Frequently Asked Questions


Has the university set a new date for commencement ceremonies for May and August graduates?

The university has not established a date for a commencement ceremony for spring and summer 2020 graduates. The university continues to work with state and local health departments to determine how to hold such an event in a way that ensures everyone stays safe and healthy. It is our hope to be able to invite you back to campus to formally celebrate your accomplishment. Please continue to monitor this website for updates. 


Do I have to do anything to receive my diploma?

No. Unless you have a hold on your account, a diploma will be mailed in late June 2020 to all students who graduated at the end of the spring 2020 semester and mailed in early September to all students who graduate at the end of the summer 2020 session. A bursar hold on a student account will prevent a diploma from being sent to that student.

Updated 6/3/20

How do I receive my diploma cover, tassel and programs?

For graduates who order their academic regalia through Oak Hall, as noted above, the tassel will be included with that shipment. For graduates who choose not to order academic regalia, the tassel will be mailed along with your diploma cover and two commencement programs to your permanent address.

Added 6/2/20

Where will my diploma, diploma cover, etc. be mailed?

All graduates will receive two mailings. Starting in mid-June, diplomas will be mailed to the Permanent Address listed in your MyNIU account as of June 12. Starting in mid-July, diploma covers, tassels and two copies of the commencement program will be mailed to the permanent address listed in your MyNIU account as of July 6.

Updated 6/16/20

How many programs will I receive?

Students will receive two programs. Additional copies will be available as a PDF. Please note that if while you were a student at NIU you requested a FERPA hold that precluded release of your name it will not appear in the commencement program. Information about this topic can be found the Registration and Records website.

Added 6/2/20

When will the College of Law hold commencement?

The College of Law has postponed its May 23 commencement. A new date has not been scheduled yet.  The college will communicate directly with law students regarding plans for this event.

Added 6/2/20

Will other celebrations related to graduation be rescheduled?
  • Black Graduation Celebration – A virtual ceremony is scheduled to go live on August 2, 2020. Students who graduated in May or are graduating in August and December 2020 are invited to participate. Information was sent to students via email. Please contact Christopher Mitchell at for more information. 
  • Latino Resource Center Celebration – A virtual ceremony is being planned. If you have questions, please contact the LRC at
  • Lavender Graduation – Students will be contacted about recognition activities.
  • Asian American Resource Center Celebration – A virtual graduation was held in May 2020.

For information on all other events, please contact the sponsoring college, department or organization directly. Additional questions about the College of Law and Cultural Resource Center celebrations should be addressed to those departments directly.

Added 6/2/20

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