Frequently Asked Questions

Ceremony Logistics

What is the mask and vaccination policy for commencement?

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 15 guests per graduate and the event will be ticketed. All guests two (2) years or older require a ticket for admission.

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

Updated 9/14/22

How do I access my guest tickets?Updated

You must submit your RSVP by Nov. 28 to be eligible for student and guest tickets. Your fifteen (15) guest e-tickets will be made available the week of the ceremony. E-tickets are accessible in your MY HUSKIES Account via your student account.

  • If this is your first time using your My Huskies account. You will need to activate your account by inputting your student I.D. number without the “Z”
  • Once you have logged in on a mobile device, you will scroll down to "My Upcoming Events" to see your tickets.

Transfer your tickets to your guests by clicking “Transfer Tickets” in the menu above "My Upcoming Events" and enter each guest’s email or phone number. Your guest/s will receive an email or text message with their e-ticket and the option to download the QR code to their phone.

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

Updated 10/14/22

Regalia and Programs

Do I have to do anything to receive my diploma?

No. Diplomas will be mailed directly from the vendor about six weeks after the ceremony. All graduation requirements need to have been met. Further, please note that you must clear any monetary or other obligations to the university to receive your diploma. You can check your diploma status after six to eight weeks.

Contact Us

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