Commencement Update

Last Update: January, 2024

To All Recent TUJ Graduates and Graduands:

TUJ will hold its next commencement ceremony on Friday May 17, 2024, at Hitomi Memorial Hall. The ceremony will begin at 18:30 and is expected to conclude around 20:30. Following the ceremony, a small reception will be held at the TUJ campus. There is no limit on the number of guests you may bring. Students who complete their degree requirements by end of the following three academic terms are eligible to participate in the ceremony as regular degree candidates:

  • Summer 2023
  • Fall 2023
  • Spring 2024

See the video of this year’s ceremony for your reference.

Important Next Steps:

  1. Keep your email active. Recent TUJ graduates should keep their TUJ email accounts active to receive further updates about commencement. TUJ email accounts are active only for one year after completing your degree unless you take active steps to maintain your account. Please see the following link for details and instructions: TU Alumni Email Accounts 
  2. Register in March 2024. The official invitation will be mailed to your TU mail account in early March 2024. The invitation will contain details about registration, the ceremony, and ordering your regalia.
  3. Check for Updates: Updates on Commencement will be posted here on the TUJ Commencement webpage, and on the special 2024 commencement webpage, which will be launched in March 2024.
  4. Communicate with TUJ. Please direct any comments or questions to the Commencement Team at


The TUJ Commencement Team


Eligible graduates will receive registration information and other details about commencement by email 3-4 months in advance of the ceremony. Check your TUmail regularly for updates.

Undergraduate Programs

Eligibility to Graduate

Undergraduate students who are nearing the completion of their academic degree requirements must apply to graduate one semester in advance of the completion of their degree requirements. Students should apply two semesters in advance if they are taking the summer semester off and plan to complete their degree requirements at the end of the following fall term. Refer to the Academic Calendar for all application deadlines.

Apply to Graduate

Follow the steps below:

  1. In TUportal, select the Student Tools Tab
  2. Under Records (right side), select Apply to Graduate
  3. Continue the application process until you come to the application submission confirmation

Visual Guide 

If you are earning a certificate in addition to your degree (not minors or double majors), you must apply separately for your certificate following the steps above.

If the declared major/minor/certificate shown is incorrect, please inform the Academic Advising Center (AAC) immediately and do not submit your graduation application until it has been corrected.

To determine that you are on track for graduation you should schedule an appointment with an academic advisor at AAC to review your progress and anticipated date of completion, as well as all requirements and deadlines.

Review the Graduation Checklist for other steps you may need to take.

Note that the Application to Graduate above is separate and distinct from the annual commencement ceremony. The ceremony requires a separate registration form to participate. Details are below.

Participating in the Annual Commencement (Graduation) Ceremony in May.

Who is Eligible?

  • Undergraduate students who successfully complete their degree requirements in the three academic terms immediately preceding the scheduled commencement date are eligible to participate in the ceremony. This includes students who received their diplomas in either August (summer graduates) or December (fall graduates) of the preceding year, and those students completing their coursework in May (spring graduates) in the month immediately preceding the May commencement ceremony.

Undergraduate students who do not belong to the categories described above may submit a Petition for Non-Graduates to Attend the University Commencement. Refer to the Graduation Procedure or contact the Academic Advising Center.

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility to take part in the May ceremony, contact the Academic Advising Center.

 Academic Advising Center

Graduate Programs

Contact the relevant program office to confirm your eligibility to participate in the June ceremony.

 Graduate College of Education

 Master in Management Program

 Beasley School of Law


The Ceremony


TUJ organizes a formal commencement ceremony once each year, usually on the third or fourth Friday in May. This is the continuation of the Commencement of Temple University, which starts in Philadelphia in early May.


The venue is announced in the official invitation and is posted on the graduation ceremony website after the invitation is mailed. TUJ has held its ceremony at Hitomi Memorial Hall on the campus of Showa Women’s University since 2020.

What do graduates wear?

Graduates must dress in academic regalia (cap, gown, and academic hood*). The vendor offers a special price for TUJ graduates. Further information can be found in the invitation and website.

* An academic hood is not required for AA degree graduates.

How long does the ceremony last?

The graduation ceremony is approximately two hours.

Do graduates need an admission ticket?

There is no admission ticket. Eligible graduates will receive an official invitation email from TUJ, and need to register online.

May I bring guests?

There is no limit to the number of guests you can bring.  Seating for guests is available on a first come, first served basis.

Live Broadcasting

TUJ will broadcast the graduation ceremony live online. On-demand viewing is available on the TUJ website after the ceremony. 

Past TUJ Commencements

 Graduation 2023
 Graduation 2022
 Graduation 2021
 Graduation 2020
 Graduation 2019
 Graduation 2018
 Graduation 2017
 Graduation 2016
 Graduation 2015
 Graduation 2014
 Graduation 2013
 Graduation 2012
 Graduation 2011

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