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
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
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
Parking Spaces and Paratransit
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
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.
Guests who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
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.
Requesting Disability Accommodations
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.