Information for Graduates

There are many things graduates need to know to prepare for the ceremonies. Here you'll find information on regalia, tickets, 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. To officially graduate from TU, you must apply for graduation by the posted deadline. After receipt of final grades, your degree audit must show the student satisfied all university, college and departmental requirements for the specific degree. A degree becomes official when it is posted to your transcript -- typically two to three weeks after the completion of your final term -- not by your participation in commencement exercises. You do not have to be present at a commencement ceremony to receive your degree.

Advising is an important part of making sure you're on track to graduate and that you understand when you can expect to graduate and participate in commencement. Learn more about meeting with an advisor.


1. Meet Your Degree Requirements

In order to graduate and participate in Commencement, you must have completed all degree requirements. 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 gradation at the end of a particular term, you must officially apply for graduation. 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. Attend TU Grad Fair 

TU Grad Fair is hosted in both the spring and fall semesters and provides you with the opportunity to purchase regalia, announcements, class rings, and diploma frames. In order to register for Commencement, you must purchase regalia. If you are unable to attend TU Grad Fair, you may still purchase regalia online. If you miss the deadline for purchasing regalia, you will not be allowed to participate in a ceremony. 

PLEASE NOTE: Only students who have been approved for graduation are able to purchase regalia.

4. Complete Name Pronunciation Profile

Once regalia is purchased, you will be prompted to complete a name pronunciation profile to help in ensuring that your name is read correctly at the ceremony. This is an optional service, however we strongly recommend you complete this step.

5. 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.

5. 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.

6. Check Regalia

You should verify that you have received the correct regalia at least two weeks prior to your ceremony date. This will allow ample time for any exchanges to take place if any portion of the order is incorrect. It is also recommended that you either steam or iron your gown prior to Commencement. 


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/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:

  • Order regalia from the University Store
  • Have religious or military attire approved by the University Store

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

The date and instructions for ordering regalia for the winter 2017 Commencement ceremonies will be posted in the fall. 

When do I receive my parking permit and where do I park?

Graduates will receive a parking permit for Lots 13/14 prior to Commencement day. 

Lots 13/14 are located just outside of Unitas Stadium. 

 What do I need to know for the day of my ceremony?

The Office of the Provost has developed Commencement 101, which contains all of the information you will need to know about Commencement. The Commencement 101 guide will be available in October. 

 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. The link for this service will be posted in September. 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