Last Update: February 24, 2021
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.
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:
- In TUportal, select the Student Tools Tab
- Under Records (right side), select Apply to Graduate
- Continue the application process until you come to the application submission confirmation
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 June.
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 June 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 June ceremony, contact the Academic Advising Center.
Contact the relevant program office to confirm your eligibility to participate in the June ceremony.
TUJ organizes a formal commencement ceremony once each year, usually on the first or second Sunday in June. This is the continuation of the Commencement of Temple University, which starts in Philadelphia in May.
The venue is announced in the official invitation and is posted on the graduation ceremony website after the invitation is mailed. In 2021, TUJ will hold its ceremony at Hitomi Memorial Hall on the campus of Showa Women’s University.
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.
* An academic hood is not required for AA degree graduates.
How long does the ceremony last?
The graduation ceremony is approximately two hours, typically 14:30 to 16:30 with graduates also attending a same-day rehearsal and a photo shoot.
Do graduates need an admission ticket?
There is no admission ticket. Eligible graduates will receive an official invitation letter or other documentation from TUJ, and may either register online, or submit a registration form in person or by fax.
May I bring guests?
Each eligible graduate may bring two guests. Seating for guests is available on a first come, first served basis.
TUJ will broadcast the graduation ceremony live online. On-demand viewing is available on the TUJ website after the ceremony.