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Congratulations Graduates!

Please read the information below carefully.

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2020 Senior Portraits

Students set to graduate in 2020 can now start scheduling their senior photos for the Templar Yearbook.

When:  Beginning Monday, August 5th
Where: Howard Gittis Student Center, Room 220

Schedule your appointment at using school code 87120 or call 1-800-687-9327 Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Portraits will be taken in your business attire, and cap & gown. Caps and gowns will be provided. Please be prepared to provide the photographer with your major at the time of your sitting. Don’t forget that you can use these portraits for your professional networking and job search sites.  All STHM undergraduates are receiving the Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in Sport and Recreation Management or Tourism and Hospitality Management.

All questions should be directed to the photographer.

Graduation Application

You must submit an application for May 2020 graduation in Self-Service Banner no later than  February 1, 2020.

  • 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.


Graduation Information

Spring Graduation

Congratulations May 2019 graduates! Please read the information below carefully. There are two separate ceremonies being held for May 2019 graduates:

Temple University’s 132nd Commencement Exercises

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 9:30 AM

The first ceremony is Temple University’s 132nd Commencement Exercises in the Liacouras Center beginning at 9:30 AM on Thursday, May 9th. 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


The School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management Graduation Ceremony
Friday, May 10, 2019

Temple Performing Arts Center
1837 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Undergraduates & Graduate Students: 10:30 AM

View the live stream of the STHM Graduation Ceremony (beginning at 10:30AM)

A small reception will be held for graduates and their families in the Atrium on the first floor of Alter Hall
following the STHM Graduation Ceremony at 12:00PM.

The second ceremony for STHM students will be held on Friday, May 10, 2019, at 10:30 AM in 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 9:15 AM on Friday, May 10, to sign in and line up.



Graduating students do not need tickets.

Each student is eligible to request a maximum of four (4) tickets for the University Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 9 and a maximum of five (5) tickets for the STHM Graduation Ceremony on Friday, May 10.

Requesting Additional Tickets for the STHM Ceremony

All extra ticket requests have been fully allocated. No additional tickets are available for the STHM graduation ceremony. Graduation packets will include the original requested number of tickets and any approved extra tickets allotments.

Requesting Additional Tickets for Temple University Commencement

Each graduate must RSVP and request tickets for their guests from February 18, 2019 through March 21, 2019 on the University’s Commencement Exercises web page.  Ticket pick-up will be available in Room 111 Speakman Hall, from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM, from April 22 through April 26, 2019.  All tickets not picked up will be subject to redistribution beginning April 27, 2019.  Lost tickets will not be replaced, and no tickets will be mailed.

RSVP For Temple University Commencement

Where Can I Pick Up The Ceremony Announcements?

Graduation Ceremony announcements are commemorative cards announcing the details of the ceremonies. Eligible graduates will receive five STHM Graduation Ceremony announcements. Announcements are included in the graduation packet, along with commencement tickets (if requested), STHM graduation ceremony tickets, and parking passes. The packet can be picked up in Speakman Hall, Room 111, from April 22 through May 3, between 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM.

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 Friday, April 19, 2019.

How Do I Order My Cap And Gown?

Graduates are required to wear academic regalia (cap, gown, and hood) to participate in the University Commencement Exercises and 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).
  • 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.  STHM has been assigned Lot #8 (Cecil B. Moore Avenue Between 11th & 12th Streets) and the Temple Towers Lot (1651 N. 13th Street) for parking.

Each graduate will receive a free parking pass that can be picked up in Speakman Hall, Room 111, between 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM, from April 22 through April 26, 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?

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.  Address information should be updated in Banner if graduates expect a change before graduation.

Diploma frames can be ordered through the University Bookstore.