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Ceremony

Approximately two months prior to commencement, all eligible candidates will receive an email invitation via their NSU student account with information on how to complete Commencement Participation Form (CPF) and order a cap and gown (regalia) directly from the NSU Bookstore vendor Oak Hall Cap & Gown. Completing a CPF reserves a space in the appropriate commencement ceremony.

Candidates should refer often to NSU's Commencement Web site for complete, updated, and additional information and can follow us on Twitter for special announcements and updates.

NSU 2021 commencement ceremonies will take place this year at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gradens, FLorida.

Tickets & Seating: Tickets will be required for guest to attend commencement at the Hard Rock Stadium. After April 15, 2021 when a decision has been made about guest seating you will be able to order tickets by clicking on the link below to obtain tickets. There is no cost for the tickets, however, depending on the positively rate on April 15, 2021, you may be limited on the amount of tickets you can select. The stadium is seating guests in groups of 2, 4, or 6 guests, so if you are looking for family to be seated near each other, you must select seats in groups close together. Tickets will be electronic and can be viewed on your cellular device and forwarded to your guest. All candidates and their guest will be directed to Gate 5 which will open an hour and a half prior to the start of the ceremony. After entering through Gate 5, candidates will be directed to the lineup location on the ground level and guest will be directed to the guest seating in the stadium.  Link for tickets

Live Streaming: All NSU Commencement ceremonies will also be video streamed in real time. Visit the NSU Commencement home page and click on the "Commencement Ceremony Live" link for access. All NSU Commencement video streams are archived at www.nova.edu/commencement/archives/index.html approximately one week after the ceremony.

Tickets will be required for guest to attend commencement at the Hard Rock Stadium. After April 15, 2021 when a decision has been made about guest seating you will be able to order tickets by clicking on the link below to obtain tickets. There is no cost for the tickets, however, depending on the positively rate on April 15, 2021, you may be limited on the amount of tickets you can select. The stadium is seating guests in groups of 2, 4, or 6 guests, so if you are looking for family to be seated near each other, you must select seats in groups close together. Tickets will be electronic and can be viewed on your cellular device and forwarded to your guest. All candidates and their guest will be directed to Gate 5 which will open an hour and a half prior to the start of the ceremony. After entering through Gate 5, candidates will be directed to the lineup location on the ground level and guest will be directed to the guest seating in the stadium.  Link for tickets

Candidates who have achieved degree conferral status since the date of last year's commencement exercises, and prior to this year's ceremony dates, are automatically invited to participate this year (as long as they were not invited to participate in a prior year).

Otherwise, each program/school determines its "participation requirements." When in doubt, check with your academic program office or visit its commencement Web site for clarification on the requirements that must be met in order to be invited.

Rehearsals are not conducted as many candidates travel long distances to attend NSU commencement. Candidates and guests are asked to arrive one hour and a half prior to the start of the ceremony for instructions and appropriate placement for the processional. The entrance processional will begin its march into the Hard Rock Stadium 10 minutes prior to the published ceremony start time.

Your name and city of residence for the commencement program are printed as they appear in SharkLink. If you have noticed an address error in previous communications, correct the error via your SharkLink account. For a name change, complete and forward a Data Change Form and include with approved documentation.

The University has made arrangements with a professional photographer to capture the exact moment each candidate shakes hands with the Dean or President. Unfortunately, due COVID-19 and safety measures being implemented, no candidate will be walking across the stage. Each candidate will be asked to stand in front of their seat as their name is called.

Ceremonies are usually less than two to two-and-a-half hours in length.

The University has made every attempt to consolidate the length of ceremonies by shortening the speeches and providing a constant flow of candidates as they celebrate, without sacrificing each candidate's special moment. It is important that each and every candidate be given an opportunity in the spotlight. Therefore, as a courtesy to your fellow classmates and their guests, please remain seated and remain there until all candidates names have been called.

Commencement bouquets and floral arrangements are available for purchase in the lobby but can only be given to candidates after the ceremony. Official NSU merchandise will also be available for purchase at the at a designated located at the stadium.

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