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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 2017 commencement Ceremonies

The NSU May HPD commencement for candidates from the College of Dental Medicine, College of Medical Sciences, and College of Osteopathic Medicine is scheduled for Friday, May 19, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. The commencement ceremony for the College of Optometry, College of Pharmacy, and College of Health Care Sciences' Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology programs is scheduled for Friday, May 19, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. All ceremonies take place in the Don Taft University Center on the NSU main campus in Fort Lauderdale.

PLEASE NOTE: Speech-Language Pathology graduates 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 $175.00 HPD graduation fee (in addition to the $100.00 degree application fee). These fees are non-refundable.

As specified in your student handbook, attendance at commencement is mandatory for all other graduates enrolled in full-time, on-campus programs but optional for those enrolled in an online program or one that does not require attendance at commencement.

Graduates will be required to be on site and meet in the second-floor RecPlex one hour prior to their 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.

August candidates will receive their email notification in late June with instructions on how to RSVP, how to order commencement regalia, make reservations to the awards dinner, and family hooding procedures. August candidates must not attempt to RSVP for commencement activities until they are instructed to do so with their June invitation as all files will be purged between the May and August ceremonies.

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 May Senior Awards Dinner and Dance for candidates from the College of Dental Medicine, College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Medical Science, College of Optometry, College of Pharmacy and College of Health Care Sciences/Physical Therapy is scheduled for Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale-Broward County Convention Center.

This event features a wine reception at 7:00 p.m., dinner at 8:00 p.m., music, and dancing. Business attire is suggested. 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-transferable). Additional guests are always welcome at $85.00 per person.

The final deadline for your RSVP to the dinner is Thursday, May 11, 2017. 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 physical therapy and your immediate family member is a doctor of physical therapy).


    A doctoral candidate from the College of Osteopathic Medicine may be hooded by an immediate family member who is a doctor of medicine (M.D.)


    A doctoral candidate from the College of Pharmacy may be hooded by an immediate family member who has earned a bachelor's degree in pharmacy.

  • 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, May 8, 2017.