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About Commencement

Commencement is a recognition and celebration of academic achievement and the lasting contributions that students have made to the university.

Do not confuse the degree/diploma application with commencement and your regalia purchase. These are two separate processes.

Although often used interchangeably, the words Commencement and Graduation are not the same thing. It is important to understand that participating in a commencement ceremony does not mean that you have completed your degree and actually graduated.

Commencement is a formal ceremony for students pursuing an academic degree who have been cleared to walk by their college or academic program.

Employee Parking During Commencement

NSU's main campus has the honor of hosting the university's commencement ceremonies in the Rick Case Arena at the Don Taft University Center. On the dates of commencement provided below, we are expecting considerable traffic on and around the main campus.

Guests attending commencement ceremonies will be utilizing the Alvin Sherman Library Parking garage, Mailman-Hollywood, Rosenthal Student Center, and the Carl DeSantis parking lots.

To accommodate the commencement attendees and their families who utilize these parking locations, NSU employees are to avoid parking these dates in the Blue P designated areas shown on the map below.

We encourage employees to consider carpooling during these times.

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Seating and Tickets

Families, friends, and the general public are cordially invited to attend commencement. Tickets are not required but seating is limited and large groups of guests wishing to sit together should arrive early.


The arena doors open one hour prior to the published start time of the ceremony for both candidates and their guests. Because seating is limited, please plan accordingly.

Please Note: Due to the size of the Rick Case Arena at the Don Taft University Center and as a courtesy to all candidates and their guests, the saving of seats is strictly prohibited.

Simulcast Locations

Commencement guests will also have the opportunity to view a live telecast of the ceremony via closed circuit television at three on-campus locations: the Flight Deck Pub and the Performance Theater in the Don Taft University Center and the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center, which is part of the Alvin Sherman Library. Seating is available on a first-come basis. The sign language interpreter is visible on the live telecast screen. The simulcast viewing is not closed captioned.

The Flight Deck Pub offers a family-friendly environment conducive to elderly guests and those with small children who may become restless due to the length of the ceremony.

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" icon for access. All NSU Commencement video streams are archived at approximately one week after the ceremony.

Commencement Dates

2020 Graduate/Professional Commencement Dates (Subject to change)

college date time
Shepard Broad College of Law Thursday, May 7, 2020 2:30 pm
College of Dental Medicine Friday, May 15, 2020 9:30 am
College of Medical Sciences Friday, May 15, 2020 9:30 am
Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine Friday, May 15, 2020 9:30 am
Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences (Physical Therapy only) Friday, May 15, 2020  2:30 pm
College of Optometry Friday, May 15, 2020 2:30 pm
College of Pharmacy Friday, May 15, 2020 2:30 pm
H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business & Entrepreneurship Thursday, June 11, 2020 2:30 pm
Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography Friday, June 12, 2020 9:30 am
College of Engineering and Computing Friday, June 12, 2020 9:30 am
College of Psychology Friday, June 12, 2020 9:30 am
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Friday, June 12, 2020 9:30 am
Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and
School of Criminal Justice
Friday, June 12, 2020 2:30 pm

2020 Undergraduate Commencement Date (Subject to change)

college date time
Traditional and Non-Traditional Main Campus Students (Excluding Nursing) Friday, May 8, 2020 9:30 am
Non-Traditional Students (All Nursing programs and all
other online and off-campus programs)
Friday, May 8, 2020 2:30 pm
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