Ceremony Eligibility

Students who wish to participate in the Commencement ceremonies must have met all degree requirements. Here you will find information about what needs to be done to make sure degree requirements are completed.

Completing the work required to earn an academic degree is a separate event from the public commencement ceremony that symbolically commemorates that academic achievement.

Towson University students who participate in commencement ceremonies are considered "candidates" for graduation, and must have met all degree requirements in a current or prior term in order to participate in the ceremony. While the university community enjoys celebrating graduates' accomplishments during Commencement (held in both May and December), participating in the ceremony is not required.

Academic Reminders

Below are some helpful tips and resources to use when applying for graduation:

  • Students should monitor all course requirements to ensure that everything is in order and that they will be cleared for graduation. Refer major questions to your academic adviser.
  • The Graduation Office’s FAQ contains important information on applying for graduation, the graduation review process, and degree and diploma information.
  • Check the Graduation Office’s Applying to Graduate for application deadlines and instructions on how to apply.

Participation in Commencement

The university’s practice is for degree candidates to participate in the ceremony immediately following the completion of all degree requirements. Students who have applied for and been approved for graduation by the Graduation Office will receive information on how to participate in a ceremony. 

Deferred Participation 

In some cases, a degree candidate may wish to defer their participation in a commencement ceremony for a future semester. For example, a candidate who completes their degree requirements in May, would complete this form if they would prefer to participate in the Winter Ceremony in December instead of the Spring Ceremony in May.

Students who wish to defer their participation in a commencement ceremony must complete a Deferred Participation in Commencement Appeal Form. Requests must be submitted by March 15 (to postpone your participation a spring ceremony) and by October 15 (to postpone your participation in a winter ceremony).

Early Participation 

On rare occasions, the Office of the Provost grants requests for early participation in commencement for students with extreme, extenuating circumstances. 

For more information about this process, please email  by October 15 for a winter ceremony and March 15 for a spring ceremony.