The H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship, the Center for Psychological Studies, Oceanography, the Graduate School of Humanities & Social Sciences, the Graduate School of Computer & Information Sciences, and the Graduate School of Criminal Justice will jointly hold the 2014 Graduate Commencement Exercises on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. with an alternate date of June 22, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
Commencement recognizes and celebrates graduate students' successful completion of their academic programs. Although often used interchangeably, the words Commencement and Graduation are not the same thing. It is important to understand that participating in a commencement ceremony does not mean that you have completed your degree and actually graduated. Commencement is a formal ceremony for students who have been cleared to walk by their school or program. However, many students–as well as their families and friends–look forward to the ceremony as a rite of passage bridging school and career.
Keynote speaker to be announced.
Criteria for Marching in Commencement
Master of Business Administration (all concentrations)
Master of Science in Human Resource Management
Master of Science in Leadership
Master of Science in Real Estate Development
Master of International Business Administration
Master of Public Administration
Master of Accounting
Master of Taxation
- Master's students who have completed all their degree requirements by March of the current year, and are in good academic standing, are automatically invited to attend. Master's students who are expected to complete all degree requirements (including capstone) by the end of the summer term (July-September) of the current year, and are in good academic standing, are eligible to petition. Petitions will be accepted and considered when students enroll in their final summer courses.
- To submit a petition, log into the HS Portal and select the Commencement Petition link in the Commencement Information section of Student News module.
Approximately two months prior to commencement, all eligible candidates will receive an email invitation via their NSU SharkLink account to complete a Commencement Participation Form (CPF) and order a cap and gown (regalia) directly from the NSU Bookstore vendor Oak Hall Cap & Gown. Completing a CPF reserves a space in the appropriate commencement ceremony. Candidates should refer often to NSU's Commencement Web site for complete, updated, and additional information.
Proper academic regalia is required for all candidates who participate in any NSU Commencement Ceremony. NSU's newly approved regalia is blue in color for all baccalaureate candidates and gray for master's, specialists and doctoral candidates. All candidates are responsible for ordering their caps and gowns directly from the NSU Bookstore vendor Oak Hall Cap & Gown. Only regalia purchased through Oak Hall are acceptable wear at NSU commencement ceremonies. If you have purchased regalia through another source, please reserve it for use on other occasions. Candidates should refer often to NSU's Commencement web site for regalia details.
Regalia ordered after the ceremony deadlines listed within your electronic invitation must either be picked up at the main NSU Bookstore in the University Park Plaza in Davie, Florida (please check with the Bookstore for pick-up dates), or on the day of commencement at the BB&T Center from the Bookstore's kiosk in front of Section 134. The purchase price of regalia varies according to the degree attained. Master's/Specialist regalia cost $90.00. Doctoral candidates may either rent ($164.00) or purchase ($992.00) their deluxe regalia.
During the ceremony, students will be called to the stage, announced as candidates for graduation, and be awarded certificates of congratulations. Diplomas are not distributed at commencement. In order to receive the official diploma, graduating students must submit an Application for Degree to the Office of the University Registrar (Online). Diplomas will be mailed by that office to the graduating student's home addresses. Graduating students should verify their home addresses via Sharklink.
Sigma Beta Delta
Sigma Beta Delta is an International Honor Society for Business, Management, and Administration. The purpose of the society is to promote higher scholarship in training for business and to recognize and reward scholastic achievement in business subjects. To be considered for initiation into Sigma Beta Delta, students must have all course work finished by the end of March with an overall GPA of 3.80, and be invited to commencement. MPA, MS Real Estate Development and DPA students are not included.
Eligible students will be emailed more information regarding membership by the second week of May.
For questions regarding Sigma Beta Delta, please send an email to email@example.com.
Pi Alpha Alpha MPA and DPA students only
Membership is limited to persons who demonstrate academic achievement in public affairs and administration programs in NASPAA member schools and/or outstanding public service, and who fall within the following classes: student, alumni, faculty and honorary. All memberships are national memberships with a local (NSU) chapter affiliation.
Requirements for student membership by master's students are a 3.7 GPA and completion of at least half of the coursework required for the degree. Doctoral students who meet the requirements for Pi Alpha Alpha master's degree student membership or who have completed all the requirements for the MPA or its equivalent are also invited into membership in the NSU chapter.
Alpha Sigma Gamma MS Real Estate Development students only
Alpha Sigma Gamma (ASG) was created in 1993 to recognize the scholastic achievements of students in university real estate programs. ASG also recognizes the participation and contributions of real estate faculty and the professional real estate community in real estate education. Alpha Sigma Gamma is the only international organization for the recognition of real estate student academic excellence in the world. Sponsored by the American Real Estate Society, Alpha Sigma Gamma currently consists of over 275 members on 21 U.S. universities. Michael Maxwell, MSRED faculty member, is the NSU Chapter President. Qualification for membership in ASG requires a grade point average of 3.75 or better on a four-point scale for graduate real estate and related coursework and an overall grade point average of 3.5 or better for all graduate course work in the Master's program. 2011 is NSU's first year of inductions for the Master of Science Real Estate Development graduating students.
The H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship, the Center for Psychological Studies, Oceanography, the Graduate School of Humanities & Social Sciences, the Graduate School of Computer & Information Sciences, and the Graduate School of Criminal Justice will hold the 2014 Graduate Commencement Exercises at:
Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.Alternate date June 22, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
Please visit the Office of the University Registrar for confirmation on commencement date and other related information.
Admission to commencement is free for guests of candidates participating in the ceremony. Guests do not need tickets to attend.
Graduation announcements may be ordered online from the NSU Bookstore or by calling 1-800-509-BOOK. Announcements may also be ordered online through Herff Jones. Processing and delivery of announcements takes about 14 days. Personalized name cards require an additional 14 days.
Commencement related items can be ordered online.
Graduating students who are residents of Miami-Dade and Broward County must present their participation form in person to the NSU Bookstore in order to obtain their regalia. The NSU Bookstore is located on the south end of University Park Plaza, next to the Bank of America, on the corner of University Drive and SW 36th Street in Davie. For Bookstore hours of operations, call 954-262-4750.
Personalized Graduation Announcements and Class Rings
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