Commencement Information

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Your graduation headquarters. Find recordings of past ceremonies, and general commencement information.
Tune in to the NCU Commencement 2021 Livestream on https://www.ncu.edu/grad21.

Fall 2021 Ceremony

Upcoming Events

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2022 Commencement Ceremonies

Our events team is currently planning dates and locations for 2022. Further information will be shared with eligible 2020 and 2021 graduates as these plans develop.

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Fall 2021 Commencement

Our fall ceremony will be held at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, on September 18. Registration is open until August 6. All 2020 graduates and eligible 2021 graduates are invited to participate.

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Previous Events

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Virtual 2021 Commencement

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JFK 2021 Virtual Commencement

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NCU Virtual Graduation Commencement Slides

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2020 Virtual Commencement

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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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Fall 2021 Commencement

We’re excited to celebrate graduation in person for the first time since summer 2019! Please visit the Fall 2021 Commencement website for more details on the venue, places to stay, and more.

Questions about your eligibility? Please connect with your advisor. If you participated in one of our virtual Commencement ceremonies in 2020 or 2021 – or if you graduated in any previous year and didn’t have the chance to walk – we invite you to join us!

Perks of Being an NCU Alumni

Graduation Eligibility

  • Bachelor’s degree students must be within 9 credits of program completion 45 calendar days prior to the 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 the 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.

View your student account on NCUOne or talk to your advisor if you have further questions about your eligibility. More information is available on the University Catalog.

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 45 calendar days prior to the commencement ceremony event date.

Graduation Regalia

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 Tony Harvey at Balfour at:Tony.Harvey@balfour.com

Accouncements

  • 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 GraduateResearch@ncu.edu 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 GraduateResearch@ncu.edu 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 GraduateResearch@ncu.edu 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. Members are invited to wear special cords at Commencement. Your honor society will be able to tell you more about color and type – reach out to the contacts below or visit individual society websites for more information. Cords will be available to pick up at the ceremony.

  • Golden Key International Honor Society (all Schools)
    For information about Golden Key International Honor Society, please contact Chris Alvarado at calvarado@ncu.edu.

  • Kappa Delta Pi (School of Education)
    For information about Kappa Delta Pi, please contact Dara Levitch at darajoy@live.com.

  • Key International Honor Society (all Schools)
    For information about Golden Key International Honor Society, please contact Chris Alvarado at calvarado@ncu.edu.

  • Delta Mu Delta (School of Business)
    For information about Delta Mu Delta, please contact Kim Vince at kvince@ncu.edu., or Olgerta Visi at ovisi@ncu.edu.

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

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

  • Leadership and Success (NSLS)
    For information about Leadership and Success, please contact Melody Rawlings at mrawlings@ncu.edu, or Gary White at gwhite@ncu.edu.

  • National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS)
    For information about Leadership and Success, please contact Melody Rawlings at mrawlings@ncu.edu, or Gary White at gwhite@ncu.edu.

For more information about our honor societies, click here.