*This page has information regarding the May 10, 2019 graduation. If you are looking for information on the August 28, 2019 graduation you can find it here.*
APPLY TO GRADUATE DEADLINES
Attention all students eligible to participate in the May 10, 2019 ceremony:
If you have not already applied to graduate, you must apply
no later than March 29
If you are eligible to participate in the May 10, 2019 ceremony, you must submit your application to graduate no later than March 29, 2019 in order to:
- participate in the ceremony
- have your information noted in the printed ceremony program
- obtain access to guest tickets
The CPS Graduation Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 10, 2019, at Matthews Arena.
Admission to the ceremony is by ticket only; general seating applies. Doors open at 8:30 AM. Ceremony begins at 10 AM.
Parking and Transportation
Complimentary parking for the ceremony is available in the Columbus Garage (795 Columbus Avenue, Boston) and West Village Parking Garage (10 Leon Street, Boston). The garages are a considerable walk from Matthews Arena. If your guest has a mobility issue, it is advisable that you provide a wheelchair and/or drop off your guest at the Arena with an escort prior to parking. Parking is handled on a first come first served basis.
Guest Entry and Seating
Guests will be admitted by ticket only; general seating applies. Guests enter at the main entrance of Matthews Arena.
Individuals with mobility issues may use the elevator located inside the main entrance. Northeastern University and/or Arena staff will be available to assist you. Specific seating locations have been designated within Matthews Arena for wheelchair access only. Guests who use wheelchairs are to be accompanied by no more than one escort, and will be directed to these areas by facility personnel. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Graduates will be seated according to degree. It is recommended that graduates make arrangements with their guests to meet after the ceremony at a specified location away from the immediate vicinity of Matthews Arena. Your cooperation in doing so will help alleviate the congestion resulting from ceremony attendance and expected pedestrian and vehicle traffic within the immediate area.
For safety reasons, the following items are not permitted inside the Matthews Arena for the ceremony:
- Baby Strollers
- Outside food/beverages
- Backpacks or bags larger than 12"x12"x12". Women's handbags of acceptable size may be allowed entry after search
- Laser pointers or similar items
- Firearms or other weapons
- Artificial noisemakers
All guests and their belongings will be subject to search, at the discretion of Northeastern University. Patrons with prohibited articles will be turned away at the entrances. There is no storage or check-in area for such items. Enforcement will be without exception.
Out of consideration for others, we ask that mobile devices be turned off during the ceremony and that all guests remain seated until the end of the ceremony and after all the graduates have left the Arena.
We will communicate with each candidate via their NEU/Husky email account. If you do not receive an email from us a week prior to each conferral date, please contact your Career and Academic Coach. Deadlines and important dates can be found here for undergraduate candidates, or here for graduate candidates.
Graduating with honors is reserved for bachelor’s degree candidates who have completed a minimum of 60 credits of work at the College of Professional Studies and who have demonstrated distinctly superior academic achievement as evidenced by the following cumulative Quality Point Averages:
- Graduation with Honor (cum laude): 3.500 to 3.699
- Graduation with High Honor (magna cum laude): 3.700 to 3.849
- Graduation with Highest Honor (summa cum laude): 3.850 to 4.000
If you are graduating with honors, you will receive an honor cord when you are placed in line for the procession at Matthews Arena.
It is estimated at 1.5 to 2.0 hours.
Yes, you will be given opportunities to "capture the graduation moment" in your official NU academic regalia. A professional photographer, GradImages, will be available at the ceremony. Proofs, with information on ordering photos, will be mailed by the photographer to all degree candidates immediately following the ceremony. You may also contact GradImages directly with your questions.
According to the U.S. Department of State, letters of invitation are neither required nor useful in helping someone apply for a B class visitor visa to come to the United States. In accordance with this guidance, the OGS will no longer be able to issue letters of invitation on behalf of our students or alumni. While the OGS does not issue letters of invitation themselves, they do provide recommendations that may assist your friends or family in obtaining a visitor visa to the U.S.
Please visit the OGS on this matter for more information.
No. If you completed an Exit Interview in a prior term, but did not graduate, you will need to complete a new exit interview.
Yes, please note the following:
You must fulfill all financial obligations to the University prior to the release of your diploma. Your current balance, including any balance also owed on a payment plan must be paid in full. If this obligation is not fulfilled until after Graduation, you must contact the Commencement Office at 617.373.4098 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for the release of your diploma.
If you have received a Federal Stafford Loan (subsidized or unsubsidized) or Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loans, complete the exit interviews below:
For more information, contact Student Financial Services at 617.373.5899.
There will be closed captioning available on the screen for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
Yes. There is handicap seating throughout the arena. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.
College of Professional Studies
- Master of Science: gold-yellow
- Master of Professional Studies: gold-yellow
- Master of Education: light blue
- Master of Sports Leadership: gold-yellow
- Bachelor of Arts: white
- Bachelor of Science in Health Science: olive green
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing: apricot
- Bachelor of Science: gold-yellow
The Lowell Institute School
- Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology: orange
Due to the increasing number of graduates, two guest tickets will be provided per graduate. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Due to the consistent high attendance rate of both graduates and guests, the limit is set to accommodate all graduates fairly and to ensure that we do not exceed the venue capacity. If graduates are in need of additional tickets, the CPS Graduation Office suggests reaching out to classmates and friends who have additional tickets that will not be used. Please note that ticket allocation is based upon the number of students expected to participate in the ceremony, and capacity of the venue. We recognize that your graduation from the College of Professional Studies is a major milestone in your life. We wish that we could issue an unlimited number of tickets for your loved ones, but we must accommodate an equal number of guest tickets for all of our students.
Children under 2 years old, who will be held on an adult’s lap will not need a ticket to attend the ceremony.