Students must apply for graduation for the term in which all degree requirements will have been met. Participation in the commencement ceremony is optional. Students in pre-major status or those below a 2.00 cumulative GPA are not eligible to apply.

Before applying, students should check their degree requirements using Towson Online Services: Self Service > Student Center. From the Other Academics menu, select Academic Requirements.

All students must have a minimum of 120 earned units to graduate. Please be advised that if grades of D or higher are being repeated in the last term prior to graduation, students must register for additional units equal to the units of the class being repeated to compensate for the loss of units which will occur when the record is adjusted at the end of the term. Those grades are earned units and already have quality points; only the GPA will increase if a higher grade is earned.

To apply for graduation: go to Towson Online Services: Self Service> Student Center. From the Other Academics menu, select Apply for Graduation.

Students should apply to graduate five to eight months prior to the expected graduation date:

  • May graduation - apply by January 15
  • August graduation - apply by July 4
  • December graduation - apply by August 15

There are three graduation evaluation periods: December, May and August. Ceremonies are held in spring and fall. Attending the commencement ceremony does not automatically denote graduation, since evaluation of records cannot be completed until all grades are available.

Students should also verify their permanent home address (Towson Online Services: Self Service> Student Center> Personal Information) as diplomas will be mailed to that address only.

The most current information and policies regarding graduation procedures can be found on the Registrar's webpage.

Once a student has graduated, any corrections or changes to the academic record must be made before the end of the following fall or spring term. Once this date has passed, your academic record will be closed and no further changes can be made.