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How do I know if I am graduating?

The Student Union, Event and Conference Services does not decide who graduates. Applications to graduate are handled by Enrollment Management Services. If you have questions about your graduation status, contact Enrollment Management Services (D 101). Undergraduates may contact (773) 442-4060 or, and graduate students may contact (773) 442-6017 or

Will my name be read out loud at the ceremony?

All students who participate in the Commencement ceremony will have their name read aloud. You will receive an index card at check-in that will have your name on it. You can write the phonetic spelling on the index card if your name is difficult to pronounce. Hand it to the reader as you move toward the podium. Your name will be called from this card.

What time do I have to be at Commencement? 

Graduates should plan to be at Commencement one hour before the ceremony starts. Graduates will be directed to the sign-in area. Guests should also plan to arrive at Commencement by 3 p.m.

What about parking?

Students will receive (1) one parking pass for themselves and/or their guests. Additional guests will need to pay for parking, $10 per car. Parking is located at: 

Harrison Street Parking Structure (HSPS) 
1100 W. Harrison - Lot 1A 
1109 W. Harrison - Lot 1B
1139 W. Harrison

Where do I get my cap and gown?   

If you have pre-ordered your regalia it will be ready for you to pick up at the Salute to Graduates event taking place on April 4 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and April 5 from 3-7 p.m. in Alumni Hall. If you are unable to attend the event you may pick up your regalia at Follett Book Store during their business hours before Friday, May 4, 2018.

The undergraduate package includes the cap, gown, tassel and stole. The graduate package includes the cap, gown, tassel and hood. Call Follett Book Store at (773) 442-4990.



     EXTRA CAP: $6.75

     EXTRA TASSE: $3.25

     EXTRA STOLE: $21.50

     EXTRA GOWN: $25

         BLUE TASSELS: $3.25
         GOLD TASSELS (ALPHA CHI): $3.25

Students can begin purchasing regalia at Follett Book Store starting Wednesday, April 4, 2018. The last day to purchase caps and gowns is Friday, May 4, 2018.

What should I wear under my cap and gown? 

For Commencement ceremonies, women often wear dresses, suits, skirts or pants with blouses. Men often wear suits or dress slacks and shirts with ties.

Is there a place to leave my personal belongings during the ceremony?

There is no secure place for your personal belongings. Coat racks will be provided for graduates only. Please leave all personal belongings (handbags and other valuable personal belongings) with family members or friends to hold on to before the ceremony begins. In order to keep the ceremony as distraction-free as possible, all phones must be put on vibrate or turned off. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

How many guests can I bring to Commencement? 

Each graduate will be given six (6) tickets to Commencement. Graduates may also place their names on a waiting list for two (2) additional tickets. Extra tickets are not guaranteed and are based on availability.

Where do I get tickets for Commencement?  

Commencement tickets may be picked up at the University Welcome Desk/ Information Center starting Friday, April 6, 2018, until Friday, April 27, 2018. The Welcome Desk/ Information Center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., and is closed on weekends and holidays. Students must show a photo I.D. to collect tickets (NEIU I.D., state I.D./driver's license, passport, etc.).

How much do Commencement tickets cost? 

Commencement tickets are free.

Can you mail my Commencement tickets to me? 

The Office of Student Union, Event and Conference Services is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets, and will not mail tickets, as we will be unable to replace them if they are lost in the mail. However, if you have special circumstances, please call (773) 442-4630.

I need more tickets, what can I do? 

If additional tickets are needed, the graduate can place their name on a waiting list for two additional tickets starting April 4, 2018, at the Salute to Graduates Event in the Student Union. Extra tickets are not guaranteed and are based on availability. If extra tickets are available they will be distributed in the order in which requests were made.  

What if I don't want to walk in the Commencement ceremony?

You are not required to walk in the Commencement Ceremony, and you may still graduate and receive your diploma if you decide not to participate in Commencement. Since the Commencement Ceremony is held before the end of the semester, diplomas are not awarded on Commencement day. Once the semester is complete and final grades are calculated, those who have earned their diplomas will be notified by mail as to how they can pick up or have their diplomas sent to them.

I want to walk in the Commencement ceremony, but I'm not sure if I'll be there or not. What should I do? 

If you want to participate in Commencement, but are not sure if you will be able to, the Office of Student Union, Event and Conference Services recommends that you collect your tickets and plan to attend. On the day of Commencement, graduates will be given name cards that will indicate who is present that day. If you plan to attend Commencement, but then are unable to, you will not create any disruptions on Commencement Day.

May I leave the ceremony after I walk across the stage?

No. Please remember that leaving early disturbs the ceremony and is inconsiderate to other students and their family and guests. Students and guests are asked not to leave the ceremony before the entire procession has ended.

How long is the ceremony?

The ceremony lasts approximately three hours. 

How do I arrange special seating or special parking for my guests or myself? 

Guests who require special seating will be greeted in the main lobby by UIC Pavilion staff. Ushers will assist guests with seating. 

How do I arrange for interpreter services for deaf and hard of hearing graduates or guests? 

An interpreter will be on site and special seating close to the interpreter is available. Please call (773) 442-4630 for more information and to make arrangements.

Who attends the Salute to Graduates and the Academic Honors Reception?

All graduates are encouraged to attend the Salute to Graduates.

The Academic Honors Reception is a special ceremony for students who are graduating with honors based on their GPA. These students receive a separate invitation to attend the Academic Honors Reception. At that ceremony, graduates will be given medals to wear at Commencement that indicate that they are graduating with either cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude honors. Students participating in the University Honors Program are also honored and receive medals at the Academic Honors Reception.

When do I receive my diploma? 

Since the Commencement Ceremony is held before the end of the semester, diplomas are not awarded on Commencement day. Once the semester is complete and final grades are calculated, those who have earned their diplomas will be notified by an email to their Northeastern email address as to how they can pick up or have their diplomas sent to them.


Yes. Anyone can watch the ceremony by visiting The link will not be made available and live until the day of the ceremony.

Is NEIU using social media for the event?

We encourage graduates, friends and family to use the hashtag #NEIUgrad on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Don't forget to follow us us on Twitter (@neiu) Facebook and Instagram (@neiulife)!

Still have questions?

Contact the Office of Student Union, Event and Conference Services at (773) 442-4630.


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