Commencement Information


For questions on eligibility and RSVP, please contact your Academic and Finance Advisor or send an email to

Commencement details can be found below. There will be more information posted to this site as this important date draws closer. Please check back often for updates.

NCU Commencement 2018 events will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2018, at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort located in Phoenix, Arizona. The schedule for the day's events will run from 8:00am to 6:00pm.


Academic Recognition & Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
Prior to NCU Commencement 2018, the University will host an Academic Recognition & Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. The event will include award presentations, honor society induction recognition, and Doctoral Graduate Hooding.

Commencement Ceremony
The 2018 Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2018. Tickets will be required for the ceremony. Any additional, non-ticket guests may be placed in an overflow room. Graduates may request tickets when RSVP opens in April 2018. The NCU Store will also be onsite for alumni to purchase merchandise.

Graduation Dessert Reception
Following the 2018 Commencement Ceremony, you are invited to attend a Graduation Dessert Reception also held at the JW Marriott.


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 will be in early June 2018 and the deadline to RENT regalia will be July 2018. Orders received after these dates will not be processed.

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

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.

Graduation Announcements
You may purchase NCU graduation announcements and class rings from Jostens.


All NCU room blocks are full at this time.

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


You may reserve tickets for up to seven (7) guests.

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 June 8, 2018 and the deadline to RENT regalia is June 29, 2018. Orders received after this date will not be processed.

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

You may purchase NCU graduation announcements from Jostens.

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

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:

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 or your Academic and Finance Advisor.


Are you wondering what you can expect when you attend graduation? Check out some of our videos from previous events!

2017 Graduation Video

2017 Graduation Photos
If you wish to download images from our 2017 event, please visit the link below:
Photos - NCU Graduation 2017

2017 Graduation Statistics


Graduate Poster Session
The 2018 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 2018 are eligible to present at the poster session. More information will be provided in the coming months.

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. 

You can request a copy of the POY Handbook from for more information regarding the award and how to submit an application to present your research. Applications are due in Spring of 2018.


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

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

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

Alpha Phi Sigma (School of Business, Criminal Justice)
For information about Alpha Phi Sigma, please contact Kim Vince at

Delta Kappa (Department of Marriage and Family Sciences)
For information about Delta Kappa, please contact Lisa Kelledy at