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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 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 NSU community who utilize these parking locations, additional parking will be made available on these dates in the Blue P designated areas shown on the map below.

We encourage you to consider carpooling during these times.

commencement parking map
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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.

Seating

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 Performing and Visual Arts 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 www.nova.edu/commencement/archives/index.html approximately one week after the ceremony.

Commencement Dates

2019 Graduate/Professional Commencement Dates (Subject to change)

college date time
Shepard Broad College of Law Thursday, May 09, 2019 2:30 pm
College of Dental Medicine Friday, May 17, 2019 9:30 am
College of Medical Sciences Friday, May 17, 2019 9:30 am
Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine Friday, May 17, 2019 9:30 am
Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences (Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology) Friday, May 17, 2019  2:30 pm
College of Optometry Friday, May 17, 2019 2:30 pm
College of Pharmacy Friday, May 17, 2019 2:30 pm
H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business & Entrepreneurship (MBA and MIBA) Friday, June 07, 2019 9:30 am
H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business & Entrepreneurship (Except MBA and MIBA) Friday, June 07, 2019 2:30 pm
Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography Friday, June 07, 2019 2:30 pm
College of Engineering and Computing Friday, June 07, 2019 2:30 pm
College of Psychology Friday, June 14 2019 9:30 am
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Friday, June 14, 2019 9:30 am
Abraham S. Fischler College of Education Friday, June 14, 2019 2:30 pm
Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences (Except Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology) Friday, August 16, 2019 2:30 pm
Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing Friday, August 16, 2019 2:30 pm

2019 Undergraduate Commencement Date (Subject to change)

college date time
Traditional Day Students (including Health Care
Sciences - Athletic Training, Speech-Language &
Communication Disorders, and Exercise and Sport Science)
Friday, May 10, 2019 9:30 am
Non-Traditional Main Campus Students (Except Nursing) Friday, May 10, 2019 9:30 am
Non-Traditional (online, off-campus) Students Friday, May 10, 2019 2:30 pm
Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences Friday, May 10, 2019 2:30 pm
Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing Friday, May 10, 2019 2:30 pm
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