Commencement

Temple University’s 129th Commencement

Friday, May 6, 2016

Undergraduate and graduate students who have successfully completed degree requirements in May 2016, December 2015, or August 2015, are invited to participate in the 129th Annual Commencement of Temple University on Friday, May 6, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the Liacouras Center, Main Campus, and the ceremony for Horticulture, Landscape Architecture and Community and Regional Planning graduates at 3:30 p.m., at the Ambler Learning Center Auditorium.

Stand up and be counted!

Horticulture, Landscape Architecture and Community and Regional Planning graduates are encouraged to attend the Commencement at the Liacouras Center on May 6 to represent the Tyler School of Art.

As of December 2015, the Temple University Board of Trustees approved the formation of the Division of Architecture and Environmental Design Program within the Tyler School of Art. The departments of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, and Community and Regional Planning are now part of this division and therefore part of the Tyler School of Art.

Dean Stinnett will ask that the Tyler School of Art graduates stand and be recognized. Your Graduation day is a very special one. Add to this momentous occasion by standing up.

Graduates, on their own or with family members, can travel to Main Campus and return to the Ambler Campus on a special shuttle bus. If you choose to carpool, we will give you a free parking pass.

From now, through Friday, March 18, graduates may log on and reserve their tickets to the Commencement Ceremony at www.temple.edu/commencement. Parking passes may be picked up from West Hall Room 109, with tickets - dates for ticket pick-up will be April 18-22, 2016.

Academic Regalia - (Cap and Gown)

The required dress for the academic procession at both the Commencement at the Liacouras Center and the Horticulture, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design Graduation Ceremony is cap, gown, and the appropriate hood.

Academic regalia must be purchased online from now through April 21, 2016 at the Temple University Bookstore. Students can chose to pick up their cap and gown at the Ambler Campus Bookstore in Bright Hall within a few days of their order. After the deadline for online ordering, students can walk into the Main Campus bookstore up to the day of graduation and pay for and pick up their regalia.

Commencement at the Liacouras Center

Tickets for Family and Friends

All guests of Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Community and Regional Planning graduates are required to have tickets to be admitted to the Liacouras Center.

Eligible graduates will be able to reserve up to four (4) Commencement tickets to the ceremony held at the Liacouras Center from now through Friday, March 18 at www.temple.edu/commencement. You will also be directed to reserve tickets for the Horticulture, Landscape Architecture and Community & Regional Planning ceremony held on Ambler Campus that afternoon at 3:30 p.m. on this site but tickets are not required for this ceremony. Please note that although tickets are not required to the Horticulture, Landscape Architecture and Community & Regional Planning Graduation Ceremony, space is limited in our auditorium. We ask that you RSVP once you receive your invitation so we can accurately inform you of seating options.

Announcements for Family and Friends

Eligible graduates are entitled to five Commencement announcements. They may be obtained in the Office of Academic Advising and Career Development (West Hall, Room 109). Additional announcements will be sold in packages of 25 at any of the Temple University Bookstores for $19.98 per package.

Where to Park

Because of the anticipated crowd, Parking Services has designated a parking lot for each school and college. Ambler graduates who drive to Main Campus will be given one free parking pass only when they pick up their Commencement tickets. Parking passes with the designated parking lot printed on them may be picked up from West Hall Room 109 between Monday, April 18 and Friday, April 22.

Inter-Campus Shuttle for Faculty, Staff, Graduates and their guests

On the morning of May 6, a Temple bus will depart from the Ambler Campus Visitors Parking Lot (Lot 1) at 8:00 a.m. The bus will stop at the Health Sciences Campus and will continue to the Liacouras Center. After the ceremony, a bus will depart Main Campus to return to the Ambler campus at 1:00 p.m. from in front of the Law School on Broad Street (directly across from the Liacouras Center). Please call 267-468-8020 to reserve seating on the bus.

Where to Report

Doors of the Liacouras Center will open at 8:30 a.m. on the morning of Commencement. Graduates are to go to the loading dock entrance of the Liacouras Center, which is near the Cecil B. Moore Avenue side of the building. Graduates should be in academic regalia and ready for assembly. Please form in a single file behind the sign designating your degree. Look for signs directing you to the proper assembly point.

If you are late and the academic procession has begun, please wait until all schools have entered the arena then be seated at the rear of the student body. Do not join your school.

For further information on the Commencement, visit the Web site at: www.temple.edu/commencement.

Horticulture, Landscape Architecture and Community & Regional Planning Graduation Ceremony

Friday, May 6, 3:30 p.m.
The Learning Center Auditorium

All Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Community and Regional Planning graduates and their guests are invited to attend the Graduation Ceremony on May 6 at 3:30 p.m. in the Learning Center Auditorium. Academic regalia is required for graduating students.

Graduation Reception-Ambler Formal Gardens

A reception will follow the ceremony at 4:30 p.m. in the Louise Bush-Brown Formal Perennial Garden (Campus Lounge in Bright Hall in case of inclement weather). Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Community and Regional Planning graduates and Ambler Campus graduates and their guests are invited.

Free Parking

Family and friends of Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Community and Regional Planning graduates may park in the Learning Center Parking Lot, directly behind the Ambler Learning Center. There is no charge for parking. Once the Learning Center lot is full, guests may park in the Visitors Parking Lot on Meetinghouse Road.

Where to Report

All Landscape Architecture, Horticulture, Community and Regional Planning and Community Development graduates participating in the graduation ceremony must report to the Dixon Hall Lobby by 2:30 p.m. Class photographs will be taken on the Terrace of the Formal Gardens beginning at 2:45 p.m. After the photograph is taken all students will be lined up for the processional.

Your Diploma

All diplomas will be mailed to your permanent address. Please check Self Service Banner to ensure that your address is listed accurately. For further information, please call 267-468-8246.

Graduation Honors

Latin honors are calculated using the following criteria:

  • Completion of at least 60 credits at Temple University.

  • Summa Cum Laude - Top 2 percent of each college's distribution of GPAs for the graduating cohort.

  • Magna Cum Laude - Next 5 percent of each college's distribution of GPAs for the graduating cohort.

  • Cum Laude - Next 9 percent of each college's distribution of GPAs for the graduating cohort.

  • For the School of Environmental Design, the distribution is as follows: Summa Cum Laude - 3.89 or higher; Magna Cum Laude – 3.80; Cum Laude – 3.70

Diploma Clearance

In order to receive your diploma you must clear all holds, including library fines, and complete the Financial Aid exit interview, if applicable. Ambler’s Financial Aid office is located in West Hall, Room 103. The Financial Aid exit interview may be completed online at www.temple.edu/bursar. If you choose to complete the exit interview online, you will need your aggregate borrowing total. You may find this information at www.nslds.ed.gov/nslds_SA/.

Your Yearbook

Undergraduates Only – If you graduated in August 2015, December 2015 or plan to graduate in May 2016 you are eligible to receive the 2016 Templar. Yearbooks will be distributed at the Graduation Ceremony.