Due to the recent mandates related to gatherings, the spring Commencement ceremonies will not be held in person as initially planned. More details will be communicated as they are confirmed.

Northeastern University is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak; updated messages are available on the dedicated COVID 19 website. The university’s official news source, News@Northeastern, is updated constantly and available through all major social media channels. We will inform all concerned of any change in plans related to our scheduled ceremonies.

As soon as more information becomes available, it will be posted here. Information will also be available on the university commencement website.

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March 20, 2020

Dear Members of the Class of 2020,

Over the past few days, many of you have reached out to share your thoughts on how we can join together to celebrate your individual and collective achievements at a time when our traditional spring ceremonies are no longer possible. We want you to know we have heard you. We understand how much this moment matters to you and your families, as the culmination of years of hard work and high achievement.

Based on your feedback, we are working hard to find alternate dates and venues for in-person celebrations with you and your loved ones. We will develop plans based on your input and the evolving global situation. Please know that we are committed to hosting celebrations at all of our global campus locations at a future date, including Boston, Charlotte, London, Seattle, San Francisco, San Jose, Toronto and Vancouver. We also plan to find opportunities to celebrate in New York, Philadelphia, Austin, San Diego, Dubai, Hong Kong, and other locations as travel opens up.

We, too, are deeply disappointed that we are unable to hold our in-person events this spring. We are buoyed by your responses, that you would be willing to rejoin us at a later date. In the meantime, you will, of course, receive your diplomas by mail this year. You will also receive a special mailing with commemorative items. Please be sure to hold on to those; you’ll want them for the festive events to come.

Times of unprecedented challenge have a way of bringing out the best in the Northeastern community. This has never been more true. We are looking to you to bring us your best ideas for making these celebrations memorable and meaningful for you and your families. 

Share your commencement 2020 suggestions here>>

As always, we are immensely proud of you. We continue to be here to support you and celebrate you. We are one Northeastern.


James C. Bean
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Seven Steps to Graduation 2020

1. Determine Your Eligibility—Which Ceremony Should You Attend?

To determine your graduation ceremony date and degree conferral*, please use the appropriate link below to review the graduation deadlines in which students must complete all requirements 

UNDERGRAD CERTIFICATE CANDIDATES – Please click here for information.

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE CANDIDATES – Please click here for information.

ASSOCIATE AND BACHELOR'S DEGREE CANDIDATES, (May 8, 2020, ceremony), please click here for dates. 

MASTER'S DEGREE CANDIDATES (May 8, 2020, or September 2, 2020, ceremony), please click here for dates.

DOCTORAL DEGREE CANDIDATES (May 7, 2020, ceremony), please click here for dates.

Only qualified graduates are eligible to attend a graduation ceremony.

Please see your Academic Advisor and see dates for the appropriate ceremony.

2. Review Your Curriculum Information and declare your Expected Graduation Date (EGD) 

Begin the graduation process by reviewing your current program information (degree and major).

  • Log in to myNortheastern
  • Click on the red Self-Service tab on the top 
  • Click Student Self-Service
  • Click Student Records
  • Click View Student Information 
  • Choose your term
  • Click submit 
  • Review your information about degree, major, and Expected Graduation Date (EGD); please click here

MASTER'S DEGREE CANDIDATES, pleases click here for dates.

DOCTORAL DEGREE CANDIDATES, please click here for dates.

Submitting the request to declare your EGD does not constitute applying to graduate.

3. Apply to Graduate

Upon verifying the accuracy of your Student Information and confirming your EGD is correctly declared, the next step is to Apply to Graduate via myNortheastern.

How to Apply to Graduate: 

  1. Under the Self-Service tab in your myNortheastern, you will find the Commencement box located at the bottom left corner of the screen.
  2. Choose the Apply to Graduate option and complete the questionnaire.

Only degree candidates who complete a Graduation Application will have their academic records audited to determine degree completion for conferral and graduation.

Only degree candidates who attend the graduation ceremony will receive regalia (cap and gown). If you do not apply to graduate by the above deadlines and plan on attending the graduation ceremony, you will be given appropriate regalia if available.

4. Complete an Exit Interview

If you have received a Federal Stafford Loan (subsidized or unsubsidized) or Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loans, complete the exit interviews below. Otherwise, proceed to Step 5.

Bachelor's Completion -

Graduate -

For more information, contact Student Financial Services at 617-373-5899.

5. Regalia and Ticket Information 


If you plan on attending the graduation ceremony, academic regalia (cap -mortarboard, tassel, gown, and hood if applicable) are provided at no cost to you and may be kept as a memento of the occasion.

Regalia pickup days for the spring ceremony will take place on May 2, 2020, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. and May 4, 2020, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. at Matthews Arena, 238-262 St. Botolph Street, Boston, MA. Students unable to attend regalia pickup days will be able to retrieve their regalia the morning of the ceremony.

A photographer will be on-site to take your graduation portrait during this distribution period.

Regalia cannot be mailed.

Number of tickets per candidate

Tickets can be retrieved online through the Central Ticket Center in your myNEU account. Each candidate can claim two tickets for the ceremony. These tickets allow entrance into the guest seating area of Matthews Arena. Additional tickets may be available two days prior to the ceremony on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Tickets are not yet available, but will be up at a later date in April.

Steps to retrieve guest tickets

  1. Login in to your myNEU Northeastern Portal
  2. Go to Services & Links and search for myTickets
  3. On the left hand column, click the category Graduation Events
  4. Choose: 2020 CPS Graduation Guest Tickets
  5. Choose the number of guest ticket(s) you need
  6. Once you complete your order, you will receive an email with your tickets attached. You may either print them or save them to your phone to be scanned digitally.
6. Obtain the Diploma

Providing all academic and financial obligations are met, graduates who apply by the deadline will receive their diplomas in the mail at the address provided on their graduation application, according to the following schedule. Additional time may apply for international mail.


MASTER'S DEGREE CANDIDATES, please click here for dates.

DOCTORAL DEGREE CANDIDATES, please click here for dates.

Diplomas will NOT be distributed during the ceremony on May 8, 2020.

7. Attend the Graduation

For doctoral students who would like more information regarding the May 8, 2020, ceremony, please see the Doctoral Hooding FAQ.

For students who would like more information regarding the September 2, 2020, ceremony, please see the Summer Graduation FAQ.