Summer Graduation: September 2, 2020


Attention all students eligible to participate in the September 2, 2020, ceremony:

If you have not already applied to graduate, you must apply

no later than TBD

If you are eligible to participate in the September 2, 2020, ceremony, you must submit  your application to graduate no later than TBD in order to:

  • participate in the ceremony
  • have your information noted in the printed ceremony program
  • obtain access to guest tickets
Why is there a ceremony in September? Who should attend?

As you may know from friends who have already received their degrees, more and more students are graduating from the College of Professional Studies every year. Due to this unprecedented increase in the number of graduates from the College of Professional Studies, the College has added another ceremony to accommodate many more students. The added ceremony will allow your family and friends to celebrate with you.

Master’s degree candidates completing degree requirements in Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 will be eligible to attend the September 2020 ceremony. The September 2020 ceremony is for master’s students only. Bachelor’s and doctoral candidates will not be participating in the September 2020 ceremony. Master’s students completing degree requirements in Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 will be eligible to attend the May 2020 ceremony. Please see your academic advisor and see below for dates for the appropriate ceremony:

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

Guest Information. Where should guests park and sit?

The CPS Graduation Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at Matthews Arena.

Admission to the ceremony is by ticket only; general seating applies. Doors open at 9 a.m. Ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m.

Parking and Transportation 
Complimentary parking for the ceremony is available in Columbus Parking Garage. The garage is 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.

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.

Facility Protocol 
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
  • Alcohol

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.

I have completed my graduation application. When should I hear from the College about my graduation status?

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 graduate candidates.

How long is the graduation ceremony?

It is estimated at 1.5 to 2.0 hours.

Will I be able to purchase graduation photos?

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.   

What do I do if I need an invitation letter from the University so that my family outside the U.S. may join me at my graduation ceremony?

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.

I have completed an exit interview for financial aid but now my date of graduation has changed. Will it still be valid?

No. If you completed an Exit Interview in a prior term, but did not graduate, you will need to complete a new exit interview.

Are there other important obligations I should be aware of before Graduation?

Yes, please note the following:

Financial Obligations 
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, for the release of your diploma.

Loan Obligations 
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.

Will there be a transcription of the audio portion of the ceremony?

There will be closed captioning available on the screen for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Is the ceremony handicap accessible?

Yes. There is handicap seating throughout the arena. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.

What's my tassel color?

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
How many guest tickets will I receive this year?

All graduates will receive 2 guest tickets. If additional tickets are available two days prior to the ceremony, each graduate will be allowed 1-2 additional tickets ONLY, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Will invitations be included with the guest tickets?

No. You can purchase graduation announcements through CB Grad. 

Do children need tickets to attend the ceremony?

Children under 2 years old, who will be held on an adult’s lap will not need a ticket to attend the ceremony.

Will I receive a transcript with my diploma?

You will not receive a transcript with your diploma. Official transcripts can be requested two weeks after the degree conferral by following directions listed HERE.

Can my regalia and tickets be mailed to me?

Regalia cannot be mailed to you. Tickets will be available electronically. Regalia and ticket information can be reviewed on this page

Where can I stay while visiting the Boston area?

Northeastern is located within walking distance or a short drive from more than a dozen hotels in the greater Boston area. Here is a list of hotels ordered by proximity to the Northeastern campus.

Where can I pick up my regalia?

If you plan on attending the summer 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 will take place on the following dates: August 22, 2020, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., and August 24, 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.

If you have questions about the CPS Graduation or Doctoral Hooding ceremonies, please contact or phone 1-833-NU-LEARN (1-833-685-3276).