2022 Commencement

Empowering Students to Succeed 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 Don Taft 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 by security at the door. Do not bring purses or other personal items. Students are asked not to carry anything in the ceremony because, after crossing the stage, you may be placed in a different seat. There is no place to check or store purses, jackets, or other personal items. Childcare is not provided Candidates will not be permitted to bring children on the arena floor or on stage. Relax and enjoy your ceremony The ceremony will last approximately two to twoand-a-half hours. Out of courtesy to all our graduates, we ask that you remain for the duration of the ceremony. 2022 NSU Commencement Commencement Checklist Not sure what to do or where to start in planning for commencement? Just follow this checklist to stay on track! SIX MONTHS BEFORE COMMENCEMENT Confirm accuracy of your student record information Log into SharkLink to verify accuracy of your personal information (i.e., spelling of name and correct permanent and/or mailing address) 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. 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 degree will be completed. The application can be submitted early and kept on file in order to expedite the process once your degree requirements have been met. An Application for Degree/Diploma can be completed online after reading the important instructions at nova.edu/registrar /instructions.html. 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 regalia@nova.edu. Invite your 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. Doctoral and Juris Doctorate candidates should watch the Hooding Video. AFTER COMMENCEMENT Order your graduation photographs Arrangements have been made with professional photographers to record the moment you walk across the stage. There is no obligation to purchase. Your contact information will be obtained from the name card you complete at commencement. Please ensure that you provide valid email and mailing addresses. Return your rented deluxe regalia Doctoral candidates can return their rented deluxe regalia after the ceremony at the UC or have seven business days to return regalia to the bookstore during normal operating hours. Failure to do so will result in a charge of the full purchase price to the student’s account. Help NSU Gain its Rightful Place among the Nation’s Best Look for a survey from NSU Career Development that seeks information about the activities you plan on engaging in after graduation. The First Destination Survey (FDS) is a national instrument that not only helps NSU develop career opportunities for current and future Sharks but also allows the university to better compete in the prestigious U.S. News &World Report Best College Rankings. You can find more information at the NSU Career Development website, Handshake. Hooding Video Graduating doctoral and juris doctorate candidates at NSU Commencement ceremonies will be hooded on stage in front of their friends and family. Hooding Video