FAQs

2017


Subject to change - check periodically for updates.


APPLY TO GRADUATE PROCESS
How do I apply for graduation?

How long will the application take?
What if I don't apply?
What if I receive an error message when I click on the Apply to Graduate link on myNEU? 
What if my degree information is incorrectly listed on my Graduation Application?
Will my major be printed on my diploma?
I recently changed my legal name and I want it to be printed on my diploma. How can I update it on the Graduation Application?
I would like to add accent marks to my name. What is the process?
What if I entered information incorrectly?
Am I only able to participate in the ceremony applicable to my college/level? 
Are there any deadlines I should be aware of?
Are there other important obligations I should be aware of before I graduate?
I have completed an exit interview but now my date of graduation has changed. Will it still be valid?
Who do I contact if I have special needs (i.e. mobility, hearing, etc.) that need accommodating if I choose to participate in the ceremony?
How will I receive information regarding my ceremony?
What do I do if I need an invitation letter from the University so that my family outside of the U.S. may join me at my graduation ceremony?

CEREMONY INFORMATION
When is my ceremony and who is eligible to participate?
Where and what time do I report for my ceremony?
How long does the ceremony last?
Who is my ceremony speaker?
Is there parking available?
Do you provide special seating or services for my guest if he/she has mobility issues?

TICKETS - REGALIA - DIPLOMA - PHOTOS - SPECIAL EVENTS
How many guest tickets am I allowed?
Are extra tickets available if I need them?
When will I be able to pick up my guest tickets?
When may I pick up my cap and gown?
What is my tassel/hood color? 
Do I need to pay for my cap and gown?
Can you mail my cap and gown?
I don't want to wear a cap and gown, do I have to?
I am graduating with honors. Will I receive an honor cord?
When will I receive my diploma?
Will I be able to purchase ceremony photos?
When do I have my photo taken for the Yearbook?
Are there any special college/school or senior events prior to my ceremony?





How do I apply for graduation?

1.  Curriculum Review
Before you Apply to Graduate through your myNEU account we recommend you take the time to review your current program information, i.e. degree, major, minor and concentration. To review this information log in to your myNEU account; under the Self-Service tab click Student Self-Service. From the Student Menu, click Student Records, then choose View Student Information; choose your term and click submit. Your expected graduation date and curriculum information will be noted on this page.

2. Apply to Graduate
log in to http://myneu.neu.edu. Using the Self-Service tab you will find the Commencement box located at the bottom left corner of the screen. Choose the Apply to Graduate option, complete the application provided.

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How long will the Graduation Application take to complete?
This task should take no more than a few minutes for you to complete, and is required in order to begin the degree completion process.

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What if I don't apply?
Failure to complete the Graduation Application form will impact the printing of your diploma, your participation in the ceremony; your ability to receive ceremony guest tickets; your information being included in the printed ceremony program, and other deadline driven components of the process.

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What if I receive an error message when I click on the Apply to Graduate link on myNEU?
This is most likely because your expected graduation date is not listed for the current year you are applying in or you are applying after the deadline. You will need to contact your academic advisor to have your Pattern of Attendance changed to update your expected graduation date.

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What if my degree information is incorrectly noted on my Graduation Application?
Do not complete the application form.  Contact your advisor or the dean's office of your college/school and request that a "Curriculum and/or Conferral Date Change for a Graduate Candidate" form be completed on your behalf.  Check periodically for the correction to your application and then complete the form as directed.

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Will my major be printed on my diploma?

The major will be printed on diplomas for non-specified degrees (Associate in Science Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Arts, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, Doctor of Philosophy) only. Minors are not printed on any diplomas.

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I recently changed my legal name and I want it to be printed on my diploma. How can I update it on the Graduation Application?
You must complete the Commencement Name Change form and return it with the applicable documentation. Your request must be processed by the Registrar's Office no less than 6 weeks prior to the ceremony to ensure that your diploma will be printed correctly. If you submit it after the 6 week period there will be a fee of $50 to reprint a new diploma.

