Towson University celebrates its newest graduates

By Kyle Hobstetter on May 27, 2022

TU welcomes over 3,500 new alumni with the Spring 2022 Commencement ceremonies

Towson University brought the pomp and circumstance back to campus, hosting the 2022 Spring Commencement ceremonies outside in Johnny Unitas® Stadium on May 25-27. 

This year’s Commencement honored members of the 2021 summer and fall graduating classes, and members of the 2022 winter and spring graduating classes in three ceremonies. 

“Be That One Person”

Dr. Hanna-Attisha, a national leader in public and environmental health, served as the 2022 University Commencement speaker during a morning ceremony at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Wednesday, May 25. She inspired the more than 1,100 graduates of the Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics and the College of Fine Arts & Communication with her remarks, which served as a challenge to change the world.

“You have already proven that you can be – that you are – that one person empowering change. That one person leading us forward. That one person championing hope,” she shared.

Commencement by the Numbers 

Over the three days, 3,550 undergraduate students and 487 graduate students were celebrated as they crossed the Commencement stage. 

The first ceremony took place on Wednesday, May 25 honoring the students of the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics’ 685 students, as well as the College of Fine Arts and Communication's 552 students.

On Thursday, May 26, TU celebrated the 799 graduates of the College of Health Professions, as well as the 514 students of the College Business and Economics.

Commencement came to a close on Friday, May 27, as 935 graduates of the College of Liberal Arts, and 517 graduates of the College of Education crossed the stage.

Along with the outdoor ceremonies, TU held its first ever Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, which honored the 55 students who earned doctorate degrees over the past two academic terms. 

All four Commencement ceremonies can be found, in full, on the Towson University YouTube channel.  Highlights of all four ceremonies are also featured on Towson University’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tik Tok pages, and full photo galleries of each ceremony can be found on the Towson University Flickr page

The 2022 Commencement Student Speakers

Leaving Prepared for the Future

This year’s Spring Commencement ceremony continued Towson University’s tradition of sending prepared students out into the work force. Graduates from TU leave with the vision, creativity and adaptability to craft solutions that enrich culture, society, economy and environment of Maryland, the region and beyond.

“Commencement is my very favorite time of the year. For our students, it is a time of looking back at where they have come and looking ahead to where they are going,” says Towson University President Kim Schatzel. “The season of Commencement brings us all together to celebrate our university and its traditions. As the bells of Stephens Hall ring to start the commencement ceremonies, we are reminded that we are all Towson University Tigers and are assembled to witness the fulfillment of the dreams of our graduates and their loved ones. It is truly an emotional day and one filled with great joy.”

According to a first destination outcome survey administered to the Towson University undergraduate class of 2021, 87% of working graduates are employed in Maryland. Along with that, 89% of graduates had either found a job or were continuing their education.