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2021 Graduate Information

spring 2021 commencement

Commencement Booklet
The Commencement Booklet contains detailed information about the Spring 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 Spring 2021 Commencement. This information can also be found in the Commencement Booklet. 

Commencement Participation Survey
The May 2021 Graduates are required to complete the Commencement Participation Survey to confirm their participation in the ceremony on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 9 a.m. Only graduates who are conferred and complete the survey will be able to participate in the ceremony. 

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 both the COVID-19 guidelines, the answers can be found here. 

Message from the Senior Class President
Please view this message from the Senior Class President for pertinent details about the Commencement. 

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

Spring 2021 Commencement

  • Commencement Length

    The Spring 2021 Commencement for the May 2021 Graduates will last 2 hours. The ceremony could be longer due to the adherence of the COVID-19 Guidelines. 

  • Personalized Information for Graduation

    May 2021 Graduates are requested to upload their personalized message and headshot on or before Wednesday, April 21 to the Full Measure portal. May 2021 Graduates have received a text message and/or email to access the Full Measure portal. 

    Submissions will not be accepted after this date. If graduates do not submit their information, only their name and degree will appear on the jumotron during the ceremony. 

    Graduates should check their email for detailed information from 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 are 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 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, April 16, 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

    William "Dick" Price Stadium will open at 7:30 a.m. to the general public. The ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. for the May 2021 Gradautes.

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

    Guest should allow time sufficient time for entry into the stadium as all guest must enter through security check points.

  • Parking

    Parking will be available throughout the campus. Lot 6 and 8 are designated for handicap parking on a first come, first serve basis. Parking Services will be on-site to direct traffic accordingly.

    *Please note, there is not a drop-off location for students or guests. Shuttles will be available with limited seating capacity, which may cause longer than normal wait times. There could be an extensive amount of walking from the parking lot to the stadium, depending upon where you park on campus. Please plan accordingly. 

Commencement Attendees

  • General Public

    The 106th Commencement will be held in the William “Dick” Price Stadium on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. for May 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 the William "Dick" Price Stadium. 

    Each graduate will be given four (4) tickets for the William "Dick" Price Stadium at the commencement rehearsal. Distribution of tickets is solely the responsibility of the graduate. Extra tickets Will Not be available. 

    The ceremonies will be held outdoors, rain or shine. 

  • 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

    106th Commencement will be held in the William “Dick” Price Stadium on campus.

    In order to remain in compliance with the updated restrictions set forth by Governor Northam, we are limiting crowd sizes while giving each graduate the chance to walk and celebrate with their families. Each graduate will receive four (4) tickets for the William "Dick" Price Stadium at the commencement rehearsal. Distribution of tickets is solely the responsibility of the graduate. Extra tickets will not be available.

    The Commencement will be held outdoors, rain or shine.


























































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































  • Ticket Pick up

    Each graduate will receive four (4) tickets at the William "Dick" Price Stadium at the commencement rehearsal. Distribution of tickets is solely the responsibility of the graduate. Extra tickets will not be available.

    We are abiding by the new restrictions set forth by Govenor Northam by limiting crowd sizes while giving each graduate the chance to walk and celebration with their families. 

    Tickets will be distributed at the Commencement Rehearsal. The rehearsal will be held on Friday, May 14, 2021 in Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall for the May 2021 Graduates. Due to the ongoing pandemic the rehearsal will be split by school/college. Please adhere to the below rehearsal schedule:

    9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
    School of Graduate Studies & Research and College of Liberal Arts

    11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    College of Science, Engineering, and Technology, School of Business, School of Education, and School of Social Work




















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































  • 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 Gill Gym no later than 8:15 a.m. for the morning ceremon and 2:15 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony for check-in.

    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 morning ceremony and 2:45 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony. 

    For questions, please contact the Office of the Provost. 

Photographs & 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 the field or track.

  • 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.

  • Hotels in Vicinity of NSU

    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.

    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.