The Commencement ceremonies would not be possible without the institution's extraordinary faculty. Here you'll find resources and information specifically for faculty with special Commencement roles and for those faculty participating in the ceremonies.
The dean of each academic college has appointed a Lead Marshal to share information and facilitate communication between the Office of the Provost, Commencement Committee and the faculty and administration of their college.
Winter 2016 Lead Marshals
- College of Business & Economics: Plamen Peev, Ph.D.
- College of Education: Laila Richman, Ph.D.
- College of Fine Arts & Communication: Thomas Cascella, MFA
- College of Health Professions: Vicky Kent, Ph.D., RN, CNE
- College of Liberal Arts: Martin Roberge, Ph.D.
- Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics: Darush Davani, Sc.D.
Special Role Faculty Members
There are approximately 15 special roles faculty members fulfill during the university’s commencement ceremonies. The Faculty Special Roles Guide provides an overview of the roles and their responsibilities required of each position.
winter 2016 Grand marshals
The Grand Marshal leads the procession of university faculty and graduates while carrying the mace, a ceremonial symbol of authority and independence. Grand Marshals are typically the longest-serving faculty member at the university or in an academic college, and it is considered to be a great honor to be selected for this role.
- College of Liberal Arts: Victor Fisher, Ph.D.
- College of Health Professions: Mary Lashley, Ph.D.
- College of Fine Arts and Communication: Michael Decker, M.F.A.
Faculty members who are participating in the procession are required to wear regalia. Academic Regalia can be purchased or rented from the University Store. Please visit University Store Regalia for pricing and ordering information.
Faculty members planning on participating in future commencement activities may choose to purchase a cap and gown for continued use. Faculty interested in purchasing their own academic regalia may do so directly from Oak Hall Cap & Gown or by contacting Ruth Evelyn Schmidt in the University Store at 410-704-4621.
Limited parking for faculty participants will be available in Lot 21 (see Commencement Parking map). Faculty members parking in Lot 21 must display a special commencement parking permit, and the Lead Marshal is responsible for distributing theses permits to faculty members prior to the day of the ceremony. Additional staff parking will be available in the Union Garage. Shuttles will run between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. between the Union Garage and the Towson Center/SECU Arena.
Faculty Processional, Special Seating, and Recessional
Faculty should arrive 75 minutes prior the start of the ceremony to allow sufficient time to park, go to the faculty robing area (Towson Center, Room 117), get dressed, and be ready to line up to process into SECU Arena 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.
The Commencement procession will begin with the students at the stated ceremony start time. Faculty process after the students and just before the President's party.