Location and Timing
The College of Professional Studies Bachelor’s and Master’s Graduation Ceremony was held on Friday, May 20, 2022 from 10:00 A.M. ET to 12:00 P.M. ET at Matthews Arena, 238-262 St. Botolph Street, Boston, MA 02115.
The livestream of the graduation ceremony has ended. Watch the recording here.
Graduation Ceremony photos by Heratch Ekmekijan
Pre-Graduation Celebration photos by Denise Reid
May 2022 FAQs
Eligibility for May 2022 Graduation Ceremony
2022 Degree conferral dates
Bachelor’s Completion degrees:
- December 2021
- May 2022
- September 2022
- December 2021
- April 2022
- July 2022
- September 2022
Will the ceremonies be COVID-19 safe?
Yes. As with every aspect of our campus reopening and throughout our academic year, our utmost priority is the health and safety of our community—including the family and friends participating in person. For example, seating will be spaced to comply with Massachusetts state guidelines.
All attendees must follow the most up-to-date Massachusetts COVID-19 travel orders here.
Visitors must remain away from campus if they feel sick, have tested positive, or believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19. All visitors will be required to adhere to Northeastern face-covering requirements and practice six-feet physical distancing where possible, if unvaccinated. All visitors must comply with federal, state, and local guidelines and/or regulations.
Are there COVID-19 testing requirements for attending graduates? What about their guests?
Northeastern University Celebrations and Ceremonies: At this time there are no testing requirements for graduates or their guests, please read more about these guidelines here.
Arrival Time for Graduates
Check in for graduates will take place at 8:30 a.m. (subject to change) on the 1st floor of the Gainsborough garage located directly across from the Matthews Arena parking lot. Failure to check in may result in your exclusion from the ceremony. It is very important that candidates do not arrive after 9:30 a.m as the student procession into the arena will have already begun.
Arrival Time for Guests
Doors open for guests at 9:00 a.m.
How do I receive my regalia/ cap and gown?
Cap and gown will only be provided to students attending the graduation ceremony.
Deadline to order a cap and gown to receive in time for the May 20 ceremony: Monday, April 18th.
Academic dress can be ordered through our vendor’s website directly. You must order your cap and gown through this website as there will be no in person pick up of these items.
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.
Graduates will be responsible for the cost of shipping to their location. Domestic shipping is $15.95 and international shipping is $60.
It is important that you allow at least three weeks for processing and shipment (extra time if international).
Guest Information: Where should guests park and sit?
The 2022 CPS Graduation Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 20, 2022, at Matthews Arena.
Admission to the ceremony is by ticket only; general seating applies. Ceremony begins at 10:00 A.M EDT. (Subject to change)
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 highly 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
- Wrapped gifts
- 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.
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 Northeastern 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.
How long is the graduation ceremony?
It is estimated at 2 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 am graduating with honors. How will this be recognized?
Honors designations are recognized for undergraduate degrees only.
The designation also appears on eligible students’ diplomas and the digital graduation program based on information available as of April 1. Honors cords will also be provided for eligible students to wear during the ceremony and can be picked up the morning of the ceremony in the student line up area.
I am graduating from a Northeastern network campus. Can I attend the in-person Commencement in Boston?
Yes! Class of 2022 students from across our global university system are welcome to take part. If you are not able to travel to Boston, the livestream will be available.
Each network campus will host graduation ceremonies. Click here to view the list of scheduled dates for each location.
More network campus ceremony information will be made available by March 2022.
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:
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 Office of the Registrar 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.
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.
I am a student with a documented disability and will need accommodations at the Ceremony. What do I do to make these arrangements?
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?
Each graduate is invited to bring 2 guests to the CPS Graduation ceremony.
We unfortunately cannot offer any extra tickets due to an unprecedented number of CPS students who are graduating this year. We do not have a waitlist.
Can I give my tickets away to my friend?
Yes, you may absolutely share your tickets with a friend. But you will need to claim all your tickets in MarchingOrder and either email the ticket directly to your friend prior to the ceremony or hand the physical copy of the ticket to your friend.
Admission to the ceremony is by ticket only; general seating applies.
Children 2 years or younger who are able to sit on an adult’s lap for the duration of the ceremony do not need a ticket. Please note that strollers are prohibited. Children older than 2 years must have a ticket.
All tickets can be claimed through your Marching Order account.
Contact [email protected] with any questions or assistance regarding tickets.
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 tickets be mailed to me?
Tickets will be available electronically only through your graduate Marching Order account.
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.