Commencement Information



Your graduation headquarters. Find recordings of past ceremonies, plus updated information about 2021 Commencement for graduates and their families.

2020 Grad Info

Upcoming Events

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Spring 2021 Graduation

The Virtual Spring Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 22 at 10:00 AM. Registration will open mid-March 2021. The virtual ceremony gives you the chance to mark this milestone in your life and celebrate with family and friends from afar.

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Fall 2021 Graduation

Fall Commencement will be held at in Nashville, Tennessee, on September 18. To check your eligibility please refer to the NCU catalog or reach out to your AFA. 2020 graduates are invited to participate in 2021 in-person ceremonies. Registration will open in early 2021.

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Previous Events

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2019 Graduation

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2018 Graduation

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2017 Graduation

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2016 Graduation

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2015 Graduation

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2020 Virtual Commencement

Watch the ceremony, remarks from school deans, graduate slides, and congratulations from your family and friends.

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Commencement Slides

Class of 2020 Graduation Recognition Slides

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Commencement Program

NCU 2020 Virtual Commencement Program

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Congratulations Full Video

Graduation 2020 Congratulations video from NCU, Friends and Family

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Congratulations Hightlight Video

Congratulations highlights video from NCU, Friends and Family

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Louis Howell

"Congratulations on a job well done!! Upward and onward Dr.Howell! I only wish you the best in all of your future endeavors!!"

Dr. Marsha Tongel


Maretta Denise Whibbey

"To my amazing daughter Maretta, Even from Heaven I am so proud of you! Love Always Mom! P.A."

Trisha Chatman-Gray


Nita Tuiaki Ahoia

"Yay n congratulations Nita from the Taufa n the Valele All the way from California. To God be the glory. ‘Ofa atu!"



Chanel Lorraine Jenkins

"Congratulations Nel!!!! It’s been a long journey but you did it and I’m so proud of you sis!!!! I love you very much!!!! ❤️"

Alexis Jenkins


Tina Hill-Edgecombe

"You will never know just how much of an inspiration you are to me. Congratulations again, Dr. Hill-E Your friend, Anthony"

Anthony Cheathem


Dr. Jermaine Dawson

"Congratulations on receiving your doctorate degree!! It is so great that we get to graduate in the same year!!! I love you, pops!!!!"

Jamiya Dawson


Dr. James Gigliello

Alumni Recipient of the Year

Dr. Gigliello graduated in 2018 with a PhD in Psychology specializing in gender diversity, and a certificate in LGBTQ couple and family therapy. Dr. Gigliello used his dissertation research on HIV-positive gay men, stigma and resilience as a catalyst to get others to see HIV stigma in new and different ways. He serves on several boards in Florida, helping state government and various organizations reduce stigma around HIV and fairly present public information related to HIV. He is also working with Trevor Project to help LGBTQ youth in crises.


Dr. Bobbi Maher

Dissertation of the Year Recipient

Dr. Maher's dissertation, titles Improving Academic Achievement among Native America Studies in South Dakota through Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: A Phenomenological Study, was driven by a passion for education equity and appropriate pedagogy for Native American Children. Dr. Maher's finders address the infusion of culturally responsive pedagogy in schools that serve Native American children.


Dr. Alicia Belcher

Dissertation Poster of the Year Recipient

Dr. Belcher’s poster is titled Perceptions of High School Mathematics Teachers on Situated Learning and Authentic Assessment: A Case Study. The Poster of the Year Committee chose her poster based on its relevance, methodology, scholarly contribution and visual appeal.

Perks of Being an NCU Alumni

Graduation Eligibility

  • Eligibility requirements for 2021 Commencement will be shared early in the new year.*
  • *Please contact your academic advisor regarding eligibility.

Graduation Regalia


  • You may purchase graduation announcements and class rings from Jostens.

Poster of the Year

  • Northcentral annually recognizes the outstanding academic work of its graduate students by hosting a poster presentation session at each graduation. Masters and doctoral students/candidates are encouraged to submit their research for presentation.
  • You can request a copy of the POY Handbook from for more information regarding the award

Dissertation of the Year

  • Northcentral University annually recognizes scholarly achievement among its doctoral candidates, who have been nominated by a faculty or staff member of NCU, by honoring one or more authors of outstanding dissertations that demonstrate innovation, rigor and excellence.
  • You can request a copy of the DOY Handbook from for more information regarding the award.

Alumni of the Year

  • Northcentral University annually recognizes the achievements and contributions of our students and faculty. The Alumni of the Year (AOY) award honors outstanding NCU graduates who have imparted positive lasting change in their community or organization through the use of their Northcentral degree.
  • You can request a copy of the DOY Handbook from for more information regarding the award.

Honor Society

Invitations are made based on academic performance, but each honor society has different requirements. Visit our Honor Societies page to learn more. If you have any questions about the qualifications, please utilize the contact information below.

  • Golden Key International Honor Society (all Schools)
    For information about Golden Key International Honor Society, please contact Chris Alvarado at

  • Kappa Delta Pi (School of Education)
    For information about Kappa Delta Pi, please contact Dara Levitch at

  • Key International Honor Society (all Schools)
    For information about Golden Key International Honor Society, please contact Chris Alvarado at

  • Delta Mu Delta (School of Business)
    For information about Delta Mu Delta, please contact Kim Vince at, or Olgerta Visi at

  • Alpha Phi Sigma (School of Business, Criminal Justice)
    For information about Alpha Phi Sigma, please contact Jennifer Biddle at

  • Delta Kappa (Department of Marriage and Family Sciences)
    For information about Delta Kappa, please contact Asha Sutton at

  • Leadership and Success (NSLS)
    For information about Leadership and Success, please contact Melody Rawlings at, or Gary White at

  • National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS)
    For information about Leadership and Success, please contact Melody Rawlings at, or Gary White at

For more information about our honor societies, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, many schools and honor societies are hosting their own virtual after parties after Commencement. You should have received information from school leadership – please reach out to your dean or assistant dean with any questions.

If you have not ordered your regalia, please contact Balfour online or at (800) 370-0931 to reserve or purchase your regalia.

Regalia is not required for virtual ceremony participation. If you would like to purchase or rent for future ceremonies please use the link above to connect to the Balfour site.

Stay tuned for more information about how to access both the Commencement ceremony and congratulations video after the event.

You may purchase NCU graduation announcements from Jostens

NCU colors are maroon and gold (royal blue and gold are also appropriate). NCU hoods are lined with gold (the part that is exposed). Trim colors for the hood are different according to the branch of learning/degree. The colors associated with NCU's degrees are drab (School of Business and School of Technology), light blue (School of Education) and golden yellow (School of Social and Behavioral Sciences). Keep this in mind when renting or ordering your regalia. Balfour is extremely helpful and will be happy to answer any of your regalia questions. You can email Tony Harvey at Balfour at:

NCU is planning to host at least one in-person ceremony for 2021 graduates and those 2020 graduates who would like to participate. Spring Commencement, May 22, will be virtual and Fall Commencement will be in-person, held in Nashville, TN in September. Be sure your contact info with NCU is up to date, and consider downloading the NCU app so you won’t miss the news (Apple Store / Google Play).

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As a student completing their studies with NCU, you must apply for degree conferral in order to become a “graduate.” This process involves working with your Academic and Finance Advisor and the Registrar immediately following the completion of your coursework. Commencement is the formal ceremony held annually for NCU graduates. This is an optional activity and requires an RSVP. For further clarification and information, please contact or your Academic and Finance Advisor.