Last Update: December 11, 2020
Eligible graduates receive registration information and other details about commencement by email 3 - 4 months in advance of the ceremony. Please check your TUJ email regularly for updates.
Eligibility to Graduate
PREPARE TO GRADUATE - Graduation Application
Submit this 1 semester prior to your graduating semester (2 semesters prior if you are taking Summer semester off).
If you are planning to complete all remaining degree requirements and graduate in the following semester, you must apply for graduation through Self Service Banner before the deadline. Refer to the Academic Calendar for the application deadline.
You can apply to graduate by following the steps below:
- In TU Portal, select the Student Tools Tab
- Under Records (right hand side), select Apply to Graduate
- Continue the application process until you come to the application submission confirmation
If you are also earning a certificate (not minors or double majors), you must apply separately for your certificate. 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 make sure you are on track for graduation, you can schedule an appointment with an academic advisor at AAC.
View the Graduation Checklist for the other steps you may need to take.
Eligibility to Walk in the Commencement (Graduation Ceremony)
- Undergraduate students who completed their degree requirements in the 2 academic terms immediately preceding the June commencement: Those who received their diplomas in August (summer graduates) or December (fall graduates).
- Undergraduate students who complete their coursework in the semester immediately preceding the June ceremony, and who are eligible to graduate in May (spring graduates).
Undergraduate students who do not belong to the categories described above may submit the Petition for Non-Graduates to Attend the University Commencement. Please 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, please contact the Academic Advising Center.
Please contact the relevant program office about eligibility to graduate and 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 ceremony is followed by a reception.
In 2020 only there will be a special one-time ceremony held on December 11th.
The venue will be announced in the official invitation and posted on the graduation ceremony website after the invitation is mailed.
What do graduates wear?
Graduates must dress in academic regalia (cap and gown, and if you are receiving an advanced degree, an academic hood). The vendor will offer a special price for TUJ. Further information can be found in the invitation.
How long does the ceremony last?
The graduation ceremony is approximately two hours, typically 14:30 to 16:30 with graduates attending rehearsal and photo shoots beginning at 12:00.
Please Note: The special one-time ceremony to be held on December 11, 2020 is an evening event and the schedule differs from the usual June ceremony. Please see the details in the box above or check your email for further information.
Do graduates need an admission ticket?
There is no admission ticket. An eligible graduate will have received an official invitation letter or other documentation from TUJ and have either registered online or faxed back the registration form.
May I bring guests?
Each eligible graduate can bring two guests. Seating for guests is available on a first-come-first-served basis.
We broadcast the graduation ceremony live online. On-demand viewing is available on the TUJ website after the ceremony.