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I would like to add accent marks to my name. What is the process?
You must complete the Commencement Name Change form - Section 2 and return it as noted no less than 6 weeks prior to the ceremony to ensure that your diploma will be printed correctly.

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What if I entered information incorrectly?

You will not have access to update your application form after it is submitted.  Be sure to carefully review before doing so.  If a change is needed after this time, you must contact the Commencement Office by calling 617.373.4098 or emailing Commencement@neu.edu.  A service fee may apply if the diploma has already been printed.

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Am I only able to participate in the ceremony applicable to my degree/level?
Yes, you are eligible to participate only in the ceremony that applies to your level and date of completion requirements


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Are there any deadlines I should be aware of?
APPLICATION DEADLINES:  Please refer to the Term Completion dates for dates applicable to completion of your degree.
Apply early to ensure that you receive emails regarding up to date information.

PROGRAM DEADLINES: Information applicable to your degree or diploma name, not submitted via the application form by the deadline noted below will not be included in the printed program.  Honors designation, if applicable, will be based on your current status as of this date.

May 5th Ceremony Program, Undergraduate & Graduate Levels: March 3, 2017

PhD Hooding & Graduation Ceremony Program: March 16, 2017

Law Ceremony Program, all May 26, 2017 ceremony participants: April 7, 2017

College of Professional Studies Graduation Program: March 31, 2017 (Please refer to the College of Professional Studies website for updates)

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Are there other important obligations I should be aware of before I graduate?
Yes, please note the following:


FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS
All financial obligations to the University must be met prior to the release of your diploma. Your current balance, including any balance owed on a payment plan, needs to be paid in full 2 weeks prior to the conferral of your degree.  If your financial obligation is not met until after the conferral, please contact the Commencement Office at 617.373.4098, for the release of your diploma. 

LOAN OBLIGATIONS
If you are a federal loan recipient, you are required to complete exit counseling prior to leaving the university. All Federal Stafford loan borrowers must complete on-line exit counseling through www.studentloans.gov.  Questions concerning this requirement should be directed to the Office of Student Financial Services (354 Richards Hall - 617.373.3190).  If you have received a Federal Perkins, Health Professions, Nursing, Physician Assistant and/or other institutional student loans, you must complete separate exit counseling paperwork through the Student Loan Collections office (315 Richards Hall - 617.373.2160). There are informational loan sessions which will provide you with important documents. You will be contacted at a later date with further details for completing this process. Regardless of your intention to participate in the commencement ceremony, access to your diploma will be blocked until your completed Exit paperwork is on file. 


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I have completed an exit interview but now my date of graduation has changed. Will it still be valid?
No. If you completed an Exit Interview in a prior semester, but did not graduate, you will need to complete another Exit Interview as the dates of loan repayment will change.


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Who do I contact if I have special needs (i.e. mobility, hearing, other) should I choose to participate in the ceremony?
Please email all details to commencement@neu.edu and a representative from the Registrar's Office and/or Commencement Office will contact you with further details.

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How will I receive information regarding my ceremony?

As needed, the Office of the Registrar and the Commencement Office will contact you through your husky email account regarding registration information, important reminders and upcoming deadlines.  We advise that you read all correspondence in its entirety and reply accordingly.

All related ceremony information is noted on the Commencement website at http://www.northeastern.edu/commencement. Please review it periodically for new and updated information.

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What do I do if I need an invitation letter from the University so that my family outside of the U.S. may join me at my graduation ceremony?

The University does not provide letters to graduates as a means for their guests to apply for a visa from their country to attend a graduation ceremony. The Office of Global Services recommends using copies of the following documents instead:

For further information please contact the Office of Global Services at 617-373-2310 or ogs@northeastern.edu.

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When is Commencement and who is eligible to participate?
Please refer to your applicable level via this link.

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Where and what time do I report for my ceremony?


UNDERGRADUATE LEVEL CEREMONY, Friday, May 5
Undergraduate degree candidates must report to TD Garden by 7:15 a.m. using the Legends Way entrance. Signs and staff will direct you accordingly.

