Speakers & Honorary Degrees

Student speakers, honorary degree, and special award recipients make each academic college's Commencement ceremony a unique and personalized experience for graduates and guests. 

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Each Commencement ceremony features the conferral of degrees, greetings by university, alumni and state officials, remarks by a graduate and undergraduate speaker, and the awarding of an Honorary Degree or Distinguished Faculty Service Award.

Every May, one Commencement ceremony will feature a prominent Commencement speaker from outside of the university community. The ceremony with this notable speaker will be designated as the University Commencement. Although one ceremony will carry this designation, all ceremonies are equally significant. While the University Commencement ceremony can only accommodate graduates and guests of the academic college hosting the ceremony, the University Commencement as with all other ceremonies will be live-steamed from the Commencement homepage on the day of the ceremony.

Towson University Honorary Degree Recipients are selected through a process overseen by the Office of the President, while student speakers (graduate and undergraduate) are selected through nomination processes overseen by each academic college.

Spring 2017 Student Speakers

The Spring 2017 speaker biographies and photos will be added in early May.