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

  • Degree Requirements:
    Verify that your degree requirements are complete using Towson Online Services: Student Dashboard.

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

  • 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.

Applying to Graduate

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.

First time applicants may apply online through their Student Dashboard.

All students must apply for graduation in order to have their Academic Record reviewed.

An application must be submitted for each program/certificate.

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

Deadlines to apply are listed below:

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

If your academic program is incorrect, please email the Graduation Office at

Review of Students' Academic Record

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.

Yes, 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.

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.

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

Diplomas through Parchment Exchange beginning Fall 2019

All students will receive a digital & paper copy of their diploma beginning Fall 2019.

Students who graduated before Fall 2019, can purchase a digital copy of their diploma through Parchment Exchange.

 

Diplomas

All students will receive a digital & paper copy of their diploma beginning Fall 2019.

Students who graduated before Fall 2019, can purchase a digital copy of their diploma through Parchment Exchange.

Students who purchased a digital copy through CeDiploma Spring 2017 through Summer 2019:

CeDiploma printing and validation has been disabled. Please email the Graduation Office at if you have any questions.

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.

Your official name will appear on your Diploma & in the Commencement Program as listed in your Student Dashboard.

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

The Bachelors, Masters, Doctoral, and Certificate of Advanced Study diplomas measure 14 inches wide by 11 inches long.

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate diploma measures 11 inches wide by 8.5 inches long.

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.

Replacement diplomas can be ordered through Parchment Exchange.

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