D.O. Ceremony Details

Updated as of October 2023

As we prepare for the D.O. Class of 2024 commencement ceremony, the following information is provided to facilitate the coordination of your activities. 

To review the list of requirements needing completion prior to graduation please reference the Graduation and Commencement page for specific important details.

Dates | Times | Dress Code | Ticketing

Dates & Times

Harlem D.O. Commencement Ceremony - Thursday, May 16, 2024, 1:00 PM at the Apollo Theater

Middletown D.O. Commencement Ceremony - Wednesday, May 15, 2024, 1:00 PM at the Paramount Theater

All TouroCOM graduation venues are wheelchair accessible.

Dress Code

The dress code for graduates and attendees is semi-formal or business casual attire.


Graduates will not need tickets. Harlem graduates are allotted ten (10) guest tickets for the Apollo Theater ceremony, and Middletown graduates are allotted six (6) tickets for the Paramount Theater ceremony. For students requiring additional tickets, please communicate with your fellow classmates who may not need all their allotted guest tickets. If additional tickets are available after distribution to the graduates, you will be notified.

Children need tickets only if they require their own seat. 


The person who hoods a graduate during commencement may be a person with a doctoral degree in the health professions (e.g., DO, MD, Pharm.D, DDS, DPM, DPT, Ph.D. in biological sciences, etc.). Please note one person per student for hooding. The person whom you designate to hood you is not exempt from needing a ticket for entry unless they are a current faculty member.  Persons hooding are allowed to wear regalia of their own; however, it is NOT a requirement. 

If you would like a designated person to hood you at graduation, please complete the Harlem D.O Class of 2024 Invitation & Hooding Roster. Link to be provided at a later date.  

Cap, Gown, SSP Sashes & Honor Cords

Regalia information will be provided at a later date. 

SSP Sashes will be ordered by the Chapter.

Honor Cords will be distributed by the Office of Student Affairs the morning of the ceremony. 


Professional photographs of the commencement will be available for download within 24 hours of the event https://www.shaharazran.com



Conferral of Degree & Commencement Ceremony

According to Touro University policy, you are considered to be a “Candidate for Graduation” status until the institution confirms you are eligible to receive a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree. Your diploma will be printed with the name that appears on your Touro University record. 

Harlem Campus: diplomas will be distributed after the ceremony by the Office of the Registrar to those students who have fulfilled ALL of the necessary requirements.