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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.

  • Personalized Information for Virtual Graduation

    Graduates are requested to submit the phonetic spelling and pronunciation of their name to MarchingOrder no later than Thursday, November 12.

    Graduates are requested to upload their personalized message, clips, and headshots to MarchingOrder on or before Wednesday, November 25. 

    Submissions will not be accepted after this date. If graduates do not submit their information, the student is opting out of particpating in the Virtual Graduation; only the graduates name will appear during the ceremony.

    Graduates should check their email for detailed information from MarchingOrder and the Office of University Events ( 

  • 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

    GradImages will conduct an on-campus professional portrait session on Monday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 24 in the Student Center, Room 138ABC. Interested graduates should schedule an appointment through the GradImages Scheduling System. Please check your email for additional information. 

    Students can wear professional attire and/or their official academic regalia (academic honor cords, stoles, sashes and/or medallions are permitted) in the photo. 

    Proofs and purchase information will be emailed directly to each graduate at the email address that is provided. 

    Students should arrive 5-10 minutes prior to their scheduled appointments. Temperature checks will be conducted and social distancing will be enforced. Students are required to wear a mask, no exceptions.