Graduate walks down aisle for processional.

Ceremonies

Commencement is a special time to celebrate your academic achievements with family and friends. NIU usually holds commencement ceremonies at the Convocation Center after each fall and spring semester. However, all ceremonies held in June 2021 will be held at Huskie Stadium. These ceremonies are designed to formally recognize your accomplishments. You can help ensure a positive experience for all attendees by learning what to expect at the undergraduate ceremony and the graduate ceremony.

You can also choose to participate in special graduation ceremonies held by campus organizations.

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 at Huskie Stadium with limited guests in attendance, to reduce chances of spreading COVID-19.

Read our frequently asked questions for more information.

In-person Commencement Ceremonies

Doors at Huskie Stadium will open one hour prior to ceremony and electronic tickets are required for all guests.

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

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

Sunday, June 27, 2021

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

Contact Us

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