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Congratulations Prospective May 2018 graduates!

Please read the information below carefully.

  • Thursday, May 10, 2018, 9:30 AM: Temple University’s 131st Commencement Exercises, The Liacouras Center
  • Friday, May 11, 2018, 9:30 AM: The School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management Graduation Ceremony, Temple Performing Arts Center

Graduation Application Information

You must submit an application for May 2018 graduation in Self-Service Banner.  Mark your calendar to complete it by May 2.

  • Log into TU Portal and click on the Self Service Banner link in the left column
  • Click on the Student tab
  • Click on the Student Records tab
  • Click on Apply to Graduate and follow the instructions to complete

Before submitting, verify that all your program information is listed correctly in the application – your graduation date, your major(s), minor(s) and certificate(s). Please be sure that your name is spelled and punctuated exactly as you want it to appear on your diploma.

* If you have already submitted a graduation application through Self-Service Banner, click on View Graduation Application and review the information to be sure it is correct.

Read below for a full schedule of events and frequently asked questions.

May Graduation Dates and Schedule

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 9:30 AM – Temple University’s 131st Commencement Exercises at The Liacouras Center:

This ceremony includes graduates from the entire University. The University Commencement lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The Liacouras Center will open at 8:00 a.m. on the morning of Commencement. Graduates must report to the loading dock entrance (on Broad Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue) no later than 8:15 AM in academic regalia and maintain single file lines behind their college banners.

Additional information for graduates can be found on the University’s Commencement website at

Friday, May 11, 2018, 9:30 AM – The School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management Graduation Ceremony at the Temple Performing Arts Center

This ceremony only includes undergraduates and master’s students from the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management. The ceremony lasts approximately 1-1/2 hours, depending on the number of graduates in attendance.

Participating students should report to the lower level of the Temple Performing Arts Center no later than 8:15 AM on Friday, May 11th, to sign in and line up.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where Do I RSVP For The Ceremonies And Reception?

Do I have to RSVP?

Yes.  All graduates MUST RSVP for the graduation ceremonies and the reception on the STHM RSVP site no later than April 19, 2018 at

How Do I Order My Cap And Gown?

Graduates are required to wear academic regalia (cap, gown, and hood) to participate in the STHM/Fox School of Business Graduation Ceremony. Visit the bookstore’s website to order or click here for details.

Please be sure to purchase the appropriate regalia. The regalia are specific to the degree the student is receiving, not to the school or college he or she has attended:

  • All undergraduate students in STHM receive the Bachelor of Science Degree (tassel and velvet hood color are yellow-gold).
  • Graduate students in the Sport Business Program receive the Master of Science Degree (tassel and velvet color are yellow-gold).
  • Graduate students in the Tourism and Hospitality Management Program receive the Master of Tourism and Hospitality Management Degree (tassel and velvet hood color are crimson).

Where Do We Park?

STHM has been assigned the Liacouras Garage (1710 N. 15th Street) and the Temple Towers Lot (1651 N. 13th Street) for Commencement. For the Graduation Ceremony, STHM has been assigned the Montgomery Garage (1859 N. 11th Street) and the Cecil B. Moore Lot (1223 Cecil B. Moore Avenue). Further information on the lots can be found at

Each graduate will receive one free parking pass that must be picked up in Room 111 Speakman Hall, between 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM, on dates to be announced. All other cards should expect to pay the $17 parking fee in the lots. Parking is very limited on campus that day, so please consider car pooling with your guests or taking public transportation.

Will I Receive A Yearbook? When And Where Do I Take My Yearbook Photo?

All undergraduate students who are graduating are entitled to receive a yearbook. Yearbooks are published once a year in May and are available from the School.

Temple University sends out emails regarding Senior Portraits for the Templar yearbook. Instructions are received starting in the summer prior to your graduating year. If you have not taken your senior portrait with Prestige by Lifetouch by December of your graduating year, you will not make the publication deadline to be in that year’s book. To contact Prestige, please call Scheduling Manager, Mary Ellen Dougherty at 1-800-334-1531, ext. 2190 or email her at

For information about the yearbook and yearbook photos, please visit the Templar website.

When Will I Receive My Diploma?

Diplomas will be mailed to the address listed on the graduation application within 6 to 8 weeks of graduation to all academically cleared students. Diplomas will not be released to students who owe the University money or library books, to those who have not completed exit paperwork if required, or to those who have “financial holds.” Students should resolve such matters prior to graduation and contact the School in order to receive their diplomas on time. Address information should be updated with the School and in Banner if graduates expect a change before graduation.

Diploma frames can be ordered through the University Bookstore.

Where Can I Pick Up The Ceremony Announcements?

Graduation Ceremony announcements are commemorative cards announcing the details of the ceremonies. Eligible graduates will receive four Graduation Ceremony announcements. Announcements can be picked up in Room 111, Speakman Hall, between April 23rd and April 27th, from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.