Frequently Asked Questions
No. At that time you will receive a certificate of congratulations when you are called to the stage and announced as a candidate for graduation. To receive an official diploma, if you have not already received one, you must go online and complete an Application for Degree/Diploma.
An Application for Degree/Diploma can be obtained online. To access the online Application for Degree/Diploma, you must first read these important instructions.
The application should be completed and submitted with the appropriate fee no later than the last semester in which your program will be completed. The application can be submitted early and kept on file in order to expedite the process once your program requirements have been met.
All program requirements must be completed, all grades must be officially posted on your academic transcript, including transfer of credit/s and all obligations (tuition and fees paid, library books returned, equipment returned, bookstore obligations met, etc.) satisfied in SharkLink. Should you find any discrepancies, please notify us immediately by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your address changes after you have applied for your degree, you must update your mailing address in SharkLink and also email the Coordinator of Degree Conferrals and Diplomas at email@example.com. This will expedite the degree conferral process, and as such, facilitate smoother processing on your behalf. Not providing a correct address will result in delaying receipt of your diploma and could result in an additional fee.
Application for Degree/Diploma is first approved by your program office and submitted to the Office of the University Registrar for conferral. The date on which all academic requirements were met appears on the transcript; however, NSU uses the last day of the month in which it is approved by the program office as the official degree conferral date, which appears on the diploma and transcript.
The Office of the University Registrar will confer your degree, however, all transcripts and the diploma will be held until all money owed has been paid in full via NSU eBill. For additional payment information or questions, please contact the Bursar's Office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (954) 262-5200.
You will receive notification to your NSU email address informing you when to expect receipt of the diploma. It will take several weeks from the conferral date to receive delivery of your diploma package. Please allow two additional weeks during the larger conferral months of April, May, August, and December. Be advised that we cannot ship to a P.O. Box or APO/FPO address. Not providing a correct address will result in delaying receipt of your diploma and could result in an additional fee. If your address changed after you applied for your degree, you must update your mailing address in SharkLink and also email the Coordinator of Degree Conferrals and Diplomas at email@example.com. Should you find any discrepancies with your diploma, immediately email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For framing purposes, the size of an NSU diploma is 11” x 14”.
In accordance with NSU policy, if your major is not part of your degree title, it will not be printed on your diploma. For instance, if the degree is a "Bachelor in Nursing," then the major "nursing" will print on the diploma as part of the degree title. However, if the degree is a "Bachelor of Science" with a major in biology, the major "biology" will not be printed.