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 6, 2016: Temple University’s 129th Commencement Exercises and the School of Media and Communication’s Graduation Ceremony.  You are not required to attend both.

  • Temple University’s 129th Commencement Exercises: University Commencement is held in the Liacouras Center at 10 a.m. on May 6th. 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 4:30 p.m. in Liacouras Center. The ceremony lasts approximately two hours, depending on the number of graduates in attendance.
    • Graduates must report to the Liacouras Center no later than 3:30 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 2016 Graduation Ceremony. Registration will take place from Monday, February 22, 2016 through Friday, March 18, 2016. To register and RSVP for guest tickets, please visit the Commencement website at: http://www.temple.edu/commencement/graduates/tickets.html.

**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 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.  For more information, click here to review the Liacouras Center Seating Diagram (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 15, 2016.

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 2016 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 1, 2016 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 22- March 18, 2016.

Prospective July 2016 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.

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. Beginning on February 22, 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 March 18, 2016.

For the School of Media and Communication, the Student Honors Convocation will be held Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in the Temple Performing Arts Center (TPAC).

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 are as follows:

  • CGPA 3.62 to 3.77 = Cum Laude
  • CGPA 3.78 to 3.88 = Magna Cum Laude
  • CGPA 3.89 to 4.0 = Summa Cum Laude

You may view the full policy on the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Must I purchase academic regalia?

The wearing of academic regalia (cap, gown, tassel, and hood) is required for participation in the SMC Graduation Ceremony. Online ordering is now available here: https://oakhalli.com/colleges/templeuniversity.

How do I purchase academic regalia?

Graduates are required to appear at the SMC Graduation Ceremony wearing an approved cap, gown, tassel, and hood. The cap and gown are black; the hood is red, white and black; and the tassel is white with a gold ’16 charm. Online ordering is now available here: https://oakhalli.com/colleges/templeuniversity. 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

To pick up your academic regalia in-person, please visit the Temple University Bookstore, located at 13th Street and Montgomery Avenue in the Howard Gittis Student Center. Questions? Please contact Ms. Vicki Lentine (Bookstore) at 215-204-8970 or Oak Hall (vendor) at 1-800-456-7623.

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 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?

Any hold against your account 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 Graduation Ceremony will be held in the Liacouras Center, 1776 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121. For more information, please visit our Directions page.

How can I purchase photographs of the ceremony?

US Candids will photograph all the students 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 2015-2016 Templar Yearbook?

You may schedule your Senior Portrait here: www.ouryear.com. Enter school code 87120 and follow instructions to complete your reservation. Questions? Please contact the Templar Yearbook staff at 215-204-7299 or templaryearbook@gmail.com.

How do I receive my yearbook?

Yearbooks will be available in April 2016. They will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, while supplies last. Questions? Please contact the Templar Yearbook staff at 215-204-7299 or templaryearbook@gmail.com.