Graduate Commencement

Congratulations, Graduate School candidates!

You've reached a major milestone by completing your graduate program. We want to make sure you have a great experience at commencement. The following information will help ensure that everything goes smoothly. You can also refer to the Graduate School's graduation resources.

If you have any questions, email us at commencement@niu.edu. Please include the name of your college in your message.

When to Arrive

You should arrive at Victor E. Court in the Convocation Center at least one hour before your ceremony begins, wearing your cap and gown. If you get there late, you might not be able to participate in the ceremony.

If you're a doctoral degree candidate, report to the Convocation Center's media room.

You'll receive detailed ceremony instructions when you pick up your cap and gown. View sample instructions (PDF).

Commencement Program and Privacy

The commencement program lists the names of students who applied to graduate. Your name will only appear in the program if you applied to graduate by the deadline set by Registration and Records.

If you're an August graduate, you'll be invited to the December ceremony, and your name will appear in that commencement program.

If you entered a preferred/proper name in MyNIU, that name will be listed in the commencement program. If you’d like to change or remove your preferred/proper name, you must submit the change in MyNIU by the deadline to apply to graduate. Please note: Your diploma will include only your legal name.

Please note: Your name won't appear in the commencement program or other public notifications (such as your hometown newspaper) if you suppressed the release of your name in your privacy settings in MyNIU. Read more about the confidentiality of your student record. To control whether or not your name is published, check your privacy settings in MyNIU before the application deadline.

Student Behavior

The commencement ceremony is a formal recognition of your academic achievements. It's an important event for you, your family and friends.

In order to ensure the ceremony is a safe and positive experience for all, the throwing of graduation caps and the consumption of alcoholic beverages during the ceremony are prohibited.

Contact Us

Convocation Center
1525 West Lincoln Highway
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-752-6800
commencement@niu.edu
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