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2021 Graduate Information

Fall 2021 Commencement

Commencement Booklet
The Commencement Booklet contains detailed information about the Fall 2021 Commencement. It is highly recommended that all graduating students review the booklet. 

Commencement Checklist
Please review the Commencement Checklist for information regarding graduation deadlines and fees. 

Commencement 101 Webinar
The Commencement 101 Webinar outlines detailed information about the Fall 2021 Commencement. This video will be released soon.

Frequently Asked Questions
Please review the frequently asked questions document to answer pertinent Commencement related questions. If you are a graduate, guest, or have questions regarding COVID Guidelines the answers can be found here. 

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

Fall 2021 Commencement

  • Commencement Length

    The Fall 2021 commencement should last approximately 2 hours. The ceremony may be longer due to the adherence of COVID Guidelines.

  • Academic Attire and Regalia

    Academic attire (cap, gown, and accessories) will be available for purchase in the Bookstore starting September 12, 2021. The last day to purchase in-person at the Bookstore is Friday, December 10, 2021.

    Students who are unable to make it to campus, can order online, The last day to order online is Friday, November 5, 2021. Orders placed after this date may incur additional fees.

    Graduation Announcements & Class Rings can be ordered online,

    Diploma Frames are available for purchase in 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.

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

    Students must be financially cleared in order to receive their 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).

  • Commencement Arrival Time

    Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall will open at 7:30 a.m. to the general public. The ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. for the December 2021 Graduates.

    All guests are required to have a ticket to gain entry into Echols Hall. Any child over the age of two years old is required to have a ticket. 

    Guest should allow time sufficient time for entry into Echols Hall as all guests must enter through security check points.

  • Parking

    Parking will be available for the commencement ceremony throughout the campus except for Lot 8, which surrounds Echols Hall. Shuttle services will begin starting at 7 a.m. to transport guests to Echols Hall.


    *Please note that there could be an extensive amount of walking from the parking lots to Echols Hall, depending on your parking location. Please plan accordingly.

Commencement Attendees

  • General Public

    The 107th Commencement will be held in Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. for December 2021 Graduates. Plan to arrive at least an hour prior to the posted ceremony start time, as all guests will be required to go through the same security checkpoint. Social distancing will be enforced. 

    Tickets are required to gain entry into Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall. 

    Each graduate will be given tickets for Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall at the commencement rehearsal. Distribution of tickets is solely the responsibility of the graduate. Extra tickets will not be available. 

  • Lost or Stolen Items

    NSU is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Graduates are encouraged to leave personal items, (i.e. purses 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. Ceremony tickets will be distributed at Commencement Rehearsal.

  • Commencement Ticket Information

    The 107th Commencement Ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 11 in Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall on the campus. Each graduate will receive six (6) tickets for the ceremony at the commencement rehearsal that will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday, December 10 in Echols Hall. Distribution of commencement tickets in the sole responsibility of the graduate. Extra tickets are not available.

  • Ticket Pick Up

    Each graduate will receive his/her tickets at Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall at the commencement rehearsal. Distribution of tickets is solely the responsibility of the graduate. Extra tickets will not be available.

    Commencement tickets will be distributed at the commencement rehearsal that will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday, December 10, 2021 in Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall.

  • Extra Additional Tickets

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


Graduate Information

  • Identification

    Graduates are required bring their photo ID to retrieve their tickets. 


  • Participating Faculty

    Participating faculty should arrive to the Spartans Suites Conference Room no later than 8:15 a.m. for faculty line up.

    Full academic regalia (robe, hood, and cap) is required. To purchase academic regalia, please contact the University Bookstore at (757) 823-2037. All faculty members must be robed and ready to line up no later than 8:45 a.m. for the ceremony. 

    For questions, please contact the Office of the Provost. 

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

    Guests 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 from Echols main floor.

  • Professional Photography

    GradImages is the official Commencement photographer. Students will receive an email with their photos, which can be purchased at The photographer will capture a photo of the graduate as he/she crosses the stage and receives his/her diploma. Proofs and purchase information will be mailed or emailed directly to each graduate.


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

  • Hotels in Vicinity of NSU

    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.