Graduation

ACADEMIC DEGREE

To be awarded an academic degree, students must successfully complete all course work required for the bachelor's, master's and doctorates.

eligible to graduate

How can I be sure I'm eligible to graduate?
  • Degree Requirements:
    Check your degree requirements using Towson Online Services: Self Service>Student Center.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA):
    Undergraduate students must have a 2.0 GPA to graduate.
    Graduate students must have a 3.0 GPA to graduate.
  • Incomplete or Missing Grades:
    Contact your professor, advisor and/or program director if there is an I or an IP grade listed.
  • Program Incorrect:
    Check to be sure you are listed in the correct major/minor.

    Undergraduate students should drop any major/minor that you will not be completing by submitting the Change of Major Form.

    Graduate students should contact their advisor.
  • Unauthorized Repeats:
    Make certain courses have been adjusted for repeats, third attempts, grades posted for incompletes, etc.

    A Third Attempt of a Course Petition will need to be completed for any unauthorized repeats.
Who should I contact with questions about my degree requirements?

Make an appointment with your academic advisor to review your degree requirements.

applying to graduate

What is the difference between Applying to Graduate versus the Commencement Ceremony?

Applying to Graduate - is a request to have your academic records reviewed for completion of your program by the academic department as well as the Graduation Office.

Commencement Ceremony - celebrates the completion of a degree. Participation in the commencement ceremony does not imply that you have officially graduated.

Are there deadlines to apply for graduation?

All students must apply for graduation. The deadlines to apply are:

  • Spring - January 15
  • Summer - July 4
  • Fall - August 15

Late applicants & students wanting to change or withdraw their application, please email the Graduation Office at .

Where do I go to apply for graduation?

First time applicants may apply online through their Student Center.

  • Using the drop down menu in the Academics Section, select Apply for Graduation & press Go to the right of the menu
  • Select desired degree or certificate, then the graduation term from the drop-down menu

    NOTE:
    An application must be completed for each degree/program that you are completing, including certificates.

  • Press Continue, proofread the application information, press Submit Application if all is correct
  • If your academic program is incorrect, please email the Graduation Office at
If I'm denied for graduation, do I have to reapply?

Yes, If you were denied graduation in a previous term, you must reapply for the term in which you will complete all requirements.

review of students' academic record

What does the review of academic records entail?

Review of Academic Records for Graduation
Once a student applies for graduation, their academic record is reviewed first by the Academic Department for completion of all degree requirements.

Then the Graduation Office will do a final review of all degree requirements including gened/core, etc.

If a student is determined to be ineligible for graduation, they will be notified by the Graduation Office.

Is there a timeline for the Final Review of Academic Records by the Graduation Office?

Students are notified by the Graduation Office as indicated below:

  • December Applicants
    Academic records are reviewed during the first two weeks of January.
    Notifications are sent during the third week of January.
  • May Applicants
    Academic records are reviewed during the first two weeks of June.
    Notifications are sent during the third week of June.
  • August Applicants
    Academic records are reviewed during mid-August.
    Notifications are sent during the third week of August.
What if I'm denied for graduation?

Contact the Graduation Office to reapply for a later graduation term.

What is the procedure for graduating with honors?

Undergraduate students may achieve recognition as honors graduates through Latin Honors, Departmental Honors & as members of the Honors College.

Latin Honors are evaluated after the ceremony and will appear on the transcript and diploma when awarded.

The Departmental Honors & Honors College notation will appear only on the transcript.

degree & diploma

When will my degree be posted?

Approximately 4-6 weeks after the end of the semester.

When will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas are mailed to the permanent home address on record as listed below:

December Graduates
Late February

May Graduates
Late July

August Graduates
Late September

PLEASE NOTE:
Students with Judicial or Financial holds will not receive their diplomas.
Please contact the Graduation Office at once your hold has been resolved.

How will my name appear on my diploma?

Your official name will appear on your Diploma & in the Commencement Program as listed in your Student Center under:

  • My Academics
  • View My Graduation Status
  • Student Information Box

To request a name change, please submit the Change of Name Form along with official documentation to the Registrar's Office.

How big is the diploma?

The diploma measures 14 inches wide by 11 inches long.

What will appear on the diploma?

The hard & digital copy of the diploma will feature your name, degree, major & Latin Honors for qualifying students.

Completed minors, tracks & concentrations as well as the Departmental Honors & Honors College notation will appear on your transcript, not on the diploma.

PLEASE NOTE:
Students pursuing two majors under different degrees (BFA, BM, BS/BA or BTP) automatically receive two diplomas.

Students pursuing a double major under the same type of degree will have both majors listed on one diploma.

How can I obtain a replacement diploma?

Replacement diplomas can be ordered through Parchment Exchange.

  • A paper & digital replacement is $50
  • A digital replacement is $10