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Commencement Information

Until Virtual Commencement 2020

Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Northcentral University Update | June 2, 2020

We love graduation, and our preference was to hold an in-person ceremony. Our priority, however, has to be the health and safety of the NCU community. After reviewing current guidelines from federal and state authorities, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, we have decided hold a virtual ceremony on August 22, 2020 and to postpone this year’s in-person commencement ceremony to the spring of 2021.

Please read the full letter addressing graduation here.

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 academic advisor regarding eligibility.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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.