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.
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.
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).
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 commencement AT_TOWSON by October 15 for a winter ceremony and March 15 for a spring ceremony.