CLA Graduation

Apply for your degree

If you are planning to graduate in December 2019 you must apply for graduation through Self Service Banner. You can apply to graduate by following the steps below:

  1. In TUPortal, select the Student Tools Tab
  2. Under Records right hand side select Apply to Graduate
  3. Continue the application process until you come to the application submission confirmation

If you are also earning a certificate, you must apply separately for your certificate. This does not apply to minors or double majors.

Winter Graduation Ceremony

August 2019 and December 2019 graduates are welcome to attend the CLA Winter Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, January 30, 2020. The ceremony will be held in the Temple Performing Arts Center at 3:00 p.m. Details and ticket information will be emailed to students in October.

May Commencement

The Temple University 133rd Commencement Exercises will take place on Thursday, May 7, 2020. Please visit the Commencement website for more information. The College of Liberal Arts May undergraduate ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in the Liacouras Center. Please contact with any questions.

Latin Honors

To be eligible for Latin Honors, at least 60 credits must be completed at Temple University and the final cumulative GPA must meet the qualifying standards. The qualifying cumulative GPA standards for CLA students graduating in August 2020, December 2020, and May 2020 are as follows:

  • Summa Cum Laude = at least a 3.95 cumulative GPA
  • Magna Cum Laude = at least a 3.90 cumulative GPA
  • Cum Laude = at least a 3.84 cumulative GPA

You may view the full policy on the Undergraduate Bulletin.


If you are academically cleared and do not have holds on your student record, the diploma will be mailed to the address you list on your graduation application approximately eight weeks after your degree is awarded. If you do not receive your diploma after such time, please email

Upon review of your academic history, if it is determined that you have NOT met all necessary degree requirements, you will be notified by an academic advisor through your Temple email account.

Senior Portraits

You may schedule your Senior Portrait at Enter school code 87120 for main campus or 87202 for the Ambler campus and follow instructions to complete your reservation. If you have any questions, please contact Prestige Portraits at 1-800-687-9327.

Please email if you have any graduation-related questions.