Frequently Asked Questions

Ceremony Logistics

What is the mask and vaccination policy for commencement?Updated

Masks are recommended for the Commencement ceremonies at the Convocation Center.

Guests are not required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, nor negative COVID-19 test results to attend NIU Commencement Ceremonies.

Updated 5/10/22

What are the guidelines and policies for bringing items into Huskie Stadium and the Convocation Center?

Food Policy

  • No outside food or drink.
  • Exception: An unopened bottle of water (20 oz. or less) will be allowed.

Bag Policy

No large bags are allowed in the stadium for graduates or guests.
Guide to permitted and prohibited bags (PDF).

Approved bags:

  • One clear plastic bag
    • 12" x 12" x 6" clear plastic stadium bag
    • One (1) gallon clear plastic storage bag
      - OR - 
  • One clutch purse
    4.5" x 6.5" or smaller

Prohibited bags:

  • Backpack
  • Purse
  • Camera bag
  • Binoculars case
  • Fanny pack
  • Printed pattern plastic bag

No strollers are allowed.

Updated 3/3/22

 

Guests and Tickets

Will guests be allowed at commencement?Updated

The university will allow up to 10 guests per graduate and the event will be ticketed. All guests two (2) years or older require a ticket for admission. 

If you have guests that are not accommodated by the number of tickets provided, but still want to be on campus to meet up with you and celebrate your accomplishments, we have an overflow option to watch the ceremony live on campus. Please feel free to have your additional guests go the Holmes Student Center, Carl Sandberg Auditorium. Please refer to the parking map and park in the Visitor Lot (no charge on weekends) or the Campus Life lot (no ticketing on weekends in non-reserved spaces).

The event will also be live-streamed so that family and friends can watch from anywhere across the world. 

Updated 5/12/22

How do I access my guest tickets?Updated

You must submit your RSVP by April 24 to be eligible for student and guest tickets. Your ten (10) guest e-tickets will be made available by Thursday the week of the ceremony. E-tickets are accessible in your MY HUSKIES Account with Ticketmaster via your student account (you must use your ZID@students.niu.edu to access).

  • Click “Forgot Password” if this is your first time using your My Huskies account or you forgot your password.
  • Click “Manage My Tickets.”

Transfer your tickets to your guests by clicking “Manage My Tickets” and entering each guests’ email address. Your guest/s will receive an email to claim their e-ticket and download the QR code to their phone.

Have your guests save their ticket QR code to their phone prior to arriving.

Updated 5/9/22

Does the graduate need a ticket?

Yes, you will need a student ticket. This does not count toward your 10 guest tickets. You must submit your RSVP by April 24 to be eligible for student and guest tickets. Your ticket will be added to your My Huskies account the week of the ceremony.

Updated 3/3/22

Regalia and Programs

Do I have to do anything to receive my diploma?

No. Diplomas will be mailed directly from the vendor. This is estimated to begin in mid-July 2022 for students who have met all their graduation requirements.  Further, please note that you must clear any monetary or other obligations to the university to receive your diploma. You can check diploma status after 6-8 weeks.

Contact Us

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