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spring 2021 commencement

The Spring 2021 Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. Due to the ongoing pandemic, information regarding the Spring 2021 Commencement is subject to change and will be communicated with the graduates in the upcoming months. The University is working diligently to ensure the Commencement, whether in-person or virtual, is a wonderful experience for all graduates. 

Please be sure to frequently check your NSU email for updates. 

For more information, contact or (757) 823-2987.

Spring 2021 Commencement

  • Commencement Length

    The Commencement is approximately 2.5 hours.

  • Academic Attire and Regalia

    Academic attire (cap, gown, and accessories) will be available for purchase in the Bookstore starting March 17, 2021. The last day to purchase in-person at the Bookstore is Friday, May 14, 2021.

    Students who unable to make it to campus, can order online, The last day to order online is Friday, April 2, 2021. Orders placed after this date may incur additional fees.

    Graduation Announcements & Class Rings can be ordered online,

    Diploma Frames are available for purchase at the Bookstore or online,

    For more information, contact (757) 823-2037.


  • Graduation Fees

    The mandatory application fee is $30. The application fee is assessed each time an application is submitted. 

    All degree candidates who plan to participate in the Spring 2021 Commencement are required to pay the mandatory $130 Commencement fee.

    The payment deadline for the graduation application and Commencement fees is Friday, February 12, 2021. The payments should be paid directly to Student Accounts. 

    Students must be financially cleared in order to receive degree and/or transcripts.  This includes payment of the graduation fee, tuition and all other fees (Cashier’s Office, Student Services Center, 2nd floor, Room 209) as well as any outstanding parking (University Police Department) or library fines (Lyman B. Brooks Library Circulation/Reserve Department, 1st floor).

Photographs & Videos

  • Professional Photography

    Information regarding professional photography will be provided soon.