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.

What is the difference between University Commencement and the SMC Graduation Ceremony?

There are two separate ceremonies being held on Friday, May 8, 2015: Temple University’s 128th Commencement Exercises and the School of Media and Communication’s Graduation Ceremony.  You are not required to attend both.

  • Temple University’s 128th Commencement Exercises: University Commencement is held in the Liacouras Center at 10 a.m. on May 8th. This event includes graduates from the entire University and lasts approximately 90 minutes.
    • Graduates are asked to report by 8:45 a.m. to the loading dock entrance of the Liacouras Center (on Broad Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue) in full academic regalia on the morning of Commencement.
    • Additional information can be found on the University’s Commencement website here: http://www.temple.edu/commencement/.
  • School of Media and Communication’s Graduation Ceremony: The second ceremony is the School of Media and Communication’s Graduation, which is being held at 1:30 p.m. in McGonigle Hall. The ceremony lasts approximately two hours, depending on the number of graduates in attendance.
    • Graduates must report to McGonigle Hall no later than 12:30 p.m. to receive their name cards and seating assignments.
    • At this ceremony, each student is recognized individually by the Dean as he or she is called on stage.  A professional photographer from US Candids will be present to capture this important moment of achievement.

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

Yes, guests are required to present tickets for both the University Commencement and the SMC May 2015 Graduation Ceremony**. Eligible students must register for tickets to attend the ceremony. Each student is entitled to a MAXIMUM of four (4) tickets.  To RSVP, please visit the Commencement website: http://www.temple.edu/commencement/graduates/tickets.html.

  • The University Commencement and the SMC Graduation Ceremony RSVP will begin on February 16, 2015. The deadline to RSVP is Friday, March 20, 2015.
  • For Undergraduate (BA) students, tickets will be available for pick-up in the SMC Student Affairs Office, Annenberg Hall – Room 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, April 13, 2015 through Friday, April 17, 2015. All students must present valid ID and sign that they received their requested number of tickets. Note: Once you sign for your tickets, they are NON-REPLACEABLE. It is the responsibility of the student to count and retain their allotted number of tickets. Lost or stolen tickets will NOT be replaced. Forfeited tickets will NOT be redistributed. No extra tickets will be given. Tickets will NOT be mailed.
  • For Graduate (MA, MJ, MS, and PhD) students, tickets will be available for pick-up in the SMC Office of Research & Graduate Studies, Annenberg Hall – Room 344, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, April 13, 2015 through Friday, April 17, 2015.

**SMC 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 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. Wheelchair access to McGonigle Hall is available from the 15th Street Lot, which is between Broad and 15th Streets.  You may take a look at the campus map here (McGonigle Hall is 37B): http://www.temple.edu/sites/temple/files/uploads/documents/TUMain_map.pdf.

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 April 24, 2015.

Will I receive announcements?

Each student is entitled to four (4) announcements.  Students will receive them along with their graduation ceremony tickets in April. If a student is interested in obtaining additional announcements, they may order them through Herff Jones.

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

Prospective May 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 February 15, 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 February 16 – March 20, 2015.

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

*Students may only attend one school graduation.  If you participated in a previous ceremony, you are not eligible to attend.

**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.

If I am a prospective July 2015 graduate approved to “walk”, will my name be called?

Yes, your name will be announced if you attend the SMC Graduation Ceremony.

If I am a FMA or Theater prospective graduate, when will my ceremony be held?

The Division of Theater, Film and Media Arts (TFMA) is a part of the Center for the Arts.  For more information regarding TMFA’s graduation ceremony, please contact Leah Dempsey at leahdempsey@temple.edu or 215-204-8791.

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 August 2014, December 2014, and May 2015 graduating classes. At Convocation, students’ names are called and students receive their honors cords. Beginning on February 16, 2015, 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 March 20, 2015.

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 August 2014, December 2014, and May 2015 are as follows:

  • CGPA 3.60 to 3.75 = Cum Laude
  • CGPA 3.76 to 3.87 = Magna Cum Laude
  • CGPA 3.88 to 4.0 = Summa Cum Laude

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 is now available: https://oakhalli.com/colleges/templeuniversity.

How do I purchase academic regalia?

Graduates are required to appear at both the University Commencement and the SMC Graduation Ceremony wearing an approved cap, tassel, gown, and hood. Online ordering is not available at this time.  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 May 2015 Graduation Ceremony will be held in the McGonigle Hall, 1800 N. 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 484-891-0482.

How do I schedule my senior portrait for the 2015 Templar Yearbook?

Senior Portraits for the 2015 Templar Yearbook will begin on Monday, August 11, 2014.  It is important that you schedule your appointment by logging onto www.ouryear.com, entering school code 87120 or by calling 1-800-OUR-YEAR (687-9327), during normal business hours.  If you have additional questions, please contact the Templar Yearbook staff at 215-204-7299.

How do I receive my yearbook?

Yearbooks will be available in the SMC Student Affairs Office in Annenberg Hall, Room 9, at the end of April 2015. 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. The Templar Office is in the Howard Gittis Student Center – Room 243, located at 13th Street and Montgomery Avenue. Visit the Templar website.