Students who have submitted a late graduation request can expect to hear from our Graduation Team the week of April 23rd regarding their participation in the graduation ceremony.

The Graduation Ceremony will be held in Spring 2018 on May 11th at 10:00 a.m., at Matthews Arena on the Northeastern University campus. Only qualified graduates are eligible to attend the graduation ceremony.


Seven Steps to Graduation 2018

1. Determine Your Eligibility

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


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

DOCTORAL DEGREE CANDIDATES, please click here for dates.

*Degree conferral refers to the official completion of a student's degree, as recognized by the University.

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) 


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.

Pick-up location: Matthews Arena Lobby, 238-262 St. Botolph St., Boston, MA 02115

Graduates may pick up regalia during the following time periods:

  • Saturday, May 05, 2018
    12:00 noon–3:00 p.m. – CPS Regalia Pick Up
  • Monday, May 07, 2018
    11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. – CPS Regalia Pick Up
  • Tuesday, May 08, 2018
    11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. – CPS Regalia Pick Up

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

Regalia cannot be mailed.

Number of tickets per candidate

Each candidate is allotted two guest tickets for the graduation ceremony. These tickets allow entrance into the guest seating area of Matthews Arena.

Students will be notified when the ticket period is open.

Steps to retrieve tickets: 

  1. Login to your myNortheastern portal 
  2. Go to Services & Links and search for myTickets
  3. On the left hand column, click the category CPS Commencement
  4. Choose: Commencement 2018: CPS Ceremony 
  5. Choose the number of guest ticket(s) you need (up to 2 tickets may be selected) 
  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. 

The unique bar code on the tickets allows one entry to the event; tickets are non-transferrable. Tickets will be scanned at the entrance for validation. Any copies of tickets will be denied entry.

Please be cautious if someone offers to sell you this document - it has no official resale value and may be an unauthorized copy. It is advisable that you and your guests review the Guest Information and Facility Protocol. 

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.

Graduation Date:  Diploma will be mailed by: 
December 16, 2017 February 2, 2018
March 31, 2018 June 8, 2018
May 4, 2018 June 8, 2018
June 30, 2018 July 27, 2018
September 1, 2018 October 5, 2018

Diplomas will not be distributed during the ceremony on May 11, 2018.

7. Attend the Graduation

The Graduation Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018, at Matthews Arena on the Northeastern University campus at 10:00 a.m. Only qualified graduates are eligible to attend the graduation ceremony. 

Important Note for Graduates: Undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree candidates must report to Matthews Arena on Friday, May 11, 2018, and arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. to check in, get robed, and be lined up for the procession.

Important Note for Guests: Guests will only be admitted to the Graduation Ceremony with official guest tickets on a first-come, first-served basis.

Security Notice

  1. Guests will only be admitted to the Graduation ceremony with official guest tickets
  2. There is no re-entry if you depart Matthews Arena before or during the ceremony
  3. Facility/Safety Protocol 

For safety reasons, the following items are prohibited (no exceptions) inside Matthews Arena for the ceremony: 

  • Baby Strollers
  • Outside food/beverages
  • Backpacks or bags larger than 12" x 12" x 12". Women's handbags of acceptable size may be allowed entry after search
  • Laser pointers and similar items
  • Firearms or other weapons
  • Artificial noisemakers
  • Alcohol 

Additional policies - No exceptions: 

  • No storage/check area is available for prohibited items 
  • Patrons may refuse to have their bag searched but WILL NOT be permitted entry with the bag
  • Confiscated items will be discarded