Commencement recognizes and celebrates undergraduate 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.
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.
Graduating seniors planning to participate in Commencement should complete the Commencement Participation Form emailed to them from the Office of the University Registrar. Note that the Commencement participation fee does not cover the degree (diploma) application fee. Final instructions regarding graduation will be emailed about two weeks prior to the ceremony to those graduating seniors who submit participation forms and payment.
This year's Commencement Participation Forms will be emailed to all graduating seniors in March.
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. Undergraduate regalia costs $54.00.
Students scheduled to complete degree programs during the summer may petition to participate in Commencement by completing the following steps:
- Register for the final eight (or fewer) credits required for the degree (not to exceed two courses) in the summer semester immediately following the undergraduate commencement.
- In addition to meeting all curriculum requirements, students must already meet the GPA requirements for degree conferral (major and overall).
- If the student meets the criteria, the UAAC will add the student to the Commencement list and will email him/her with approval of the petition.
- If the student does not meet the criteria, the UAAC will inform the student that the request is not supported.
- If the student wishes to appeal this decision, a petition must be prepared, submitted to the UAAC at email@example.com, and will be reviewed by Jennifer Nottingham, Ed.D., assistant provost.
During the ceremony, graduating seniors 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 seniors must submit an Application for Degree to the Office of the University Registrar (Online). Diplomas will be mailed by that office to graduating seniors' home addresses. Graduating seniors should verify their home addresses 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 Senior status, must have completed at least 30 NSU credits, and must have an overall GPA of 3.7.
Eligible students will be mailed more information regarding membership by the end of April.
For questions regarding Sigma Beta Delta, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On campus at the Don Taft University Center.
Please visit the Office of the University Registrar for confirmation on commencement dates 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 each 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.
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.
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Please visit the FAQ for all NSU commencement activities here.