2015 Health Professions Division Commencement Information

Overview of Commencement Ceremonies

NSU May HPD commencement is scheduled for Friday, May 15, 2015. Candidates from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the College of Dental Medicine will be conferred during a 10:00 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Pharmacy, College of Optometry, Physical Therapy department of the College of Health Care Sciences, and College of Medical Sciences will be conferred at 4:00 p.m. Both ceremonies will take place in the Don Taft University Center on the NSU main campus.

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 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. 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). 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.

Please Note: Commencement is a ticketed event. Ticket information will be made available with your commencement instructions email. Fire Marshall regulations require every guest, including children of any age, to have a ticket for entry into the Don Taft University Center Arena. Even a baby that could sit on someone's lap must have a ticket. As information becomes available, visit www.nova.edu/commencement/parents/seatingandtickets.html.

May candidates will receive their commencement notification in mid-March via their NSU SharkLink email account with instructions on how to RSVP, ticket information, how to order commencement regalia, make reservations to the awards dinner, and family hooding procedures.

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

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

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), which triggers the receipt of guest tickets. 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 May Senior Awards Dinner and Dance for candidates from the College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Optometry, Physical Therapy department of the College of Health Care Sciences, College of Medical Sciences, and College of Dental Medicine is scheduled for Thursday, May 14, 2015 Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316.

Please Note: There is a per vehicle parking charge at the Northport Parking Garage, which is conveniently connected to the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. Click here to view currently-charged parking fees.

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.

Both events feature 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 May dinner is Friday, May 8, 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 optometry and your immediate family member is a doctor of optometry)

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

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    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 without approval of the college Dean.

Requests for family hooding during the May ceremony must be made no later than Monday, April 27, 2015.

Any family hooder information submitted by August candidates prior to the June invitation will be deleted in the changeover from the May to the August ceremonies.