Ceremony Day

Celebrate the special accomplishments of a graduate’s TU journey and the role that you’ve played in those successes.

This page addresses steps that guests should take on Commencement days. For steps to take before Commencement days, visit Guests.

Leave prohibited items at home

Anyone entering TU Arena will undergo handheld metal detection and bag checks for prohibited items. Guests with bags that exceed the size limit or other prohibited items will not be able to stow their items, and will be asked to discard these items or return them to their vehicle.

Make the trip

Using the navigation tool of your choice, input TU Arena’s address — 7500 Osler Drive, Towson, MD — for custom directions. Alternatively, and to avoid traffic jams, we recommend that guests park at the Union Garage or the Glen Garage and then take a short shuttle ride directly to the entrance of TU Arena. This option requires the least amount of walking and standing. The printable campus map and bus route planner are additional navigational resources. Information about Commencement day parking and transportation services may be found at Parking and Transportation Services Events.

We also encourage guests to review the campus mobility guide prior to making their trip to TU. Please note, guests requiring handicap parking or mobility assistance must submit a guest accommodation request at least two weeks prior to the ceremonies. Additionally, Uber, Lyft, and taxis must drop off riders at the Union Garage. Ride services are not permitted to enter the stadium complex and lots near Towson Center or TU Arena.

Enter the arena

Any guest who enters TU Arena must have a ticket (this includes infants and children). There is no exception to this rule. Forged, reprinted, digital or photocopied tickets will not be honored. Entrances open 90 minutes hours prior to the start of each ceremony. Seating is secured by guests on a first-come, first-served basis.

Access the digital program

TU is greening Commencement and in an effort to honor our mission to reduce waste, an abbreviated program with a QR code to access the full-length program with candidate names will be distributed on ceremony day. Candidates may request up to two full-length keepsake programs to be delivered via mail shortly after the ceremony. 

Enjoy the ceremony

Each ceremony lasts approximately 90 minutes as all graduates in attendance will be recognized on-stage. In honor of the graduates and to limit disruptions before the ceremony ends, we ask that guests remain in their seats for the duration of the ceremony.

Commencement ceremonies can be loud and raucous, with bright lights and big crowds. Both the pre-ceremony and ceremony include music and video components which are loud. There may be loud noises at other times during the ceremony when guests celebrate their graduates (although air horns and other noise makers are prohibited). Guests with sensory needs or health-associated challenges that may be impacted by the environment are encouraged to bring ear protection or items that may relieve stress or agitation.

We ask guest to be considerate of others and to join us in remembering that all experiences matter and all names are meant to be heard.

Plan a post-ceremony meeting spot

When the ceremony ends, all guests will be asked to exit the arena. Candidates will exit from the Towson Center, which is adjacent to the arena. We recommended that candidates and guests coordinate a meeting location in the plaza outside of the arena to ease your departure.

After the ceremony

Relive the experience

Access photos taken during the ceremony by GradImages, photos taken by university photographers via Flickr, and watch the a recording of your ceremony via Vimeo. When you share memories from the day on social, use #TUproud and tag Towson University for a chance to be featured!

Towson University makes several accommodations for persons with disabilities attending Commencement. These accommodations include the following and are described below in detail:

Ceremony accessibility resources

Degree candidates will receive one parking permit for their use. Parking will be limited, as such, degree candidates and their guests are strongly encouraged to carpool in the vehicle with the Commencement permit. Paratransit services will also be available for guests who need assistance getting from parking lots and garages to the entrance of the TU Arena.

Degree candidates who do not have a candidate parking permit will be directed to park in the Union Garage. For those with mobility impairments, lift equipment shuttles will be available. Those needing assistance may speak with a staff member or call 410-704-RIDE.

Accessible parking spaces are located in lot 8, an approximately 6-minute walking distance to the arena. The majority of parking is in the lot in front of the Towson Center. It is, approximately, a 5-minute walk through the Center to the Arena.

Paratransit is on-demand from lots 4 and 5 on the other side of the stadium for those with mobility issues. Times could vary from a few minutes to 10-15 min. depending on current demand. Garage shuttles typically are running every 3-5 minutes before and after the ceremonies, and every 15-20 in the middle of the ceremonies.

Towson University offers accessible seating areas on both the North and South sides of TU Arena. Guests who require accessible seating should notify an usher when they enter the arena.

  • The accessible seating areas are available on a first come, first served basis.
  • While we will do everything we can to accommodate all guests, we recommend arriving early to secure the accessible seats of your choice. Doors open 90 minutes before the start of the ceremony.
  • Due to space limitations, all accessible seating is available to the guest needing the service plus one additional companion only.
  • The accessible seating areas are limited, so please be courteous to other guests using these accommodations.

The university can provide wheelchair transport from the Towson Center to the Arena for guests needing assistance. Elevators are available throughout the facility and all guests requiring a wheelchair must provide them for their own use.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters will be present at each ceremony. This seating is located in section 104 in TU Arena and anyone requiring ASL interpretation is welcome to sit in this area. Seating in this area is on a first come, first served basis. Notify an usher if you need seating near an ASL interpreter. This area is limited in seating, so please be courteous to other guests using these accommodations. Due to space limitations, interpreter services seating is available to the guest needing the service plus one additional companion only. 

For Hard of Hearing guests, the ceremony in the stadium and live stream will be captioned. Additionally, there will be a QR code to access the live captions on your phone or other portable device during the ceremony. 

Service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and in accordance with university policy are allowed at the ceremony.  All other animals are prohibited from the Commencement ceremonies. See the University Policy 06-18.00 for additional information.

Guest accommodation requests should be submitted via the Visitor Disability Accommodation Request Form with as much notice as possible. Requests received less than two weeks prior to the ceremonies will be processed, but we unfortunately cannot guarantee that specific accommodations can be made.