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.
You should plan to arrive one hour before your ceremony begins to allow enough time for parking and be sure to wear your cap and gown. If you get there late, you might not be able to participate in the ceremony. You'll receive detailed ceremony instructions in your student email closer the ceremony dates. View a sample of the assembly instructions (PDF).
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.
Important note: there is no outside food or drink permitted. No large bags are allowed for graduates or guests.