Academic degrees date from the second half of the twelfth century. The present ceremony recognizing scholarly achievement retains all the essential features of its ancient predecessors.
Commencement is a traditional and formal academic ceremony celebrating the academic accomplishments of all of our degree candidates. During Commencement, there are several ways we honor degree candidates who have demonstrated an especially deep commitment to their field of study and achieved a record of excellence during their academic career at Towson University. The following symbols of academic achievement recognize the accomplishments of our graduates.
Towson University awards academic degrees at the bachelor's, master and doctoral levels. The university also awards post-baccalureate certificates and certificates of advanced study.
Latin Honors is awarded by college to the top ten percent of the undergraduate students. Eligibility is determined based on the calculated grade point average of students' final 60 units completed at Towson University. If earned after the calculation of final grades, the Latin Honors designation will appear on the diploma and transcript.
The Honors College at Towson University provides an enhanced undergraduate experience for highly-motivated and intellectually-curious students. Graduates of the Honors College have pursued scholarly opportunities such as interdisciplinary seminars and research. Upon the completion of 24 Honors credits, graduates earn the designation of 'University Scholar.' This appears on each graduates’ transcript and diploma.
Towson Athletics and Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society, recognize outstanding academic achievement by intercollegiate varsity letter winners. The Towson University Tiger Athletics Scholar/Chi Alpha Sigma Athletics Scholar Medallions are awarded to graduating Towson student-athletes who earn a varsity letter in at least one sport while maintaining a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA. We honor these students not only for their achievements in their sport, but also for excellence in the classroom.
Academic cords signify the achievement of a specific academic honor. These braided cords are worn underneath the hood of the regalia and serve as visual markers specific academic achievements these students have earned. University organizations, departments or student groups are not permitted to distribute cords for graduates to wear during commencement without the approval of the Office of the Provost.
Banner carriers are selected by their college associate deans and department chairs to represent their respective academic college, graduate studies, and the Honors College. They are selected based on their academic achievements and extracurricular involvements during their time at TU and lead the degree candidate procession at the beginning of each ceremony.
Soloists and signers are selected by the Departments of Music and Audiology – Speech Language-Pathology and Deaf Studies. They are selected for this honor based on their significant skill sets and/or their contributions to the university.
Commencement programs present as complete and accurate a record of candidates for degrees as is possible as of the publication date two months prior to the ceremonies. The following list of commencement programs is available for reference only. You may also contact commencement AT_TOWSON for past commencement programs.