Frequently Asked Questions

Ceremony Logistics

What does a modified event mean?

It means that while we will offer some speeches and students walking across the stage, the event will be slightly modified to ensure safety procedures are followed including but not limited to no hand shaking, no processional, masks will be required (other than when posing for individual professional socially distanced photos) and there is a strictly enforced limit on guests. 

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

Health Guidelines

  • Guests must wear masks and maintain appropriate social distancing.

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.

 

Guests and Tickets

Will guests be allowed at commencement?

The university will allow up to 8 guests per graduate and the event will be ticketed. There will be no modifying of this ticket rule for any reason. All guests one (1) year or older require a ticket for admission. The event will be live streamed so that family and friends can watch from anywhere across the world. 

Updated 10/6/21

Is guest seating assigned at Commencement?
Each e-ticket is marked GA or general admission. Please make sure you space yourselves appropriately to maintain social distancing. No individual seats are assigned.

Added 10/6/21

How do I access my guest tickets?

You MUST submit your RSVP by November 30 to be eligible for student and guest tickets. Your 8 guest e-tickets will be made available December 6. 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.

Added 10/6/21

Do I need a ticket?

Yes, you will need a student ticket. This does not count toward your 8 guest tickets. You MUST submit your RSVP by November 30 to be eligible for student and guest tickets. Your ticket will be added to your My Huskies account on December 2.

Added 10/6/21

Can I request additional guest tickets?

No. While we understand the challenge in providing limited tickets, we hope that all graduates will understand and respect this decision. 

Updated 3/10/21

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-January 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.

Updated 10/6/21

Contact Us

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