GRADUATE LEVEL CEREMONY, Friday, May 5
Graduate candidates must report to the Gainsborough Garage at 2:15 p.m. Signs and staff will direct you accordingly.

BOUVE DOCTORAL AND MS (NURSING) CEREMONIES
Ceremony details will be provided to you by your college/program.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY HOODING & GRADUATION CEREMONY, Thursday, May 4
PhD level candidates must report to Solomon Court in Cabot Center using the entrance on World Series Way at 8:45 a.m. Signage and staff will be available to direct and assist you.

SCHOOL OF LAW CEREMONY, Friday, May 26
Degree candidates must report to Matthews Arena by 10:00 a.m. using the rear entrance located off of Gainsborough Street. Academic regalia will be available at this location upon arrival.

COLLEGE OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES GRADUATION CEREMONIES, Friday, May 12
Refer to the College of Professional Studies website for all information pertaining to the ceremony.

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How long will the ceremony last? Times noted are an approximation.

UNDERGRADUATE LEVEL CEREMONY: approximately 2-2.5 hours

GRADUATE LEVEL CEREMONY: approximately 2-2 1/4 hours

BOUVE DOCTORAL AND MS (NURSING) CEREMONIES: Ceremony details will be communicated to you by your college/program

PHD HOODING AND GRADUATION CEREMONY: approximately 1.5 hours

LAW SCHOOL CEREMONY: approximately 2 hours

COLLEGE OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES GRADUATION CEREMONIES: Refer to the College of Professional Studies website for all information pertaining to the ceremony.


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Who is my ceremony speaker?
Undergraduate Ceremony: To be announced at a later date
Graduate Ceremony: To be announced at a later date
Law Ceremony: To be announced at a later date
DMSB August Ceremony: To be announced at a later date

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Is parking available?
TD GARDEN
Visit their website at http://www.tdbanknorthgarden.com/directions/parking.asp for parking information. A valid HP sticker or hang tag is needed for handicapped parking and these spaces are available on a limited basis. Parking facilities may not be located in the near vicinity of the event location. It is advisable that you provide a wheelchair for your guest if he/she has any mobility issues due to health, age, etc. 

IMPORTANT: Parking availability in the TD Garden area will be VERY limited.  WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT IF POSSIBLE, YOU USE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION OR COMMUTER RAIL SERVICE to travel to the TD Garden.

NORTHEASTERN CAMPUS CEREMONIES
Parking will be open, per availability and complimentary by showing a ceremony ticket in the following campus areas: Columbus Parking Garage, and West Village Garage. Parking may also be available in the Renaissance Garage, regular rates apply.  These parking areas are a considerable walk from Matthews Arena.  If your guest has a mobility issue, it is advisable that you provide a wheelchair and/or drop off your guest with an escort prior to parking. 

COLLEGE OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES GRADUATION CEREMONIES
Information is available on the College of Professional Studies website.

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Do you provide special seating or services for my guest if he/she has mobility issues?
Every effort has been made to comply with ADA accessibility guidelines to accomodate patrons with disabilities in all ceremony venues: TD Garden, Matthews Arena and Cabot Center. Limited space is available and event staff will direct you accordingly. It is advisable that you provide a wheelchair for your guest if he/she has any mobility issues due to health, age, other.

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How many guest tickets am I allowed?
Participating and eligible candidates will be provided with tickets as follows:

UNDERGRADUATE degree candidates, TD Garden: 4

GRADUATE degree candidates, Matthews Arena: 2

BOUVE COLLEGE DOCTORAL & MS NURSING: Please refer to information sent to you by your college/program

PHD degree candidates, Cabot Center: 4 guest tickets

SCHOOL OF LAW degree candidates, Matthews Arena: 10 guest tickets

COLLEGE OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES, Matthews Arena: Please refer to the College of Professional Studies website for all information pertaining to the ceremony.

