Information for Faculty

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.

Commencement faculty

Lead Marshals

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.

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. The Winter 2017 Grand Marshals representing the following colleges are:

college of education

Terry Berkeley, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Secondary and Middle School Education.

College of Business & Economics

William P. Smith, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Management.

Fisher College of Science & Mathematics

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 Regalia

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 regalia vendor.  

  • Faculty may rent regalia online by December 1.
  • 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  in 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.

Ceremony Day

  • 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.