Undergraduate Commencement

Congratulations, undergraduate candidates!

Completing your degree is a big accomplishment, and we want to make sure your commencement ceremony goes as smoothly as possible. The following information will help ensure you have a great experience.

Planning to participate in Commencement? Make sure to RSVP and order your cap and gown. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page. If you have any additional questions, email us at commencement@niu.edu. Please include the name of your college in your message.

Spring 2024 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies

Saturday, May 11, 2024 at NIU Convocation Center


Doors open, 9 a.m.
Ceremony starts, 10 a.m.

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS)
  • College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (CEET)
  • College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA)


Doors open, 1 p.m.
Ceremony starts, 2 p.m.

  • College of Education (COE)
  • College of Business (COB)
  • College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS)

When to Arrive

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 assembly 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.

When you apply to graduate, you will be given the option to select either your preferred/proper name or your legal name to be printed on your diploma, in the commencement program and in any press releases containing graduation information supplied by Registration and Records.

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.

Learn more about our food and bag policies.

Contact Us

Convocation Center
1525 West Lincoln Highway
DeKalb, IL 60115
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