D'AMORE-MCKIM SCHOOL OF BUSINESS SUMMER CEREMONY, Matthews Arena: 10 guest tickets

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Are extra guest tickets available if I need them?
We currently do not anticipate that extra tickets will be available. Due to the consistent high attendance rate of both graduates and guests, the limit is set to accommodate all graduates fairly and to ensure that we do not exceed the venue capacity. If graduates are in need of additional tickets, the Commencement Office suggests reaching out to classmates and friends who have additional tickets that will not be used.  If extra tickets become available we will notify you through your husky email account and will post details on the commencement website. Please note that ticket allocation is based upon the number of students expected to participate in the ceremony, and capacity of the venue. We recognize that your graduation from Northeastern University is a major milestone in your life, while we wish that we could issue an unlimited amount of tickets for your loved ones, we must accommodate an equal number of guest tickets for all of our students.

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When will I be able to pick up my guest tickets?

Undergraduate Ceremony:

Graduate Ceremony:


Bouvé
 College of Health Science Doctoral and Master of Science (in nursing) ceremonies:

PhD Ceremony, Thursday, May 4, 2017:
Tickets and Invitations will be mailed to each qualifying PhD candidate to the address provided in the graduation application.

School of Law Ceremony, Friday, May 26, 2017: 
Tickets will be available during open office hours beginning in April in 59 Cargill Hall.

College of Professional Studies ceremonies: 
Refer to the College of Professional Studies website for all information.

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When may I pick up my cap and gown (academic regalia)?

Academic regalia will be provided to all qualifying candidates according to the following schedule:

UNDERGRADUATE CEREMONY:
Cabot Center/Solomon Court

A photographer will be on-site to take your graduation portrait during this distribution period. Photos will not be taken at this location after 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 6. Please plan accordingly.

GRADUATE LEVEL CEREMONY:


BOUVÉ COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCE DOCTORAL AND MASTER OF SCIENCE (IN NURSING) CEREMONIES:

PHD HOODING AND GRADUATION CEREMONY:


SCHOOL OF LAW:
Matthews Arena, upon arrival when you report for line-up. Use the rear entrance located off of Gainsborough Street

COLLEGE OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES GRADUATION CEREMONIES:

Information is available at the College of Professional Studies website.

What is my tassel/hood color?

LIST OF TASSEL AND HOOD COLORS

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Do I need to pay for my cap and gown?
No, academic regalia (cap, tassel, gown and hood if applicable), is provided at no cost to you and may be kept as a memento of the occasion.

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Can you mail my cap and gown?
No, caps and gowns will not be mailed. If you are unable to pick up your cap and gown during the allotted times and dates you may designate a friend to pick it up for you.

I don't want to wear a cap and gown, do I have to?
Yes. All participating students must wear the cap, gown and hood if applicable, provided for them by the University, with the exception of military personnel in uniform. If you are earning more than one degree, you must choose which degree you wish to be represented. You cannot wear multiple degree adornments.

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I am graduating with honors. Will I receive an honor cord?

Honor cords will be given to qualifying undergraduate candidates during cap and gown distribution.

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When will I receive my diploma?
Providing all academic and financial obligations are met: 

APRIL/MAY graduates: Diplomas not distributed at your ceremony will be mailed within 4 weeks following the conferral date. 

DECEMBER, JULY, AUGUST and SEPTEMBER graduates:  Diplomas will be mailed within 4 weeks following the conferral date.


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Will I be able to purchase graduation photos?
Yes, you will be given a few opportunities to "capture the graduation moment" in your official Northeastern academic regalia. A photographer will be available during the cap and gown distribution to take graduate portraits. They will also be available at the ceremony. Proofs, with information on ordering photos, will be mailed to all degree candidates immediately following the ceremony. 

For more details you may contact:

Grad Images
www.gradimages.com
Telephone: 800.261.2576

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When do I have my photo taken for the Yearbook?
Please visit http://www.cauldron.neu.edu/ for all related details concerning the Cauldron Yearbook.

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Are there any special college/school or senior events prior to my ceremony?
Events sponsored by a college or department and senior week activities are updated on the Commencement website as the information becomes available. You may also want to contact your individual college/school for more details.

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