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Commencement Information

Commencement Booklet
The Commencement Booklet contains detailed information on Commencement. It is highly recommended that all graduating students review the booklet. 

Commencement Checklist for Graduates
Please review the Commencement Checklist for information regarding academic attire, fees and other information detailing out other commencement requirements.

Lost or Stolen Items
It is strongly suggested that graduates leave personal items with family or friends. NSU does not have a location to store these items, and NSU is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Commencement Information

  • Commencement Length

    The ceremony is approximately 2-2.5 hours.
  • Commencement Arrival Time

    The gates to William “Dick” Price Football Stadium will open at 8:00 a.m. to the general public. The ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. 

  • Parking

    Parking will be available throughout the campus. Shuttle services will be available to transport guests from parking lots to William “Dick” Price Football Stadium. Shuttle services will begin at 7 a.m.

Commencement Attendees

  • General Public

    • Plan to be at the ceremony at least 30 minutes before the posted ceremony start time.
    • William “Dick” Price Football Stadium will open at 8:00 a.m. to the general public.
    • A ceremony ticket is required for entry.
    • Please contact your graduate regarding a ceremony ticket.
    • There will be a fair amount of walking in William “Dick” Price Football Stadium from shuttle drop-off locations and entrance points to guest seating. Guests with limited or restricted mobility should plan accordingly. Limited handicapped seating will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Lost or Stolen Items

    NSU is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Graduates are encouraged to leave personal items, i.e. purses, electronic devices, and other valuable items with family or friends. NSU does not have a location to store these items.

Ticket Information

*Additional tickets are not available. Please do not call the Office of University Events to inquire about additional tickets.

  • Commencement Ticket Information

    The 104th Commencement will be held in William “Dick” Price Football Stadium on campus. Commencement tickets are required for entry.

    Each graduate will be given an allotment of tickets at the commencement rehearsal. Distribution of ceremony tickets is solely the responsibility of the graduate. Extra tickets will not be available.

  • Ticket Pick up

    Graduates may pick up their tickets at commencement rehearsal on Friday, May 3, 2019. Please bring a printed copy showing that you have completed the Graduating Student Exit Survey and your Student ID.


  • Extra Additional Tickets

    Unfortunately, no extra tickets are available for this commencement ceremony.


Graduate Information

  • Commencement Arrival Time

    Graduates should arrive to campus starting at 7:00 a.m. to pick up name cards from the ticket windows at Price Stadium.

  • Commencement Rehearsal

    Commencement Rehearsal will be on Friday, May 3 at 9:00 a.m. in Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall Arena. Please bring your I.D. and academic hood. 

  • Dress Requirements for Graduates

    From page 17 of the Commencement Booklet: "All graduates, except those being commissioned in ROTC, are required to wear academic attire (Mortar boards and gowns). Men will wear dark suits, white shirts, dark ties, and black shoes. Women will wear black dresses or pants under their robes, black shoes, and no jewelry (exception: watches, rings, and small stud earrings).

  • Identification

    Please bring your Student Identification card and wear the appropriate academic attire.


  • Participating Faculty

    Faculty members should arrive to Spartan Suites Conference Room for line up by 8:30 a.m. Full academic regalia (robe, hood and cap) is required for those participating in the academic processional.

    Appropriate business attire should be worn under the robes. Athletic gear and/or casual wear are prohibited. Please allow extra time as all individuals participating in commencement will use the same entry and security check points.

Photographs & Videos

  • Commencement Photos & Videos

    Share your achievements with family and friends. Here are links to view or order graduation day photos or videos.

  • Photographs

    You may take photos from the bleacher sections only. Please do not block the aisles or passageways by attempting to greet or take photos with graduates. Please remain in your seats for the duration of the ceremony.

    No one other than those who have been issued a “Press Pass” will be allowed to take pictures on the track.

  • Professional Photography

    Professional photographs will be taken of each graduate as they walk the stage to shake the officiant's hand and receive their diploma cover. Proofs and purchase information will be mailed or emailed directly to each graduate at the address that is provided on the back of the name card. Name cards will be distributed at 7:00 a.m. on Commencement Day. Please visit to get more information regarding graduation photos. 


The following is a listing of hotels/motels in the vicinity of Norfolk State University. We suggest that you make reservations as early as possible to ensure that lodging will be available. This listing does not imply a recommendation.

  • Hotels/Motels in Vicinity of NSU

    Many establishments provide a discounted rate for visitors attending NSU Commencement, be sure to inquire with your reservation agent. Information on rates and directions should be secured by calling the numbers listed.

    Aloft Chesapeake: 145 Crossways Blvd, Chesapeake, VA.
    Phone: (757) 410-9562

    Norfolk Waterside Marriott: 235 E Main Street, Norfolk, VA.
    Phone: (757) 627-4200

    Wyndham Garden Downtown: 700 Monticello Avenue, Norfolk, VA.
    Phone: (757) 627-5555

    Hilton Norfolk The Main: 100 E. Main Street, Norfolk, VA.
    Phone: (757) 763-6200

    Courtyard Norfolk Downtown: 520 Plume Street, Norfolk, VA.
    Phone: (757) 963-6000

    Sheraton Norfolk Waterside: 777 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA.
    Phone: (757) 622-6664

    Hilton Airport Norfolk: 1500 North Military Highway, Norfolk, VA.
    Phone: (757) 466-8000

    Norfolk Marriott Chesapeake: 725 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake, VA.
    Phone: (757) 523-1500

    Crowne Plaza Virginia Beach Town Center: 4453 Bonney Road, Virginia Beach, VA.
    Phone: (877) 270-1393

    Holiday Inn Virginia Beach-Norfolk Hotel and Conference Center: 5655 Greenwich Road, Virginia

    CandleWood Suites Norfolk Airport: 5600 Lowery Road Norfolk, VA.
    Phone: (757) 605-4001 or (888) 226-3539

    This listing does not imply a recommendation.