Communicating with Graduates

Graduate at rehearsal The Registrar's Office will communicate with you about graduation and the commencement ceremony via e-mail that is sent to your nmu e-mail address about 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 e-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.

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, prior to ceremony.


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 WNMU-TV 13 viewing area can see you walk across the stage via video streaming on their home computer provided for free. 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 at 9:15 am to line up for the processional. The march to the Superior Dome is a little after 10:00 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 2016 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 

The NMU Bookstore will hold a Graduation Fair where caps, gowns and tassels will be available for purchase.  Cap, gown and tassel can be purchased from the Bookstore up until Commencement morning, but sizes are limited.  Please see for more information.

If you live outside of Marquette and are unable to get to the Bookstore, cap, gown and tassel can be ordered online and delivered to the students address for an additional charge at