- Bachelor’s degree students must be within 9 credits of program completion 45 calendar days prior to
commencement ceremony event date with a GPA of at least 2.0 and good financial standing with the University.
- Master’s degree students must be within 9 credits of program completion 45 calendar days prior to
commencement ceremony event date with a GPA of at least
- Doctoral students must pass their dissertation defense 45 calendar days prior to the commencement
ceremony event date and be in good financial standing with the University.
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What’s the difference between graduating and attending the Commencement ceremony?
When you complete your degree program at NCU, you must apply for degree conferral to become a “graduate.” This process involves working with your advisor and the registrar immediately following the completion of your coursework. Commencement is the formal ceremony held annually to recognize and celebrate NCU graduates. This is an optional activity and requires an RSVP. Attendance is not required to receive your degree. Your hard-copy diploma won’t be given at the Commencement ceremony but is mailed to you a short time after you complete your degree.
Please note: Eligible students must also complete the event registration process outlined on http://ncu.edu/commencement
calendar days prior to the commencement ceremony event date.
Regalia is required to walk at Commencement. Many people purchase or rent their regalia through Balfour, but you can also find it via other online sources.
What does regalia look like and what should you wear? Check Balfour’s website, BuildaGrad.com/ncu, for information about gowns, headgear, and hoods.
Should you purchase or rent your regalia? Those in academia may need their regalia in the future, as it’s common to participate in commencement ceremonies wearing regalia associated with your own university. Most other graduates choose to rent. Rented regalia is picked up on site before the Commencement ceremony.
School colors are maroon and gold (those accents are on the gown). Graduates from 2019 or earlier can wear either maroon and gold or blue and gold (NCU’s former school colors) for regalia.
Trim colors for the hood are different according to the branch of learning/degree. The colors associated with NCU's degrees are:
- Health Administration program – sage green
- Nursing program – apricot
- School of Business and School of Technology – drab
- School of Education – light blue
- School of Law – purple
- School of Social and Behavioral Sciences – golden yellow
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 Customer Service at:email@example.com