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Congratulations December 2019 Graduates!

Please read the information below carefully.

Graduation Application

You must submit an application for December 2019 graduation in Self-Service Banner no later than  Monday, November 18, 2019 if you want your name to appear in the STHM Graduation Ceremony booklet.

  • 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.

Please note that your academic name listed in Banner will be used on your diploma. If you need to update your academic name, such as adding a middle name or suffix, you must complete the Personal Information Update form and send it via TUsafesend to the Office of the University Registrar at A copy of a government-issued photo ID is required with this form to verify that the requested name change matches the student’s legal name. Please include your name, TUID number, and how you want your name printed on your diploma in the body of the email.

* 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.

Also, please be sure to update your personal email address and cell phone number by going to TUcredentials (TUportal > Student Tools > Records Channel > TUcredentials).

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


Winter Graduation Information

The School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management Graduation Ceremony

Thursday, December 19, 2019
Temple Performing Arts Center
1837 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Undergraduates & Graduate Students: 9:30 AM

Graduating students must report to the Lower Level of the Temple Performing Arts Center to check in and line up by 8:45 AM. Graduates may enter through the main entrance on Broad Street.

*There will be a light reception for graduates and their guests immediately following the ceremony conclusion in the First Floor Atrium of Alter Hall.


Graduating students do not need tickets.

Each student may invite up to 10 guests to the ceremony. Tickets are not required for the STHM Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, December 19.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where Do I RSVP For The Ceremonies And Reception?

  • STHM Graduation Ceremony and Reception: Click here to RSVP
  • Do I have to RSVP?
    Yes. All STHM graduates MUST RSVP for the STHM Graduation Ceremony and the reception on the STHM RSVP site no later than Monday, December 9, 2019.

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 STHM Graduation Ceremony announcements. Announcements are included in the graduation packet, along with a parking pass. The packet can be picked up in Speakman Hall, Room 111, from December 10 through December 16, between 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM.

How Do I Order My Cap And Gown?

Graduates are required to wear academic regalia (cap, gown, and hood) to participate in the STHM Graduation Ceremony. Visit the bookstore’s website to order.

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 receive the Master of Science Degree (tassel and velvet color are yellow-gold).

Please note:

  • 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?

Parking will be available for graduates and their families in the Liacouras Garage, 1710 N. 15th Street. Each graduate will receive one free parking pass that can be picked up in Speakman Hall, Room 111, between 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM, from December 10 through December 16, 2019. All other cars should expect to pay the parking fee in the lots.

Cash only will be accepted.

Parking is very limited on campus that day, so please consider carpooling with your guests or taking public transportation.

Parking passes will not be mailed.

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?

New for December 2019 Graduates – Students may request two types of diplomas: electronic and paper. The default diploma is electronic; however, students may also request a paper diploma in addition to the electronic credential. Electronic, digital diplomas will be emailed to your TU email address with a link to the vendor, Parchment for download. Paper diplomas may also be requested at the time of graduation filing. Electronic diplomas are typically available four to five weeks after degree clearance/verification is completed while paper diplomas may take six to eight weeks upon clearance. Paper diplomas will be mailed to the address listed on the graduation application. 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. Address information should be updated in Banner if graduates expect a change before graduation.

Diploma frames can be ordered through the University Bookstore.