Graduation Information

Class of 2020

Important Dates to Remember

Graduation Speakers

  • There will be three student speakers at the Commencement Ceremony. The class president will give an address, an academic address will be given by a student in the top 5% of the graduating class, and the reflection address is open to any member of the class in good standing. Please click here to learn about the opportunity for seniors to speak at the commencement ceremony.

Academic Recognition

  • Students finishing the 7th semester ranked in the top 5% of their class will be recognized as Summa Cum Laude and will receive a gold cord to be worn at the Commencement Ceremony. (See the GPA Distribution link at the left for a breakdown)
  • Students finishing the 7th semester ranked in the top 10% of their class will be recognized as Magna Cum Laude and will receive a white cord to be worn at the Commencement Ceremony.
  • Students finishing the 7th semester ranked in the top 25% of their class will be recognized as Cum Laude in the program at the Commencement Ceremony and Senior Honors Night.

Commencement Ceremony

Thursday, May 21, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Northern Illinois University Convocation Center

1525 W. Lincoln Highway

DeKalb, IL 60115

  • Tickets are not needed
  • Audience doors open at 6:30 p.m.
  • Arrangements for Persons with Disabilities
    • From the NIU Website:
      • Guests with special needs
        • All commencement tickets are general admission. The Convocation Center has ample seating space for those in wheelchairs. One family member will be able to sit next to the guest in a wheelchair, while the rest of the family will be able to sit in the rows just in front of this area. Guests will be responsible to bring any special equipment (wheelchair, walker, etc.) they may need.
        • The Convocation Center is an arena where all the seating (except for ADA) is accessed via at least one step. To aid in understanding the setup of this venue, please consult the West End Stage seating info.
        • Special Needs Parking
        • Permanent spaces are designated for persons with disabilities. If you have a person that would like to be dropped off near the entrances, please let the parkers know as you enter the drive of the Convocation Center. They will then direct you.
  • The ceremony will be live streamed.
  • Grad Images will take pictures of each student as they receive their diploma
  • Parking Information
  • Bags will be checked as you enter the venue

For Students:

  • All fees and fines must be paid to be eligible to participate, this includes returning your Chromebook and charger.
  • Caps and gowns will be distributed during lunch periods on May 18 and 19.
  • To be eligible to participate you MUST attend:
    • Graduation Group Meeting-Tuesday, May 19, 2:30 p.m., Assigned Classrooms (see posters for assignments)
    • Graduation Practice-Thursday, May 21, 7:30 a.m., Main Gym
  • Arrive at the ceremony no later than 6:45 p.m.
  • Dress appropriately-no jeans, shorts, tennis shoes, or flip flops
  • Do not bring cell phones, cameras, purses, beach balls, or other disruptive items