Graduate Commencement

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response

NIU is planning to hold in-person graduation events this spring, including ceremonies for spring 2021 graduates and class of 2020 graduates. See dates and details below.

Under plans developed in consultation with the DeKalb County Health Department, all ceremonies will be held outdoors with limited guests in attendance, to reduce chances of spreading COVID-19.

Read our frequently asked questions for more information.

In-person Commencement Ceremonies

Doctoral Class of 2021 and 2020

Friday, June 4, 2021

  • 9 a.m. - Doctoral hooding ceremony (class of spring 2021 and class of 2020)

Class of Spring 2021

Friday, June 4, 2021

  • 1 p.m. - Graduate Commencement (Specialists, Master’s and Performer’s Certificates only)

Saturday, June 5, 2021

  • 9 a.m. - Undergraduate - College of Education, College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, and College of Visual and Performing Arts

Sunday, June 6, 2021

  • 9 a.m. - Undergraduate - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • 1 p.m. - Undergraduate - College of Business and College of Health and Human Sciences

Class of 2020

Friday, June 25, 2021

  • 10 a.m. - Graduate Commencement (Specialists, Masters, and Performer’s Certificate only)

Saturday, June 26, 2021

  • 9 a.m. - Undergraduate - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • 1 p.m. - Undergraduate - College of Business

Sunday, June 27, 2021

  • 9 a.m. - Undergraduate - College of Education, College of Engineering and Engineering Technology and College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • 1 p.m. - Undergraduate - College of Health and Human Sciences

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.

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.

Contact Us

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