2014 Health Professions Division Commencement Information

Overview of Commencement Ceremonies

The NSU May HPD Commencement for candidates from the Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy, Optometry, Medical Science, Dental Medicine, and Health Care Sciences' Physical Therapy program will take place on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

The August commencement for candidates from the College of Health Care Sciences (except Physical Therapy) and the College of Nursing is scheduled for Saturday, August 23, 2014 in the Don Taft University Center on the NSU main campus.

As stated in your student handbook, attendance is mandatory for all graduates enrolled in full-time, on-campus programs. Graduating seniors will be required to be on site at noon in order to line up for the processional. Guests will also be allowed to enter the building at that time.

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 state their intention to participate in commencement activities through online registration. These fees are non-refundable.

Candidates for the May ceremony will receive instructions via email in March on how to RSVP and order their commencement regalia.

August candidates will receive commencement email notifications in June and should not RSVP for any commencement-related activities until that time. Any online information submitted by August candidates prior to the June invitation will be deleted in the changeover form the May to the August ceremonies.

Additional information regarding commencement can be found on the University's official commencement website.

Application for Degree/Diploma

The deadline date to submit your degree/diploma application is one month prior to completion of your coursework. Please visit our 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). There will also be information about family hooding (for doctoral candidates only) and the awards dinner.

Completing a CPF reserves your space at the commencement ceremony. Only NSU-specific regalia will be allowed on the floor at commencement. Ordering proper academic regalia is the responsibility of all candidates who attend. 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 May Senior Awards Dinner and Dance for candidates from the Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy, Optometry, Medical Science, Dental Medicine, and Health Care Sciences' Physical Therapy program is scheduled for Thursday, May 15, 2014, at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa, 3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, Fla., 33019.

The August awards dinner for candidates from the College of Health Care Sciences (except Physical Therapy) and College of Nursing graduate students is scheduled for Friday, August 22, 2014 at the Signature Grand in Davie, Fla. Reservations for the August event will begin in June 2014.

Both events feature a wine cocktail 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 our commencement invitation. You must reserve your space online in order to attend. Each candidate may reserve up to two free places (tickets are non-transferrable) and additional guests are always welcome at $85.00 per person.

The deadline for your RSVP is Friday, May 9, 2014. Your seat will not be reserved if you do not submit the online form.

Please Note: There is a $10.00 parking charge per vehicle at the Westin Diplomat.

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 the Dean or 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., your immediate family member is a dentist)

    -or-

    You are receiving your doctoral degree in Osteopathic Medicine and your immediate family member is a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)

    -or-

    You are receiving your doctoral degree in Pharmacy and your immediate family member has a bachelor's degree in Pharmacy.

  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.

Requests for family hooding during the May ceremony must be made no later than Friday, May 2, 2014.