Frequently Asked Questions - Graduation


Graduation

  1. How do I declare a graduation date?
  2. Is there a fee for graduation?
  3. What does the graduation fee cover?
  4. How do I change my graduation date?
  5. What is my catalog year?
  6. How do I change my catalog year?
  7. How do I change my major/minor or drop my major/minor?
  8. What catalog should I use for my major/minor and/or general education requirements?
  9. How do I change my name on my records and transcript?
  10. Can I get a diploma cover if I don't attend the ceremony?
  11. How do I get a replacement or duplicate diploma?
  12. Is there a deadline to declare my graduation date?
  13. Where can I get more information about the ceremony?
  14. I completed my major requirements, but did not complete my minor requirements.  Will I still graduate?

1. How do I declare a graduation date?

You will apply for graduation through MyNIU, once you have reached 90 total hours. For complete information and access to the graduation application follow the link below.
http://www.reg.niu.edu/regrec/graduation/index.shtml

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2. Is there a fee for graduation?

Yes, the fee is $29.00 which will be applied automatically to your student account. For more information follow the link below.
http://www.reg.niu.edu/regrec/graduation/index.shtml

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3. What does the graduation fee cover?

The fee covers your cap and gown rental; the diploma and diploma cover; the cost associated with ordering and mailing your diploma; and the cost associated with the commencement ceremony.

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4. How do I change my graduation date?

You can email Registration & Records from your student email address (your Z account) at regrec@niu.edu.

You can also stop by the Office of Registration & Records in Williston Hall 220 and complete a Degree Information Change form.

If you did not complete graduation requirements for the term you applied for, you will have 30 days into the following semester to change your graduation date to the next semester's graduation date.

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5. What is my catalog year?

The major/minor catalog year refers to the requirements needed to complete a bachelor’s degree in a major/minor as detailed under a specific catalog year.

The general education catalog year refers to the university graduation requirements detailed under a specific catalog year.

You may choose a different catalog for either general education or your major/minor requirements.  You may not graduate under a catalog that is more than six years old.  Please consult with your advisor.

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6. How do I change my catalog year?

You can change your general education catalog year or your major/minor catalog year by emailing Registration & Records at regrec@niu.edu from your NIU student email account.  You can also come into the Office of Registration & Records located in Williston Hall 220.  Please consult with your advisor about choosing a catalog year.

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7. How do I change my major/minor or drop my major/minor?

You must go to the departmental office of the major or minor and complete a major request form or a minor request form. Once the appropriate signatures are obtained, the form will be forwarded to the Office of Registration & Records.

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8. What catalog should I use for my major/minor and/or general education requirements?

To answer this question, you need to speak with an adviser in your major/minor department as requirements may change from one catalog to another. It would be to your benefit to speak with an adviser in your major college office regarding what catalog to use for general education requirements. Again, requirements may differ from one catalog to another.

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9. How do I change my name on my records and transcript?

In order to change your name on your official records and transcript, you will need to provide a copy of your Social Security Card with your new name. Name changes can be made by visiting Registration & Records, Williston Hall 220 and showing your picture ID and Social Security Card or if unable to come in person, we require a signed request with a copy of your SSN card to be mailed to the office.

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10. Can I get a diploma cover if I don't attend the ceremony?

If you have paid the graduation fee, you may obtain a diploma cover in the Office of Registration & Records, Williston Hall 220. Diploma covers are not mailed due to their fragility.

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11. How do I get a replacement or duplicate diploma?

Contact Registration & Records at (815) 753-0681 or regrec@niu.edu to request a replacement. The cost is $20.00.

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12. Is there a deadline to declare my graduation date?

December/Fall 2017 graduation: apply March 1, 2017 – September 1, 2017

May/Spring 2018 graduation: apply August 1, 2017 – February 1, 2018

August/Summer 2018 graduation: apply August 1, 2017 – June 15, 2018

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13. Where can I get more information about the ceremony?

Information is available on the convocation center website  http://www.niu.edu/convo/commencement/index.shtml

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14. I completed my major requirements, but did not complete my minor requirements.  Will I still graduate?

Yes, you will still graduate with your major.  However, not dropping your minor will result a delay in your graduation processing.  To avoid this delay, kindly contact your advisor to drop your minor as soon as it is determined that you will not meet the requirements, but still want to graduate with just your major only.

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If you have any questions that were not addressed here in this FAQ, please feel free to contact the NIU Office of Registration and Records by phone (815) 753-0681 or by e-mail at regrec@niu.edu.