Towson University Commencement is a formal ceremony and a dignified event. Learn more about what to expect on the day of your ceremony.
We recommend business attire with comfortable shoes. We strongly discourage wearing high heels or stilettos as the processional from the robing area to SECU arena requires a walk of nearly a half mile! There are also a limited number of seats in the robing area, so you should also expect to be standing for at least one hour prior to the start of the ceremony.
Your ceremony day essentials include your regalia, cell phone, and photo ID. You are able to take a small crossbody bag into the arena, but it may not exceed 10 x 10 x 2 inches (you will be required to bag check any other belongings that exceed this size, including jackets, purses, coats, umbrellas, etc.).
Aside from your cell phone, you will not be allowed to bring other electronic devices (e.g., GoPro’s, cameras, etc.) into the arena. To ensure the safety of all ceremony participants and guests, Safe Management (security staff contracted by the university) will conduct bag checks and related security procedures prior to admittance into the robing area. Learn more about Commencement safety & security procedures.
Approximately three weeks before the ceremony, you will be mailed a "Graduate" parking permit that will allow you to park in Lots 13/14. This will be mailed to the address you submitted with your Commencement registration.
On the day of your ceremony, you must display your “Graduate” parking permit in order to access this parking area. If you misplace your permit, you can park in the Union Garage and take a shuttle to the arena. Still have questions? Learn more about parking on Commencement day.
No. To limit congestion outside of the arena, vehicles are not permitted near the Towson Center or SECU Arena to drop off passengers. Paratransit Service is available to take those with limited mobility from parking areas to SECU Arena. See parking attendant to call for a Paratransit van.
Degree candidates should report to the gymnasiums located in the Towson Center.
You should arrive by 8:30 a.m. if you are participating in a morning ceremony and 1:30 p.m. if you are participating in an afternoon ceremony. Please arrive on time! Candidates who arrive late may not be able to participate in a ceremony. We also recommend eating something before arriving to prevent you from feeling faint prior to and during the ceremony.
If you are carpooling with your guests, they will be directed to the SECU arena and degree candidates will be directed to the robing area in the Towson Center. The arena doors open for guests at 8:30 a.m. (for the morning ceremony) and 1:30 p.m. (for the afternoon ceremony). Please remember to give your guests their ceremony tickets as they will not be able to enter the building without them. As a reminder, ALL guests will need a ticket to enter (this includes infants and children) due to building safety codes. Learn more about ceremony ticket policies.