Graduation vs. Commencement
Commencement is the ceremony that celebrates the completion of a degree. There are two commencement ceremonies, one after each of the fall and spring semester. August graduates can participate in May Commencement if completing requirements during the summer.
Graduation is the awarding of the degree, after completion of all degree requirements, as recorded on the official transcript. Degrees are awarded three times a year, May, August and December.
Participation in the commencement ceremony does not imply that you have officially graduated.
You must register for graduation whether you want to participate in the commencement ceremony or not.
To register for graduation, add the graduation course when adding your final semester classes no later than the fourth calendar day of the semester. There are unique registration codes for those who wish to participate in the commencement ceremony and for those who do not (Section 01-Walking or Section 02-No Ceremony).
On-line registration for graduation closes on the first Thursday of the semester. If you decide later in the semester that you want to graduate that semester, you must complete a Request to Add Graduation form. If you did not receive a final degree evaluation and plan to graduate, contact the Degree Evaluations Office.
Graduation Fee: All students will be assessed a non-refundable $40 graduation processing charge for each degree awarded.
Information for ALL degree candidates participating in the commencement ceremony.
- Saturday after final exam week for both the fall and spring semesters
- 10:30 a.m.
- Superior Dome
- Commencement ceremony will last about 2 hours
You must purchase commencement regalia from the NMU Bookstore.
Directory Information Restrictions
If you have restricted information such as your name, you cannot participate in the ceremony and your name will not be printed in the commencement program. You must contact Records in the Registrar's office, 2202 Hedgcock, in order to make your information available for the commencement ceremony.