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Commencement Information

Until Commencement 2020

Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Northcentral University Update | March 12, 2020

We are discussing the effects of coronavirus at the University-level, and the well-being of our NCU Community is our utmost concern. We are monitoring the coronavirus updates provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and will continue to monitor the situation as the days and weeks go on. We are continuing to plan, and expect to host, the NCU Commencement Ceremony and graduation activities in Phoenix, this August. However, if the guidance from the CDC changes before then, we will re-assess our plans and communicate to students accordingly and swiftly.

Check back for continued NCU updates here.

The RSVP for Commencement 2020 will be open in the Spring of 2020, please check back for an exact date in the following months. If you plan on attending Commencement, you must RSVP through Eventbrite by the deadline.

Commencement at Northcentral University is one of the most celebrated events of the year. On Saturday, August 22, 2020, the University community, family and friends will honor the outstanding achievements of our graduates.

Eligibility

  • All bachelor’s and master’s students must be within 9 credits by June 1st prior the commencement date in order to participate in commencement.
  • All doctoral students must defend their dissertation by June 1st.
  • *Please contact your acadmemic advisor regarding eligibility.

Tickets

All graduates are allotted 5 guests for the main commencement room. Tickets will be issued the day of Commencement when graduates check-in. However, we will have overflow rooms available at the JW Marriott for non-ticketed guests with a live stream of the ceremony located near the main commencement room.

Regalia and Announcements

Graduation Regalia

If you have not ordered your regalia, please contact Balfour online or at (800) 370-0931 to reserve or purchase your regalia. Please note: the deadline to PURCHASE your regalia is August 2, 2020. Rentals will open January 1, 2020. The deadline to RENT regalia is August 2, 2019. Orders received after these dates are subject to a Late Order and Rush Fee.

If you run into any challenges while ordering your regalia, please contact Tony Harvey at Balfour directly at Tony.Harvey@balfour.com.

Announcements

You may purchase graduation announcements and class rings from Jostens.

Regalia Pick-up

Rental regalia will be available for pick up the day prior to and day of Commencement at the JW Marriott. If you purchased your regalia, it will be shipped directly to you.

Travel Information

We are negotiating a group rate for you and your guests at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort, where Commencement 2020 will be held. We recommend you book your room early as our room block does sell out quickly! We will update this site with booking information in the coming months.

You can find additional information on Phoenix, including places to stay, where to eat and things to do online at Visit Phoenix.

Events

Graduate Poster Session

The 2020 Graduate Poster Session will be held prior to the Academic Recognition & Hooding Ceremony at the JW Marriott. The purpose of the Graduate Poster Session is to give graduates the opportunity to showcase their research; to communicate their results to fellow graduates, family, friends, faculty and staff; and to learn about other areas of research and creative activity.

Graduates who have completed their dissertation defense by Spring 2020 are eligible to present at the poster session. More information will be provided in the coming months.

Academic Recognition & Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Prior to NCU Commencement 2020, the University will host an Academic Recognition & Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. The event will include award presentations and doctoral graduate hooding.

Graduation Dessert Reception

Following the 2020 Commencement Ceremony, you are invited to attend a Graduation Dessert Reception, also held at the JW Marriott.

Commencement Ceremony

The 2020 Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2020. Tickets will be required for the ceremony. Any additional, non-ticketed guests may be placed in an overflow room. Graduates may request tickets when RSVP opens. The NCU Store will also be onsite for alumni to purchase merchandise.

Awards

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. Of those selected to present, one student will be chosen for the Poster of the Year (POY) award, following the Graduate Poster Session. Awardees will receive the award at the poster session and be announced during the graduation ceremonies.

You can request a copy of the POY Handbook from GraduateResearch@ncu.edu for more information regarding the award and how to submit an application to present your research. Applications are due in Spring of 2020.

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. The recipient(s) of the Dissertation of the Year (DOY) award is invited to attend that year’s graduation ceremony to be honored for their achievement, with remuneration up to $1,000 paid by the University for the awardee’s travel and lodging expenses.

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. One of the top recipients of the Alumni of the Year (AOY) award will be invited to attend the award year’s graduation ceremony to be honored for their achievement, with travel and expense reimbursement up to $1,000 paid by the University. Addition recognition may be made for those Alumni who received an AOY award, but did not receive the tip honor of travel to graduation.

You can request a copy of the DOY Handbook from GraduateResearch@ncu.edu for more information regarding the award.

Honor Society

At the Honor Society Reception, NCU will be inducting the newest members of our five honor societies. 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 calvarado@ncu.edu.

Kappa Delta Pi (School of Education)

For information about Kappa Delta Pi, please contact Dara Levitch at darajoy@live.com.

Golden 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 Lisa Kelledy at lkelledy@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.

For more information about our honor societies, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

You may reserve tickets for up to five (5) guests.

No, you do not need to bring your diploma with you. You will receive the same diploma holder as everyone else when you walk.

You will need tickets for the main Commencement Ceremony only. When you fill out your RSVP, you will select your number of guests for each event. Tickets for the Commencement Ceremony will be available for you to pick up at graduate check-in at the JW Marriott in August. You will not receive tickets in your email to print.

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

The deadline to PURCHASE your regalia is August 2, 2020. Rentals will open on January 1, 2020. The deadline to RENT regalia is August 2, 2020. Orders received after these dates are subject to a Late Order and Rush Fee.

Yes. You may send an email (preferred) to tony.harvey@balfour.com requesting your tassel. Balfour will ship your tassel via US Post.

You may purchase NCU graduation announcements from Jostens

NCU colors are royal blue and gold. 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: tony.harvey@balfour.com

Balfour will be at the graduation venue the morning of the Academic Recognition & Hooding Ceremony and Commencement Ceremony. You will be able to pick it up then and return it after the ceremony.

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 graduation@ncu.edu or your Academic and Finance Advisor.

Multimedia

2019 Graduation Video & Photos

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Contact Us

For any other inquiries or questions about commencement, please email graduation@ncu.edu.