Towson University is guided by the American Council on Education's Academic Costume Code and traditional academic regalia must be worn by all degree candidates and faculty participating in the ceremonies.
All Commencement participants must strive to maintain a measure of decorum consonant with the occasion. Degree candidates choosing not to abide by the regalia guidelines will be asked to leave the assembly area and will not be permitted to participate in the Commencement ceremony.
Only candidates completing all degree requirements in the current term and who are approved to graduate by the Graduation Office are authorized to purchase the approved TU regalia and participate in Commencement.
As an approved degree candidate, you may purchase your cap and gown online (this site will open in late March) 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).
Braided cords only recognize university-approved academic honors. The list of organizations approved to distribute academic cords for members to wear during the commencement ceremony has been determined by the Office of the Provost in consultation with academic colleges.
Degree candidates may wear a maximum of two stoles representing a personal experience or identity, a Towson University academic honor, or a university-recognized student organization. Stoles or sashes (long bands of cloth worn around the neck) may not be more than four inches wide and/or 65 inches long (32.5 inches on each side).
Wearing a decorated cap during the ceremony is strongly discouraged. While the university recognizes that this may be an important activity for some, degree candidates who choose to wear a decorated cap during the Commencement ceremony must follow strict guidelines.
Regalia guidelines will be strictly enforced on ceremony day and the university reserves the right to request that degree candidates change inappropriate attire before they will be allowed to participate in the Commencement ceremony.
Adornments include any addition to the issued traditional academic regalia and may include, but are not limited to: academic cords, stoles, sashes, medallions, pins and other decorations. Corsages and floral embellishments may not be worn on the regalia or cap, nor may regalia be altered or modified in any way.
Reglia adornments 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.
The university welcomes students, academic programs and student organizations to express their identity and values through the addition of appropriate adornment to the standard TU regalia within the guidelines set forth. Students not in compliance with the requirements of this policy may be asked to remove and/or conceal any unapproved regalia adornment.