Commencement Event Guide 2019 | Nova Southeastern University of Florida

SIX MONTHS BEFORE COMMENCEMENT ✔ Check your personal information. Log into your SharkLink account to ensure accuracy of your information (i.e., spelling of name and correct permanent and/or mailing address) If you no longer have your NSU email, please contact the NSU Help Desk via email at or call (954) 262-4357 for assistance. ✔ Apply for your degree/diploma. An Application for Degree/Diploma should be completed and submitted with the appropriate fee no later than the last semester in which your program will be completed. The application can be submitted early and kept on file in order to expedite the process once your program requirements have been met. An Application for Degree/Diploma can be completed online after reading the important instructions at . SIX WEEKS BEFORE COMMENCEMENT ✔ Confirm your intent to participate at commencement. All eligible candidates who plan on attending must complete an online Commencement Participation Form (CPF), which is sent to your NSU SharkLink email account. At that time, review your degree information and confirm the proper spelling of your name for the commencement program. ✔ Order your cap and gown from the NSU Shark Store. After completing the CPF, candidates are responsible for ordering their academic regalia. For questions, please call the NSU Shark Store at (954) 262-4799 or email ✔ Notify guests. Families, friends, and the general public are cordially invited to attend commencement. Arena doors open one hour before the ceremony begins. Tickets are not required, but seating is limited, and large groups of guests wishing to sit together should arrive early. 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 . AT COMMENCEMENT ✔ Arrive early. Plan on arriving with regalia when the doors open one hour prior to the commencement start time and proceed to the RecPlex on the second floor of the UC. The procession will begin promptly at the scheduled time. Be aware that the arena doors will temporarily close to guests during the opening processional and the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner , and reopen afterwards on a space-available basis. ✔ Wear appropriate academic attire. Every candidate must wear approved cap and gown to participate in commencement. NSU regalia are blue for baccalaureate candidates and gray for all other degrees. No stiletto heels, tennis shoes, or sneakers should be worn, please. Baccalaureate degree candidates will wear their regalia to the graduation lineup site with their tassel to the right. Master’s and specialist degree candidates will wear their hoods throughout the entire ceremony with their tassel to the left. Doctoral degree candidates will carry their hoods on stage, where they will be hooded with their tassel to the left. ✔ Do not bring personal items. For everyone’s safety, all bags may be checked at the door. Do not bring purses or other personal items. Students are asked not to carry anything in the ceremony. After crossing the stage, you may be placed in a different seat, so don’t leave anything at your seat. There is no place to check or store purses, jackets, or other personal items. ✔ Do not bring children to the arena floor. Candidates will not be permitted to bring children on the arena floor and child care is not provided. ✔ Relax and enjoy your ceremony. The ceremony will last approximately two to two-and-a-half hours. Out of courtesy to all of our graduates, we ask that you remain for the duration of the ceremony. ASSEMBLY AND ROBING Candidates should plan to arrive when venue doors open, one hour prior to their ceremony start time, and proceed to the second-floor RecPlex main assembly area. Articles of clothing that will be visible at the neck and below the gown should be in keeping with the conservative style of the academic attire. For master’s and educational specialist candidates, the hood should be secured so that it will not slip off the shoulders. The cap, which may need bobby pins to stay on your head, is worn parallel to the ground. COMMENCEMENT CHECKLIST 9