Graduation Information

You will apply for graduation during the semester in which you register for your final term. You should meet with your adviser to determine that you are registering for the correct courses. You and your adviser must be certain that your file in Registration and Records is complete and accurate with all documents (transcripts, grade changes, substitutions, adviser approval letters) and information necessary for graduation. Please carefully review your Academic Advising Report for accuracy. It is your responsibility to contact your adviser with any questions regarding discrepancies that appear on this report. You may view your Academic Advising Report through MyNIU.

The deadlines for applying for graduation and commencement are listed below. You must have at least 90 total semester hours to apply for graduation. The $29.00 graduation fee will be billed to your student account. You may only apply for graduation during the dates listed below. Absolutely no late applications will be accepted.

  • December/Fall 2017 graduation: apply March 1, 2017 – September 1, 2017
  • May/Spring 2018 graduation: apply August 1, 2017 – February 1, 2018
  • August/Summer 2018 graduation: apply August 1, 2018 – June 15, 2018

*Note: August candidates who wish to participate in the May ceremony must apply for August graduation by February 1.  August graduates who do not participate in the May ceremony will be invited to attend the December ceremony regardless of their graduation application date.

If you have chosen to restrict the release of your name in your privacy settings (FERPA) in MyNIU, your name will not be published or appear in the Commencement Program. The deadline to make changes to your privacy settings is the same as the graduation application deadline each semester.

Further correspondence regarding your eligibility towards graduation may come to your ZID email account from your department, college office, or Registration and Records. If you are not going to complete all of your requirements during the term for which you have applied, you must change your date in Registration and Records by the deadlines listed above or no later than 30 days into the following semester.

The final graduation check determines if you have met the requirements for your degree and if you are eligible for a degree with distinction. This process begins as soon as grades are processed and is generally completed within 14 days after the official graduation date. During those 14 days, your file must be completed with all documents required to complete your degree.

If you are unable to resolve a deficiency within this 14-day period, please advise the Office of Registration and Records immediately of your new graduation date . The deadline to change a previous graduation date is 30 days into the following semester. It is the student's responsibility to notify the Office of Registration and Records in writing of their next intended graduation date.

Upon such notification, the Office of Registration and Records and your college office will review your academic record again at that time. An additional fee is not required.

Your diploma will be sent to the permanent address Registration and Records has on file if you are currently enrolled at NIU. You must clear any monetary or other obligations to the University to receive your diploma. If you need to change your address, please go to MyNIU. If you are not currently enrolled at NIU, contact Registration and Records at (815) 753-0681 or to change your address. Diplomas are sent to your permanent address four to six weeks after the end of the term. You may verify the date your diploma was mailed through the Michael Sutter website.

Commencement Information

For more information about the commencement ceremony, please visit the Convocation Center website at: