Huizenga Graduate Students

Graduate Commencement


The H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship, will hold the 2015 Graduate Commencement Exercises on campus Friday, June 5, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. for those in the M.B.A. and M.I.B.A. programs and at 4:00 p.m. for M.ACCT., M.TAX., M.S., M.P.A., and Doctoral programs.

Commencement recognizes and celebrates graduate students' successful completion of their academic programs. Although often used interchangeably, the words Commencement and Graduation are not the same thing. It is important to understand that participating in a commencement ceremony does not mean that you have completed your degree and actually graduated. Commencement is a formal ceremony for students who have been cleared to walk by their school or program. However, many students–as well as their families and friends–look forward to the ceremony as a rite of passage bridging school and career.

Keynote speaker to be announced.


Criteria for Marching in Commencement

Master's Students

  • Master's students who have completed all their degree requirements by March of the current year, and are in good academic standing, are automatically invited to attend. Master's students who are expected to complete all degree requirements (including capstone) by the end of the summer term (July-September) of the current year, and are in good academic standing, are eligible to petition. Petitions will be accepted and considered when students enroll in their final summer courses.
  • The Commencement Petition will be available in February. The electronic petition can be located in the Huizenga Portal under the Student News module.

Doctoral Students

  • All program requirements must be satisfied by March 31.

Approximately two months prior to commencement, all eligible candidates will receive an email invitation via their NSU SharkLink account to complete a Commencement Participation Form (CPF) and order a cap and gown (regalia) directly from the NSU Bookstore vendor Oak Hall Cap & Gown. Completing a CPF reserves a space in the appropriate commencement ceremony. Candidates should refer often to NSU's Commencement Web site for complete, updated, and additional information.

Proper academic regalia is required for all candidates who participate in any NSU Commencement Ceremony. NSU's newly approved regalia is blue in color for all baccalaureate candidates and gray for master's, specialists and doctoral candidates. All candidates are responsible for ordering their caps and gowns directly from the NSU Bookstore vendor Oak Hall Cap & Gown. Only regalia purchased through Oak Hall are acceptable wear at NSU commencement ceremonies. If you have purchased regalia through another source, please reserve it for use on other occasions. Candidates should refer often to NSU's Commencement web site for regalia details.

Regalia ordered after the ceremony deadlines listed within your electronic invitation must either be picked up at the main NSU Bookstore in the University Park Plaza in Davie, Florida (please check with the Bookstore for pick-up dates), or on the day of commencement at the BB&T Center from the Bookstore's kiosk in front of Section 134. The purchase price of regalia varies according to the degree attained. Master's/Specialist regalia cost $90.00. Doctoral candidates may either rent ($164.00) or purchase ($992.00) their deluxe regalia.


During the ceremony, students will be called to the stage, announced as candidates for graduation, and be awarded certificates of congratulations. Diplomas are not distributed at commencement. In order to receive the official diploma, graduating students must submit an Application for Degree to the Office of the University Registrar (Online). Diplomas will be mailed by that office to the graduating student's home addresses. Graduating students should verify their home addresses via Sharklink.

Honor Societies

Sigma Beta Delta

Sigma Beta Delta is an International Honor Society for Business, Management, and Administration. The purpose of the society is to promote higher scholarship in training for business and to recognize and reward scholastic achievement in business subjects. To be considered for initiation into Sigma Beta Delta, students must have all course work finished by the end of March with an overall GPA of 3.80, and be invited to commencement. M.P.A., M.S. Real Estate Development and D.P.A. students are not included.

Eligible students will be emailed more information regarding membership by the second week of May.

For questions regarding Sigma Beta Delta, please send an email to

Pi Alpha Alpha MPA and DPA students only

Membership is limited to persons who demonstrate academic achievement in public affairs and administration programs in NASPAA member schools and/or outstanding public service, and who fall within the following classes: student, alumni, faculty and honorary. All memberships are national memberships with a local (NSU) chapter affiliation.

Requirements for student membership by master's students are a 3.7 GPA and completion of at least half of the coursework required for the degree. Doctoral students who meet the requirements for Pi Alpha Alpha master's degree student membership or who have completed all the requirements for the MPA or its equivalent are also invited into membership in the NSU chapter.

Additional information may be found at the national website or by contacting the NSU chapter faculty advisor, Dr. D. Ryan Miller.

Alpha Sigma Gamma M.S. Real Estate Development students only

Alpha Sigma Gamma (ASG) was created in 1993 to recognize the scholastic achievements of students in university real estate programs. ASG also recognizes the participation and contributions of real estate faculty and the professional real estate community in real estate education. Alpha Sigma Gamma is the only international organization for the recognition of real estate student academic excellence in the world. Sponsored by the American Real Estate Society, Alpha Sigma Gamma currently consists of over 275 members on 21 U.S. universities. Qualification for membership in ASG requires a grade point average of 3.75 or better on a four-point scale for graduate real estate and related coursework and an overall grade point average of 3.5 or better for all graduate course work in the Master's program. 2011 is NSU's first year of inductions for the Master of Science Real Estate Development graduating students.


On campus at the Don Taft University Center.


Friday, June 5, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. for those in the M.B.A. and M.I.B.A. programs
Friday, June 5, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. for M.ACCT., M.TAX., M.S., M.P.A., and Doctoral programs

Please visit the Office of the University Registrar for confirmation on commencement date and other related information.


Admission to commencement is free for guests of candidates participating in the ceremony. Students participating in the morning ceremony will receive 6 tickets for guest and those participating in the 4:00 p.m. ceremony will receive 7 tickets for guest.

Graduation announcements may be ordered online from the NSU Bookstore or by calling 1-800-509-BOOK. Announcements may also be ordered online through Herff Jones. Processing and delivery of announcements takes about 14 days. Personalized name cards require an additional 14 days.

Online Ordering

Commencement related items can be ordered online.

Graduating students who are residents of Miami-Dade and Broward County must present their participation form in person to the NSU Bookstore in order to obtain their regalia. The NSU Bookstore is located on the south end of University Park Plaza, next to the Bank of America, on the corner of University Drive and SW 36th Street in Davie. For Bookstore hours of operations, call 954-262-4750.

Personalized Graduation Announcements and Class Rings

Diploma Frames


Please visit NSU's list of area accommodations here.


Please visit the FAQ for all NSU commencement activities here.