Monday, May 24, 2021 @ 7:30p.m.
1525 West Lincoln Highway
DeKalb, IL 60115
There is ample seating and no tickets are required
Audience doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Ceremony usually lasts about 1 hour and 15 minutes
The class of 2021 ceremony will be live streamed. (Link will become available in the Spring.)
Grad Images will take pictures of each student as they receive their diploma
Bags will be checked as you enter the venue
No strollers please
No outside food or drink is permitted
Arrangements for persons with disabilities from the NIU website:
Guests with Special Needs
Our commencement is 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.
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 parking staff know as you enter the drive of the Convocation Center. They will then direct you.
After the ceremony, graduates will exit the Convocation Center by Door #2. Please make your arrangements to reunite with your graduate ahead of time.
All fees and fines must be paid to be eligible to participate.
Caps and gowns will be distributed between 10:00 and 2:00 on May 19th and between 7:30 and 2:00 on May 20th in the Main Gym Lobby.
To be eligible to participate you must attend:
Graduation Group Meeting - Monday, May 17, 2021 @2:30 p.m. locations TBD
Graduation Practice - Friday, May 21, 2021 @7:30 a.m. in the Main Gym
The "Big Picture" class panoramic photo will be taken at Graduation Practice. Prints may be ordered at www.gradimages.com for 10 days
Arrive at the ceremony at 6:30 p.m. You cannot enter the Convocation Center before this time.
Do not bring cell phones, cameras, or purses.
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.
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.
The 2020 Virtual Graduation Ceremony can be viewed here.
The 2019 ceremony can be viewed here. (Pictures of our graduates precede the ceremony. The ceremony begins at roughly the 22:30 mark of the video.)
The 2018 ceremony can be viewed here.