Graduation Information

Commencement Ceremony

Monday, May 23, 2022 @ 4:00 p.m.

Northern Illinois University

1525 West Lincoln Highway

DeKalb, IL 60115

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Parking Information

NIU Parking Map

  • There is ample seating and no tickets are required

  • Audience doors open at 3:00 p.m.

  • The ceremony usually lasts about 1 hour and 15 minutes

  • Bags will be checked as you enter the venue

  • No strollers

  • No outside food or drink is permitted

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.

  • 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 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.


Livestream

The Class of 2022 ceremony will be live-streamed on the D303 YouTube channel. Click the link to watch the ceremony in real-time.


Pictures

Grad Images will be on hand to take pictures of each graduate as they receive their diploma.

Once the photos are ready, students will be emailed and/or mailed their proofs. Students can also visit the website at gradimages.com and type in their last name, school, and graduation year to see their proofs. Students can also call the Grad Images Customer Service Department at (800) 261-2576 or email ecc.giservice@gradimages.net.

For Students

  • Graduation Group Meeting - Monday, May 16, 2022 @2:30 p.m. Room Assignments TBD.

  • Caps and gowns will be distributed between May 17, May 18 & May 19, 2022 in the Main Gym Lobby.

  • Graduation Practice - Friday, May 20, 2022 @ 7:30 a.m. in the Main Gym.

  • Arrive at the ceremony at 3:00 p.m. You cannot enter the Convocation Center before this time.

  • Do not bring cell phones, cameras, or purses.

  • No outside food or drink.

  • Students whose last names begin with letters A-K will be seated on the left side facing the stage.

  • Students whose last names begin with letters L-Z will sit on the right side facing the stage.

  • Please have a plan to reunite with parents/guests outside the Convocation Center or parking lot after the 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.

  • 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 and will receive an orange cord to be worn at the Commencement Ceremony.

  • All honor recognitions are based on the weighted GPA Distribution linked below.

GPA Distribution

Ceremony Archive

2021 Ceremony:

  • The 2021 ceremony can be viewed here.

2020 Ceremony:

2019 Ceremony:

  • 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.)

2018 Ceremony:

  • The 2018 ceremony can be viewed here.