2017 NSU graduation checklist

By: Nikki Chasteen

Congratulations, graduating Sharks. It’s finally here and you are almost finished. To alleviate some of the last-minute stress, we’ve put together a to-do list to help guide you through the graduation process.

RSVP for graduation

If your advisor has confirmed you are set to graduate, then you received an invitation to graduation from the Registrar’s Office. Make sure you RSVP to this commencement invitation by April 14. This is the only way you will be able to order your cap and gown. Speaking of ordering cap and gown, next on the list…

Grad Fest 2017


NSU will host its annual Grad Fest on two different weekends, April 7-8 and May 5-6, from 12-6 p.m. at the Shark Store and in the Don Taft University Center spine. At Grad Fest, you can order announcements, take pictures and order class rings.

Tell your friends and family

Make sure you send out your announcements and invite friends and family to the ceremony. While tickets for commencement are not required, arriving early is encouraged as seating is limited. This is an exciting time, and you don’t want anyone to miss your special day. Be sure to confirm the time you are graduating and tell your guests the doors will open one hour prior to the start of the ceremony.


It is important to be comfortable while sitting and standing for extended periods of time. NSU has rules about what types of shoes are permitted at graduation. NSU does not allow stiletto heels, tennis shoes or sneakers to be worn with your gown. For men, plan on wearing a dress shoe that you would wear with a suit. For women, wedges and flats are acceptable.

Personal items

As tempting as it will be to Snap every moment of the ceremony, NSU advises you to leave all purses and personal belongings with your family or friends. NSU does not have a place for personal belongings such as phones and purses. Keep these items safe with your guests in attendance. There will be plenty of video and photography to capture your moment.

Graduation is an exciting time in your life. Make sure you are not waiting until the last minute to order your cap and gown or graduation announcements. Taking care of the necessities on the checklist early will ensure you can focus on the final weeks of the semester and finish strong. If you have additional questions, you can find a lot of helpful information in the Commencement Brochure 2017 at nova.edu/publications/commencement-brochure-2017.

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