Commencement recognizes and celebrates graduate students' successful completion of their academic program. 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 officially graduated. Commencement is a formal ceremony for students who have been cleared to walk by their school or program; many students as well as 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 who have completed all degree requirements by March of the current year, who have been conferred and are in good academic standing will automatically be invited to attend.
- Master's students who are expected to complete all degree requirements by the end of the winter II or summer semester (March – May or May- August) 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 course(s).
- The Commencement Petition will be available in March. This electronic petition can be located in the Huizenga Portal under the Student News module.
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 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 own caps and gowns directly from the NSU Bookstore vendor Oak Hall Cap & Gown via an online portal accessible through the official commencement invitation. Only regalia purchased through the bookstore or Shark Store are acceptable wear at NSU Commencement ceremonies. Candidates should refer often to NSU's Commencement web site for regalia details.
Regalia ordered after the ceremony RSVP deadlines listed below can only be picked up at the NSU Shark Store in the Don Taft University Center. Master's/Specialist regalia cost $93.00 plus tax.
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 address of record. Graduating students should verify their home address via Sharklink.
||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. 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 email@example.com.
||Pi Alpha Alpha MPA students only
Pi Alpha Alpha is the national honor society formed to recognize and promote excellence in the study and practice of public affairs and administration. The organization encourages and recognizes outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public affairs and administration.
Membership in Pi Alpha Alpha is by invitation of the faculty. Each year students are notified by email if they are invited to join Pi Alpha Alpha. To be eligible, M.P.A. students must have completed 30 credits in their program by the end of the Winter I term and maintain a GPA of 3.7. Those students invited to join may attend a special inductee ceremony typically held the week prior to commencement.
Additional information may be found at the national website or by contacting the NSU chapter faculty advisor, Dr. John Carroll.
On campus: The Rick Case Arena at the Don Taft University Center
Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.
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. Tickets are not required but seating is limited and larger groups of guests wishing to sit together should arrive early. The arena doors open one hour prior to the published start time of the ceremony for both candidates and their guests.
Please review the NSU commencement page to view information regarding simulcast locations of the commencement ceremonies.
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.
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 Shark Store to obtain their regalia. The NSU Shark Store is located in the Don Taft University Center on the main campus. For store hours of operations, call 954-262-4799.
Personalized Graduation Announcements and Class Rings
NSU Grad Fest and Graduation Photos
Where: Shark Store at the Don Taft University Center
Phone: (954) 262-4799
Please join us for free food, giveaways and fun while you meet your representatives from the alumni association, debt management, admissions and student affairs.
As an alumni, be sure to join NSUConnect and stay connected! This is an invaluable resource; nsuconnect.net allows our graduates to reconnect with old classmates and utilize the trusted Nova Southeastern University environment to expand that ever-important professional network.
This important event also affords students a one-stop opportunity to secure graduation essentials such as regalia, gifts, class rings, announcements, pictures, diploma frames, shark pins and medallions. Text 'NSUGRAD' to 41444 to secure your Shark pin and medallion.
Please visit NSU's list of area accommodations here.
Please visit the FAQ for all NSU commencement activities here.