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 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.
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
- 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.
Although very rare, a request process is in place for those students with extreme,
extenuating circumstances, warranting alternate (early or deferred) participation
in an upcoming commencement ceremony.
Submit the Alternate Participation in Commencement Form by March 15 if you believe that there are extenuating circumstances that require
your early or deferred participation in a ceremony. You will receive a response to
your request no later than April 5.