Information for Graduation Candidates

Graduate at rehearsal The Registrar's Office will communicate with you about graduation and the commencement ceremony via postal mail that is sent to your local address two or three weeks prior to the end of the semester.

In this communication, you will receive information from the NMU records system for you to review for the printing of your diploma and final transcript. If you are participating in commencement, the mailing will also include your seat assignment.

Information Restrictions

The Family Rights and Privacy Act (federal law) stipulates that if you have a restriction on your name, address or other information, it can not be released by the University. As you graduate, restricted information can create potential problems for you. For example, if your name is restricted, we can not verify your graduation to prospective employers or notify your home newspaper of your graduation. In addition, you may not participate in commencement, or have your name published in the commencement program. Please come to the Registrar's Office, C.B. Hedgcock, Room 2202, to remove restrictions.

Mailing of Diplomas

Diplomas will be mailed approximately eight weeks after the commencement ceremony. For December graduates, there is a two week delay from other graduation periods due to the holidays.

Information For Students Participating in the Commencement Ceremony

Accommodation Requests

A limited number of seats have been reserved to accommodate those needing handicapped seating on a first come first served basis. If you have questions about disability related accommodations or services during commencement, please contact the Degree Evaluation Office at 227-2257 or e-mail Reasonable and effective accommodations and services will be provided to students if requests are made in a timely manner, with appropriate documentation, in accordance with federal, state and university guidelines.


Rehearsal will begin promptly at 2:15 pm in the Superior Dome on Friday, December 16.


The university provides free, well supervised, child care for children under 10 years of age during the commencement ceremony. Child care is located in the dance studio (Room 130 in the PEIF building).


The university has retained the services of a professional photographer from GradImages to take your picture as you shake the President’s hand. Instructions for ordering will be sent to your permanent home address (see information restrictions above) from the photographer with a “proof” print. If you have questions, please contact GradImages at 800-424-3686. You can visit their web site at and click on pre-event e-mail registration. Enter your e-mail and up to six other e-mails to have your photo samples quickly and conveniently provided to you and any others who you registered. Get $5 off on orders of $25 or more just by registering your information with GradImages prior to the ceremony. After the commencement ceremony, order online at the web site or call 800-261-2576.


A DVD of the entire commencement ceremony may be ordered from Northern Michigan University, WNMU-TV, 25 Learning Resources Center, 1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855. Additional information on ordering a recording will be mailed to your local address. If you have questions regarding the DVD, call 906-227-1300 or toll free 800-227-WNMU.

Video Streaming

Family and friends from outside the TV 13 viewing area can see you walk across the stage via video streaming on their home computer provided for free by B2 Networks. B2 Networks provides streaming video for pro, Olympic, and collegiate sporting events from around the country, including Wildcat Athletics. TV 13 provides the feed to B2. To learn more about this viewing option or to link to the broadcast, go to

Commencement Report Time

You must report to the Vandament Arena (Room 160 in the PEIF building), Saturday, December 17, at 9:30 am to line up for the processional. The march to the Superior Dome is at 10:15 am. Please inform your guests that the Superior Dome will open at 9:30 am and commencement begins at 10:30 am. Guest seating is not limited and is open to the general public. No tickets are necessary.


New Cap and Gown Ordering Information

All undergraduates are required to wear the green NMU cap and gown during commencement. All graduate students are required to wear the black Master’s cap, gown and hood.

New cap and gowns have been selected to be worn beginning December 2011 Commencement Ceremony. The new cap and gowns are dark green for undergraduates and black for graduate students.

NOTE: The old cap and gowns (shiny bright green or shiny black) cannot be worn.


Cap and Gown Order Deadline

The deadline for ordering your cap and gown at the NMU Bookstore is October 14 to receive a $5 discount and to ensure that you will receive your cap and gown on time. After the deadline regular prices go into effect.

Cap and Gown Fees

Bachelor, associate degree, certificate and diploma graduates must order a cap, gown and tassel.

  • Cap and Gown and Tassel: $35

Masters and educational specialist graduates must order a cap, gown, hood and tassel.

  • Cap, Gown, Hood and Tassel: $69.50

Graduates who qualify for academic honors may purchase an honor cord when they pick up their cap, gown and tassel.

  • Honor Cord: $6
  • Additional tassels can be purchased for $5

Get the Right Size and Fit!

When ordering, you will need to give the NMU Bookstore the following information:

  • The degree you are receiving
  • Your cap size
  • Your height
  • Your weight

For your best fit, go directly to the textbook service window at the NMU Bookstore to be measured.

If you are not on campus during the bookstore’s business hours (8 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday and 10 am - 1 pm Saturday), you may order your cap and gown in the following ways:

  • Phone: 906-227-1129 or toll free at 888-458-8668
  • E-mail:
  • Fax: 906-227-1344

Cap and Gown Pickup

Cap, gown and honor cords may be picked up at the NMU Bookstore's textbook office, Monday - Friday 8 am to 5 pm, during finals week, December 12 – 16.