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2020 Virtual Commencement

June 19
10:00 AM

College of Medical Sciences

College of Psychology

Dr. Kiran C. Patel College
of Osteopathic Medicine

Latest Commencement Update

June 30, 2020

The HPD August 14, 2020 commencement ceremonies have been postponed. Currently there is no make-up date for these ceremonies. Once determined, an email will be sent to all candidates informing them of a new date and time. Until that time, check back here or follow us at for updates.


April 21, 2020

Message from NSU President Dr. George Hanbury:

As promised, I am continuing to reach out to you with information as decisions are made and developments arise related to the effects COVID-19 has had on NSU and the NSU community. Since I wrote to you last week, we have made some decisions about commencement ceremonies... 


One of my great joys as your President is to shake your hand as you walk across the Commencement stage. Unfortunately, that will not be feasible this May or June. Instead, I look forward to experiencing this important milestone with you when we are able to schedule various ceremonies at a later date or, for some of our professional degree recipients, via remote events. Please be assured that your degree will be officially conferred, as usual, based upon your satisfactory completion of all degree requirements, as sanctioned by NSU faculty, and as approved by NSU’s Board of Trustees.

Even though we always have held commencement ceremonies to publicly witness and celebrate the hard work you perform to achieve your academic goals, our graduates receive their diplomas and degree credentials via FedEx to the address provided on your degree application form.

As to the commencement ceremonies regularly scheduled for May or June, we are evaluating the best way to hold a live celebration of your academic achievements later this year when it is suitable to have groups assembled. Please stay tuned for updates from your dean.

For those of you receiving professional degrees, your dean will reach out to you with further information as it may be required for you to attend a digital event in order to be given your oath.


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 for the graduate and professional degrees from the College of Psychology, College of Medical Sciences, and Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine on June 19, 2020. 

All other colleges, including all undergraduate programs have requested to delay their commencement ceremonies until the fall hoping we will be able to have live face2face ceremonies. Information on this will be shared as information becomes available.

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

No. The graduate and professional degrees from the College of Psychology, College of Medical Sciences, and Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine have decided to move the ceremonies to a virtual format where the candidates’ names will be read while a slide of their name, degree, photo, and personal message will be shown on screen. No in-person ceremony will be held for these three colleges due to COVID-19. All other colleges including all undergraduate programs are on hold until a decision can be made on a live fall ceremony.

On June 19, 2020, graduate and professional degrees from the College of Medical Sciences and the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine were together in one ceremony at 10 a.m. The College of Psychology had its own ceremony on June 19, beginning at 10 a.m. Nearly 800 students from the three colleges were highlighted during these virtual commencement ceremonies.

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, 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.

The August 14, 2020 commencement ceremonies for the Health Professions Division have been postponed. Additional information will be forthcoming based on CDC and State of Florida health guidelines.

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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