Graduate student in gown and mortarboard hat looks towards camera and smiles among other graduates at the 2022 May CPS Graduation Ceremony. Photo by Heratch Ekmekijan

Live Streams

Ceremony Program

Global Network Campuses

For CPS students graduating from any of our Global Network Campuses:

Each campus in our global system will be hosting its own ceremony for graduates from that campus. We strongly advise attending the graduation ceremony held at your primary campus.

Please click here to view dates and locations.

A separate registration will be emailed from your specific campus regarding all ceremony information.

The dates and locations below are for graduates completing their degree requirements from the Boston campus.

So that all may experience the meaning and enjoyment of this important occasion, we kindly request that all graduates and guests remain for the duration of the ceremony.

You don’t want to miss our musical finale featuring Northeastern’s premier two-time international championship winning a cappella group, The Nor’easters and members of dance troupes from across the university!

Master of Science degree candidates
Matthews Arena, Boston, MA

8:15 a.m. – Student check-in report time
9:00 a.m. – Doors to Matthews Arena open for guests.
9:30 a.m. – Student processional begins.
10:00 a.m. – Ceremony begins.
12:15 p.m. – Ceremony ends, reception at the Cabot Cage Husky Hospitality Hub

Bachelor’s Completion, Master of Professional Studies, Master of Art, Master of Education, Master of Art in Teaching, and Master of Sports Leadership degree candidates
Matthews Arena, Boston, MA

1:15 p.m. – Student check-in report time
2:00 p.m. – Doors to Matthews Arena open for guests.
2:30 p.m. – Student processional begins.
3:00 p.m. – Ceremony begins.
5:00 p.m. – Ceremony ends, reception at the Cabot Cage Husky Hospitality Hub

**Note: There are two ceremonies held on Wed May 8th. Graduates will be invited and eligible to attend only the ceremony time for the degree they are graduating with as it will only be conferred at that ceremony time.

Matthews Arena, Boston, MA

8:45 a.m. – Student check-in report time
9:30 a.m. – Doors to Matthews Arena open for guests.
10:15 a.m. – Student processional begins.
10:30 a.m. – Ceremony begins.
12:00 p.m. – Ceremony ends, reception at the Cabot Cage Husky Hospitality Hub

Please Note: The Traffic in Boston is unpredictable so please plan accordingly.

Eligibility: Doctoral degree candidates from our Doctor of Education, Doctor of Law and Policy, and Doctor of Physical Therapy programs

The “apply to graduate” application is open! Regardless if you plan on participating in a ceremony or not, all eligible 2023–24 degree candidates must submit their application to graduate by the deadlines. For more details, please review information about your graduation application here.

More details are coming soon! Keep an eye on your Northeastern email and check back for updates in the new year, where you will find more information regarding when to register for your ceremony and secure your regalia.

We look forward to celebrating with our graduates!


Matthews Arena Information

238-262 Street 
Boston, MA 02115 

Reminder: Guests will need a ticket to enter the Ceremony.  Graduates will receive their Marching Order card after showing picture I.D. at the check-in booth at the corner of the Gainsborough Garage (Gainsborough & St. Botolph St.) and are allowed to bring their small flags that were selected and provided by university.

Directions 

Driving directions, MBTA routes, and instructions on other forms of transportation can be found on the Matthews Arena website here.  

Parking 

Complimentary parking will be available in the Columbus Parking Garage on Northeastern Campus, first-come first-served.  

Click here to download or print the Columbus Garage parking pass. 

Additional parking is available on Northeastern Campus at Renaissance Park Garage; click here to view parking rates. 

Hotels 

There are many accommodation options located in the greater Boston area. We encourage you to plan your trip in advance and find an option that is best suitable for you. You can visit the Meet Boston page for the best hotel recommendations and guides for things to do while you are in the city. 

Securityand Prohibited Items 

In recognition of our commitment to sustainability, signs, banners, balloons, flowers, and full-sized flags are prohibited

Additional Prohibited Items

Mobile Lockers

If you arrive at venue with a prohibited item such as a backpack, luggage, or stroller, then a mobile locker will be available to rent for $10 by Cullinane Hall, 288 St Botolph St, Boston, MA 02115.

Live Stream

Live Stream of the event will be viewable here.

View Past Ceremonies

May 2023 Bachelor’s and Master’s Ceremony

The College of Professional Studies Bachelor’s and Master’s Graduation Ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. ET to 12:00 p.m. ET at Matthews Arena, 238-262 St. Botolph Street, Boston, MA 02115.

May 2023 Doctoral Hooding and Graduation Ceremony

The CPS Doctoral Hooding Ceremony was held on Thursday, May 11, 2023, at Matthews Arena in Boston, MA.

May 2022 Bachelor’s and Master’s Ceremony

The CPS Bachelor’s and Master’s Graduation Ceremony was held on Friday, May 20, 2022, at Matthews Arena in Boston, MA.

May 2022 Doctoral Hooding and Graduation Ceremony

The CPS Doctoral Hooding Ceremony was held on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at Matthews Arena in Boston, MA.

2022 Graduation and Doctoral Hooding Ceremony photos by Heratch Ekmekijan
2022 Pre-Graduation Celebration photos by Denise Reid

May 2021 Ceremony

The celebration at Fenway Park included messages from Interim Dean Mary Ludden and more.

September 2021 Ceremonies

November 2021 Ceremony

May 2020 Virtual Celebrations

The virtual celebration included messages from Dean Mary Loeffelholz and other faculty members, recognition of students, and more. These virtual recognition ceremonies were not a replacement for in-person ceremonies at a future date. These virtual ceremonies were an opportunity for the Northeastern University College of Professional Studies community to acknowledge graduates’ achievements sooner.

September 2020 Virtual Celebration

The 2020 Summer Virtual Recognition celebration included messages from Dean Mary Loeffelholz, a student speaker, a guest speaker, faculty, and a recognition slide for each graduate.