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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.

Ways to Participate

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

Faculty Marshals

Assuming the role of Faculty Marshal is an esteemed privilege. Your part in Commencement is not just to lead candidates into the ceremony, but to also join them on stage while they are recognized for their academic accomplishments by the university president or dean. Academic deans invite these faculty members to be part of the celebration. They are seated with their discipline's candidates and set the tone and decorum for graduates on the day of their commencement.

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 ($131.00 plus tax) or buy ($411.00 plus tax) regalia 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 is no cost to you at check out for this rented regalia; however, payment will be due at the time of pick up.

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


Commencement parking is located in the public parking garage located 200 yards east of the Don Taft University Center (UC) at the NSU North entrance, 3100 SW Ray Ferraro Jr. Blvd. Remember, commencement parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Handicapped-accessible and special needs parking spaces are available to faculty with disabilities on the first floor of the parking garage. Only vehicles legally using disabled license plates or window placards are permitted to park in these designated spaces. Golf carts will be in operation before and after the ceremony to transport special-needs faculty to and from the parking garage and the UC.

For more information, please call (954) 262-5551 or visit the Website at

Heightened Security Measures

For the protection of all, faculty members will be screened with metal detector wands and all bags will be inspected upon entering the Don Taft University Center. Please note that oversized purses larger than 8 1/2" x 11" will not be permitted into the UC and that there are no facilities available for storing personal belongings.

Academic Procession for Faculty

The academic procession, consisting of candidates and participating faculty assemble one hour before the ceremony begins and are led into the arena by the grand marshal. The entrance processional leaves the faculty staging area 10 minutes prior to the ceremony start time. 

The Black Box Theatre, located on the first floor on the north side of the UC directly inside the north entrance, serves as faculty staging area. Light refreshments, chairs, and full-length mirrors will be available for your convenience. A bookstore representative will also be available for regalia pick up.

Immediately following the ceremony, borrowed regalia can be returned to the NSU Bookstore representatives located in the Black Box Theatre.

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