FAQs

How do I know if I am NOT academically cleared to graduate?

Upon review of your academic history, if it is determined that you have NOT met all necessary degree requirements, you will be contacted directly by an academic advisor. You will receive a formal letter in the mail instructing you to change your prospective graduation date and to register for classes. If you are cleared to graduate* and do not have holds against your account, you will receive your diploma approximately eight weeks after the current term’s diploma date.

*Please be aware that attending a graduation ceremony is NOT an indication that a student is academically cleared to graduate. Your final transcript with your degree posted is your official verification of graduation.

Are tickets required for my guests to attend the SMC Graduation Ceremony?

Yes, guests are required to present tickets for the SMC Winter Graduation Ceremony**.

  • Registration for the SMC Winter Graduation Ceremony is not available at this time. The deadline to register is TBA.
  • The deadline to pick up guest tickets is TBA.

**SMC Winter Graduation Ceremony tickets will NOT be redistributed.  No extra tickets will be given.  Tickets will NOT be mailed.

If I have guests who require special accommodation, will there be seating available?

For the SMC Winter Graduation Ceremony, there will be a section available for guests who require special accommodation. A specific location will be designated, and staff will be on-hand to direct those in need. To view accessible seating options, please visit: http://templeperformingartscenter.org/accessibility.

The wheelchair-accessible entrance to the Temple Performing Arts Center is located on the north side of the venue at the corner of Broad Street and Polett Walk near the University Gate. For additional information, please visit: http://templeperformingartscenter.org/.

If I need special accommodation for the ceremony, how do I request assistance?

If you (the student) require special accommodation for the ceremony, please e-mail smcgrad@temple.edu with your full name, TUID#, and the nature of your need so that our office may plan accordingly to assist you.  Deadline to submit your request is November 19, 2015.

Will I receive announcements?

If a student is interested in obtaining announcements, they may order them through Herff Jones.

How do I know if I am eligible to attend the SMC Winter Graduation Ceremony?

Prospective July 2015 graduates, you are eligible to attend the ceremony if you have:

  • had your graduation review with an academic advisor.
  • completed your mandatory online graduation application by May 18, 2015 on the TU Portal through Self-Service Banner under Students Records and Apply to Graduate.
  • submitted your RSVP to attend the graduation ceremony between TBA-TBA.
  • been conferred your degree in July 2015*.

*Students may only attend one school graduation.  If you petitioned to walk in the May 2015 ceremonies, you are not eligible to attend the Winter Ceremony.

Prospective December 2015 graduates, you are eligible to attend the ceremony if you have:

  • had your graduation review with an academic advisor.
  • completed your mandatory online graduation application by October 1, 2015 on the TU Portal through Self-Service Banner under Students Records and Apply to Graduate.
  • submitted your RSVP to attend the graduation ceremony between TBA-TBA.

Please be aware that attending a graduation ceremony is NOT an indication that a student is academically cleared to graduate. Your final transcript with your degree posted is your official verification of graduation.

What is the Student Honors Convocation?  How do I know if I am eligible to attend?

The Student Honors Convocation is held in recognition of the top 16% of the July 2015, December 2015, and May 2016 graduating classes. At Convocation, students’ names are called and students receive their honors cords.

In early February 2016, eligible students will have an option to RSVP for the Student Honors Convocation through the Commencement website. If you plan to participate, you must RSVP by the deadline.

More information will be available in February 2016.

Am I eligible to receive Latin Honors?

To be eligible for Graduation (Latin) Honors, at least 60 credits must be completed at Temple University and the final cumulative GPA must meet the qualifying standards.  The qualifying cumulative GPA standards for SMC students graduating in July 2015, December 2015, and May 2016 have not been announced. Please check back at a later date.

You may view the full policy on the Undergraduate Bulletin: http://bulletin.temple.edu/undergraduate/academic-policies/honors-academic-achievement/.

Must I purchase academic regalia?

The wearing of academic regalia (cap, tassel, gown, and hood) is required for participation in the SMC Winter Graduation Ceremony.  Online ordering will be available later in the Fall 2015 semester.

How do I purchase academic regalia?

Graduates are required to appear at the SMC Winter Graduation Ceremony wearing an approved cap, tassel, gown, and hood. Online ordering will be available later in the Fall 2015 semester. The total price for your full regalia is as follows:

  • Bachelor of Arts: $65.98 + tax
  • Master’s degree: $70.98 + tax
  • Doctorate: $85.98 + tax

Please note: The cap, gown, tassel and hood are yours to keep. You do not need to return these items after the ceremony. The cap and gown are black; the hood is red, white and black; and the tassel is white with a gold ’15 charm.

To pick up your academic regalia, you must visit the Temple University Bookstore, located at 13th Street and Montgomery Avenue in the Howard Gittis Student Center. The Bookstore accepts payment in cash, check (payable to Temple University Bookstore), Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.  If you require additional information, please contact Ms. Vicki Lentine (Bookstore) at 215-204-8970 or Oak Hall (vendor) at 1-800-456-7623.

How will I receive my diploma?

If you are academically cleared and do not have holds against your account, the diploma will be mailed to the PERMANENT address listed on your Online Graduation Application approximately eight weeks after the current term’s diploma date.  If you do not receive your diploma after such time, please email diploma@temple.edu.

When should holds from my Temple account be removed prior to the Graduation Ceremony?

Any holds against your account (Financial, Library, Athletic, Student Health Services, University Disciplinary Committee, and Exit Interviews) must be removed at least two weeks prior to graduation. Temple University will not release diplomas if a hold appears on the student’s account. To determine whether your account has any outstanding holds, visit Self-Service Banner, select StudentStudent Records, and View Holds.

Are directions available?

The SMC Winter Graduation Ceremony will be held in the Temple Performing Arts Center (TPAC), 1837 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122. For more information, please visit our Directions page: http://smc.temple.edu/graduation/directions.

What do I do with my regalia after the ceremony is over?

You may keep it as a souvenir or pass it along to your friends who are future SMC graduates.

How can I purchase photographs of the ceremony?

US Candids will photograph all the graduates as they walk across the stage.  Photos should be posted online within one-to-three days after the ceremony.  To view and purchase photos, visit their website.  If you are unable to view the photos, please call (844-922-6343).

How do I schedule my senior portrait for the 2016 Templar Yearbook?

At this time, dates for Senior Portraits for the 2016 Templar Yearbook have not been announced. Please return during the Fall 2015 semester for more information.  If you have additional questions, please contact the Templar Yearbook staff at 215-204-7299 or templaryearbook@gmail.com.

How do I receive my yearbook?

2016 Yearbooks will be available in April 2016. They will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, while supplies last. If you have questions/concerns regarding the yearbook, you may contact Templar staff at 215-204-7299 or templaryearbook@gmail.com. The Templar Office is in the Howard Gittis Student Center – Room 243, located at 13th Street and Montgomery Avenue. Visit the Templar website here: http://www.temple.edu/templar/.