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NSU Commencement is a very special occasion that is held annually and publicly recognizes your graduating students for their hard work, intellectual efforts, and academic achievements. Faculty members are strongly encouraged to attend their appropriate commencement ceremony in order to demonstrate support on this joyous occasion.

Faculty Marshals

Faculty marshals play a key role in setting the tone and decorum for candidates on the day of their commencement. After robing in the Black Box Theatre, marshals will be escorted to the candidate staging area. Marshals will lead candidates into the ceremony and then join them on stage while they are being recognized by the university president and dean.

Ways to Participate

Faculty may participate in the commencement ceremonies in the following ways:


General Faculty

Participate in the Academic Procession and are seated in a designated area during the commencement exercise.

Faculty Regalia

Faculty reserve their seat at commencement and order regalia by submitting the online Faculty Commencement Participation FormIt is important that any faculty member who plans on attending commencement completes the electronic participation form, even if you have your own regalia.

On Commencement day, faculty members are encouraged to wear their personal regalia as a proud statement of your significant academic accomplishments and an encouragement to our graduates to continue their own educational journey. Faculty may also rent Doctoral regalia at ($119.00 plus tax) or buy it at ($460.00 plus tax) Master's regalia can be rented at ($94.00 plus tax) or buy it at ($359.00 plus tax) from the NSU Bookstore if they do not have their own. Check with your college regarding regalia purchase assistance.

If you need regalia, after submitting your Faculty Commencement Participation Form, you will automatically be redirected to the NSU Bookstore/Oak Hall Cap & Gown website. Follow the prompts to complete the order for appropriate regalia. Write out your degree (no abbreviations, please) to assist bookstore personnel in providing you the correct color hood. There will be no pick up option. All regalia will be mailed to the address you provide at the time of renting or purchasing regalia.

For additional questions regarding your regalia, contact the NSU Shark Store at (954) 262-4799.


Faculty should park in the Public Library and Student Main Parking Garage located on Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd (directly across from the Carl DeSantis Building).  The Rick Case Arena at the Don Taft University Center is located 200 yards south of the parking garage. There are handicap accessible parking spaces located on every level of the garage near the elevators. Golf carts will be in operation before and after the ceremony to transport faculty with special needs to and from the parking garage and the UC.

Enter the Don Taft University Center through the north entrances directly across from the Alvin Sherman Library and proceed to the faculty staging area – The Black Box Theatre.


 Academic Procession for Faculty

The academic procession consisting of the candidates and faculty are led into the Rick Case Arena by the grand marshal. The procession begins approximately 20 minutes before the start of the ceremony.


Faculty will enter the Don Taft University Center and go directly to The Black Box Theatre, which is located on the first floor on the north side of the University Center (UC), in the Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) wing, directly inside the north entrance. Light refreshments, chairs, and full-length mirrors will be available for your convenience. A bookstore representative will also be on hand for regalia distribution.

Immediately following the ceremony, borrowed regalia can be returned to the NSU Bookstore table in the Black Box Theatre. Borrowed faculty regalia must be returned to the NSU Bookstore within seven (7) business days of the ceremony.

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