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.
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. The Winter 2017
Grand Marshals representing the following colleges are:
Donald C. Forester is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biological Sciences.
Special Role Faculty Members
There are several additional special roles faculty members fulfill during the university’s
commencement ceremonies each spring and winter. An overview of the roles and responsibilities
is provided in the Faculty Special Role Descriptions resource.
Faculty members who are participating in the procession are required to wear regalia.
Academic Regalia can be purchased or rented from the Herff Jones, the university's
Faculty members planning on participating in future commencement activities may choose
to purchase a cap and gown for continued use. Faculty may purchase regalia online for a delivery date that will be determined by the regalia provide Herff Jones. Additional
information about purchasing personal academic regalia may be obtained by contacting Ruth Evelyn Schmidtin the University Store at 410-704-4621.
Before the Ceremony
Faculty members who would like to be part of the processional should contact their
lead marshal (listed above).
If you are a faculty member from another college who would like to join the processional
in different ceremony in order to participate in a ceremony where a family member
is graduating, please contact the lead marshal for graduate's colleg
A parking permit will be distributed to you by your college's lead marshal prior to
the ceremony. Permits are limited and cannot be replaced if lost. Faculty are also
encouraged to carpool or considering taking shuttle transportation from the Union
Garage or Administration Building.
Processing faculty members should arrive 75 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.
Limited parking for faculty participants will be available in Lot 21 (see Commencement Parking map). Please note that faculty members parking in this lot must display a commencement
parking permit to park in this area.
Additional 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.
Upon arrival, processing faculty should report directly to the faculty robing area
(Towson Center, Room 117). If picking up rental regalia, please visit the University
Store's regalia station located near the entrance of the faculty robing room.
College lead marshals and commencement staff members will be available upon arrival
to check faculty in and assist with robing and processional instructions.
After checking-in at the robing room, faculty members are encouraged to visit the
student robing room, which is located nearby in the Towson Center gymnasiums (staff
will provide directions to this area if needed).
All processing faculty members will need to line up for the processional 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.