2015 Health Professions Division Commencement Information

Overview of Commencement Ceremonies

The NSU August HPD commencement for candidates from the College of Health Care Sciences (except Physical Therapy) and graduate students from the College of Nursing is scheduled for Friday, August 21, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. in the Don Taft University Center on the NSU main campus in Fort Lauderdale.

PLEASE NOTE: As stated in your student handbook, attendance is mandatory for all graduates enrolled in full-time, on-campus programs. Graduates enrolled in an online program, or a program that does not require attendance at graduation (see handbook), and who plan on attending commencement and/or the senior awards dinner will be assessed the $175.00 HPD graduation fee (in addition to the $100 degree application fee) once they submit the online Commencement Participation Form (CPF) or dinner reservation form. These fees are non-refundable.

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.

Additional information regarding commencement can be found on at www.nova.edu/commencement.

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 and gown). 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) 262-4750 or via email.

Senior Awards Dinner & Dance

The August Senior Awards Dinner and Dance for candidates from the College of Health Care Sciences (except Physical Therapy) and College of Nursing graduate students is scheduled for Thursday, August 20, 2015 at the Signature Grand in Davie.

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-transferrable). Additional guests are always welcome at $85.00 per person.

The final deadline for your RSVP to the August dinner is Friday, August 14, 2015. Your seat will not be reserved if you do not submit the online form by this deadline.

Any dinner reservations submitted by August candidates prior to the June invitation will be deleted in the changeover from the May to the August ceremonies.

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:

  1. 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 occupational therapy and your immediate family member is a doctor of occupational therapy)

  2. 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 during the May ceremony must be made no later than Monday, August 10, 2015.