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2020 October 2. Virtual Commencement

October 30, 2020 Latest Update:

Please note that you may now view the commencement ceremonies listed below at anytime on this site by clicking on your ceremony below. And to all our 2020 Graduates, Congrats!! You make us Proud!  

Law Ceremony

HPD Ceremony

  • College of Dental Medicine
  • College of Optometry 
  • College of Pharmacy
  • Ron and Kathy College of Nursing

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Science

Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice

All Undergraduate Ceremony

Graduate Ceremony

  • College of Computing and Engineering
  • College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science
  • H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship 
  • Halmos College of Natural Science and Oceanography


October 2 Commencement Program

2020-virtual commencement slide
Please click on the Virtual commencement October 2, 2020 tile above and you will be redirected to choose your Ceremony. Once redirected, click on the tile where your college is listed to start watching the virtual commencement at the given time. If you are undergrad, click on the undergraduate tile once redirected. 


2020 June 19. Virtual Commencement

June 19
10:00 AM

College of Medical Sciences

Dr. Kiran C. Patel College
of Osteopathic Medicine

June 19
10:00 AM

College of Psychology

Latest Commencement Update


August 19, 2020 

Why was the decision made to have a Virtual Ceremony?
We were extremely hopeful that the university would be able to offer a ground-based graduation ceremony during the 2020 commencement season.  Unfortunately, this is no longer a viable option, given the increasing spread of COVID-19 in South Florida and in accordance with national, state, and local governments prohibiting large group gatherings.  In addition, the university’s commencement venue recently announced it will not be accepting reservations for events scheduled to take place in 2020.  However, the university is pleased to offer our graduates the opportunity to participate in NSU’s October 2nd virtual commencement ceremony. 
October 2, 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremonies and Times:
10:00 AM Ceremonies:
Ceremony 1—Shepard Broad College of Law
Ceremony 2—HPD
  • College of Dental Medicine
  • College of Optometry
  • College of Pharmacy
  • R. & K. Assaf College of Nursing (graduate programs)
12:30 PM Ceremonies:
Ceremony 3—Abraham S. Fischler College of Education & School of Criminal Justice (graduate programs)
Ceremony 4—HPD—P. Patel College of Health Care Sciences (graduate programs)

3:00 PM Ceremonies:
Ceremony 5—All Undergraduate programs
Ceremony 6—FCE graduate programs
  • Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship
  • College of Computers and Engineering
  • College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and Halmos College of Natural
  • Sciences and Oceanography—now Halmos College of Arts and Sciences

Regalia Deadline

The website to order regalia will be closed on September 17, 2020. All orders must be made by September 17. No late orders will be processed for the October 2nd Virtual Commencement. 


2020 Commencement

You may have envisioned crossing the stage at commencement as your family and friends proudly look on. And so have we. Yet walking across that stage is not what makes you an accomplished graduate. The work you have put in does.  We look forward to celebrating your accomplishments in our virtual commencement ceremony on Friday, October 2, 2020. 


Here are some frequently asked questions you might have with this change. 

Each candidate will receive an email to their NSU email account. Please attach a photo of yourself along with the (phonetic) pronunciation of your name, and a personal statement of no more than 90 characters. You will attach this information and reply to the initial email where the letter was sent from. Here is an example of how the slide will be displayed as the candidate’s name is read during the ceremony.


Virtual Commencement Slides


Does the candidate get to select the photo that will be used?

Yes. We are asking each candidate to provide a photo appropriate for a formal ceremony. We do not require a professional headshot but here are some recommendations for taking your photo at home:

  • The photo needs to be sized a 5 x 7 vertical photo and 300 DPI
  • File must be less than 2 MB in size
  • Allowed file types are jpg, jpeg, and png
  • Do not use your hands for symbols of any kind
  • Do not put filters or special effect on the photo
  • Head coverings for religious purposes are allowed
  • Have someone else take your photo
  • Only the graduate should be in the photo
  • Find an area with a background you like and stand a few feet away so there is some space between you and the background
  • Find an area with window light and face the light
  • Shoot tight – just your head, shoulders, and elbows in the photo without much space around you
  • Have the photographer shoot straight-on – no high, low, or side angles
  • Stand so your toes are pointed 45 degrees away from the camera and turn your torso to look back at the camera
  • Stand straight and smile!
  • Take several photos until you have one you like and send it in
October 2, 2020 will be our next virtual commencement. Please check your emails for further information and instructions.

Ceremonies will be hosted on the NSU Commencement home page.

No. Do not confuse the degree conferral and diploma application with commencement/graduation and the recognition of your academic accomplishment. Once your academic requirements are completed and your dean has approved your degree application, your degree will then be conferred at the end of the month, and you will receive your diploma and degree credentials via FedEx to the address provided on your degree application form.

All requirements must be completed, verified by your dean that academic requirements have been met, and campus holds must be released in order to receive your diploma. Please note we may experience shipping delays with the current COVID-19 pandemic; however, your degree will be conferred on the appropriate date, will immediately show on your transcript, and your diploma will be printed and mailed to the address given on your degree application. If your diploma mailing address changes, it is important to contact with the correction as soon as possible.

A final degree transcript will be included with your diploma. However, as soon as your degree is reflected on your student account, you can go into SharkLink to request official transcripts to be mailed.

How will you know how to say my name?

When you are replying with your photo and personal message, also provide the phonetic spelling (spelling out how your name sounds), so our reader can pronounce it correctly.


Do I have to submit a photo?

No. You are not required to include a photo on your slide. However, we encourage you to submit a photo to share with your classmates.


What do I submit for a personal message?

We encourage students to share their favorite NSU moment or express appreciation towards family and friends. Messages are limited to 90 characters (Not 90 words). Please remember that this is a formal ceremony, so please do not use slang or derogatory terms. NSU reserves the right to review all comments and edit before they are added to the ceremony.



Do I still need a cap and gown for this ceremony?

Academic regalia is not necessary although candidates are welcome to purchase a cap, tassel, and gown for a bachelor's degree or a cap, gown, hood, and tassel for a master’s or specialist degree or rent the deluxe regalia for the doctoral degree from the NSU Bookstore if they desire. Since the NSU Bookstore is currently closed, a link to order regalia will be sent to candidates in the virtual commencement ceremony invitation.

Contact the commencement team at Follow us on Twitter at @nsucommencement for general announcements and commencement alerts as they become available. 

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