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Hooding Video

Screenshot: NSU Doctoral and Juris Doctorate Hooding Video

Graduating doctoral and juris doctor candidates at NSU commencement ceremonies are hooded on stage in front of their friends and family. Watch video.

HPD Candidates

Overview of 2016 HPD Commencement

The NSU August HPD commencement for candidates from the College of Health Care Sciences (except the Physical Therapy programs) and College of Nursing is scheduled for Friday, August 19, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Don Taft University Center (UC) on the NSU main campus in Fort Lauderdale.

PLEASE NOTE: Online programs such as in the College of Nursing and Speech-Language Pathology program or those who do not require attendance at commencement are not required to attend commencement but those who state their intention to attend the ceremony and/or the senior awards dinner and dance by submitting the online Commencement Participation Form (CPF) and ordering academic regalia will be assessed the full HPD graduation fee of $275.00. These fees are non-refundable.

Candidates will be required to be on site and meet in the second-floor RecPlex one hour prior to the ceremony in order to line up for the processional. Guests will also be allowed to enter the arena one hour prior to the ceremony start time. There is no child care available and no children will be allowed on the arena floor with the candidates.

August candidates will receive their email notification in late June with instructions on how to RSVP, order commencement regalia, make reservations to the awards dinner, and family hooding procedures. 

Additional information regarding commencement can be found at

Application for Degree/Diploma

The deadline date to submit your degree/diploma application is one month prior to completion of your coursework. Visit the online application for degree/diploma page for more information on completing your application and the fee schedule. Have your NSU SharkLink email name and password ready before you begin this process.

Do not confuse the online degree/diploma application with your online commencement RSVP and regalia order form. They are two separate processes.

Graduation Fees

Make sure that your degree/diploma and library fees have been paid, all library books returned, and any academic and financial responsibilities fulfilled. These must all be taken care of prior to the receipt of your diploma and final transcript.

Commencement Invitation/Caps and Gowns

Eligible candidates are sent a SharkLink email with instructions for commencement. All candidates must submit the 1) Commencement Participation Form (CPF) and 2) order regalia (cap, gown, and hood). This communication will also contain information about family hooding (for doctoral candidates only) and the awards dinner.

Completing a CPF reserves your space at the commencement ceremony and ordering proper academic regalia is the responsibility of all candidates who attend. Only NSU-specific regalia will be allowed on the floor at commencement. Any questions regarding academic regalia should be addressed to the NSU Bookstore, by telephone at (954) 262-4799 or via email.

Senior Awards Dinner & Dance

The August Senior Awards Dinner and Dance for candidates from the College of Health Care Sciences (except the Physical Therapy programs) and College of Nursing is scheduled for Thursday, August 18, 2016 at the Signature Grand, 6900 State Road 84, Davie, FL 33317

This evening features a wine reception starting at 7:00 p.m., dinner at 8:00 p.m., followed by music and dancing. Business attire is suggested and the bringing of children is strongly discouraged. Reservation information will be provided with your commencement invitation. You must reserve your space online in order to attend. Each candidate may reserve up to two free places for you and one guest (tickets are non-transferrable). Additional guests are welcome at $85.00 per person.

The final deadline for your RSVP to the dinner is Friday, August 12, 2016. Your seat will not be reserved if you do not submit the online form by this deadline date.

Family Hooding

Hooding is a tradition practiced by HPD where a new graduate receiving a doctoral degree is welcomed into the profession by another member of the profession, usually, a faculty member. There are several exceptions:

  • You have an immediate family member who is a graduate of a program that has the same degree you are about to receive (e.g., you are receiving your doctoral degree in audiology and your immediate family member is a doctor of audiology).


  • If you have an immediate family member who is on the faculty at Nova Southeastern University's Health Professions Division.

Please Note: An immediate family member is defined as a spouse, mother, father, aunt, uncle, mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister, brother, grandparent, son, or daughter. There will be no exceptions made to the Division's family hooding policies without approval of the college Dean.

Requests for family hooding must be made no later than Monday, August 8, 2016