Commencement Update for Faculty and Staff
May 4, 2021

Dear Faculty and Staff,

We have some important updates to share with our Class of 2020 and Class of 2021.  Below is a preview of the message they will receive later today. 

Per the update to the Class of 2020 ceremony times, if you have volunteered for the 9 a.m. events on Saturday June 26 and/or Sunday, June 27, we will contact you to determine if you would like to change events. If you have not yet volunteered for one of the ceremonies, but would like to, please visit the NIU Commencement volunteer form and fill out no later than Monday, May 10. 

Please email with questions.

Go Huskies!

Beth Ingram
Executive Vice President and Provost


Email to graduates


Greetings Graduates,

We have some important and exciting news to share about the upcoming commencement ceremonies.

Changes in ceremony times for Class of 2020

Based upon the volume of RSVPs received for events honoring 2020 graduates, the university has decided to hold just one ceremony per day on June 26 and June 27.  The schedule is now as follows:

  • 1 p.m., Saturday, June 26 – Undergraduate Commencement for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the College of Business
  • 1 p.m., Sunday, June 27, Undergraduate Commencement for the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the College of Health and Human Sciences.

Ceremonies for Class of 2020 Specialists, Master’s and Performer’s Certificate recipients are still scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, June 25.

The schedule for May 2021 graduates remains unchanged and can be found on the Commencement website.

Additional Ticket Allowance

NIU is excited to announce that, based on estimated attendance, each graduate at every ceremony (Classes of 2020 and 2021) will now be allotted tickets for four (4) guests. 

Please note that, based upon current guidelines, masks will still be required at all ceremonies and compliance will be enforced.

Obtaining Tickets

Following the deadline to RSVP, graduates that have indicated that they will attend Commencement will receive an email with instructions on accessing their four guest tickets electronically.  

Upcoming Deadlines

RSVP for your Commencement Ceremony: The deadline to RSVP to participate in commencement is May 10.  If you have not done so, please RSVP at the NIU Commencement website. 

Order your cap and gown:
Order your cap and gown ASAP and if possible, by May 10.  There are unexpected shipping delays and ordering now will ensure you get it on time, especially those that are graduating in the class of 2021.  Please remember that you must have a cap and gown to participate and there will not be any on site for purchase at the ceremonies. 

We look forward to seeing you in June!  Go Huskies!

Beth Ingram
Executive Vice President and Provost

This message has been approved for distribution by the appropriate NIU party and is distributed by the Division of Enrollment Management, Marketing and Communications.
NIU Mass E-Mail Policy

Northern Illinois University's vision is to be an engine for innovation to advance social mobility; promote personal, professional and intellectual growth; and transform the world through research, artistry, teaching and outreach.
Learn more about NIU’s vision, mission and values.