RECEPTIONS & EVENTS Colleges may host receptions and other special events related to commencement. Please contact your program office directly for more information. HPD SENIOR AWARDS DINNER & DANCE The Health Professions Division (HPD) conducts senior awards dinners prior to its May and August commencement ceremonies. Each graduate may bring one guest at no charge. Tickets are non- transferrable. Additional guests are always welcome to attend at a cost of $85 per person. The May dinner is scheduled for Thursday, May 17, 2018, at th e Diplomat Beach Resort , 3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, Fla. 33319, for graduates in the Colleges of Dental Medicine, Health Care Sciences’ Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology programs, Optometry, Osteopathic Medicine, and Pharmacy. Reservations for the May dinner open in March 2018 through Thursday, May 10, 2018. **PLEASE NOTE: There is a $15 per vehicle valet parking charge or a $10 per vehicle self-parking charge. ** The August dinner will be Thursday, August 16, 2018, at th e Signature Grand , 6900 W. State Road 84, Davie, Fla. 33317, for the graduate programs from the College of Health Care Sciences (except Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology) and College of Nursing. Reservations for the August dinner open in June 2018. Both evening affairs feature a wine and cheese reception and sit-down dinner, followed by music and dancing. Business attire is suggested. Information concerning your RSVP and dining choices will be supplied with your online invitation and Commencement Participation Form (CPF). Online candidates who notify the commencement office of their intention to participate in either commencement or the Senior Awards Dinner & Dance will have their student account charged the full HPD graduation fee. There are no refunds and this charge may not be realized until several days after commencement weekend. Empowering Students to Succeed FORMATION OF ACADEMIC PROCESSION The academic procession, consisting of candidates, faculty, Board of Trustee members, and NSU administrators will assemble one hour before the ceremony begins. The procession will be led in by the Grand Marshal at the start of the ceremony. All candidates will be grouped by program in the RecPlex on the second floor of the University Center (UC) and will receive a card to write their name as they would like it to be read on stage and address where photo proofs can be sent after the ceremony. The faculty robing area is the Black Box Theatre on the north side of the UC, directly across from the Alvin Sherman Library. There are no facilities available at the UC for storing purses or other personal items you may be carrying. Please leave these items with your guests. The University is not responsible for items left unattended. Wear comfortable shows (no tennis shoes or sneakers, please) as you will be on your feet for extended periods of time and climbing stairs. LINE OF MARCH When called to the stage for the presentation of candidates for degrees, you will either be directed to the left (toward the University President) or right (toward the Dean). Please follow the directions of the stage attendants to ensure an orderly procession. CEREMONY CLOSING To signify the closing of each ceremony, the president will ask candidates to rise at their seats for the conferral of degrees. Some HPD graduates are required to recite their professional oaths, which can be found in the back of the commencement program. Degree conferral is an important part of commencement. To ensure that you do not miss the actual conferring of your degree, please make sure to schedule a sufficient amount of time. NSU Commencement ceremonies are usually less than two-and-a-half hours in length. At the conclusion of commencement, all will stand while the Grand Marshal leads the stage party from the arena, followed by the faculty and candidates. Guests are asked to remain in their seats until everyone has left the floor and to meet their graduates outside on the Alvin Sherman Library Quad.