National Louis University awards degrees at the end of each academic term, with transcripts and diplomas reflecting one specific date per quarter. In order to be awarded a degree, you must submit a Diploma and Degree Finalization Request by the appropriate deadline (see below). If you do not complete your degree requirements by the date for which you have applied, you may submit another Degree and Diploma Finalization Request to change the degree date.
You must submit a Diploma and Degree Finalization Request regardless of whether you plan to participate in the commencement ceremony. You may register for a regional commencement ceremony as part of the online process and may only participate in commencement ceremonies if you are completing your degree.
Degree and Diploma Finalization Application Deadlines
|Expected Completion||Application Due||Degree Date|
|Fall 2015||October 9, 2015||December 31|
|Winter 2016||January 15, 2016||April 15|
|Spring 2016||February 12, 2016||
|Summer 2016||April 29, 2016 (if participating in commencement)||
July 8, 2016 (if not participating in
October 7, 2016
Degrees will be posted two-to-three weeks after the degree award date. Please check your unofficial transcript in the Student Services tab of the NLU Student Portal to verify that your degree is awarded before you order official transcripts. Diplomas will be mailed approximately six weeks after the degree date.
Diplomas and transcripts will not be issued unless all financial obligations have been met. If you had a financial hold on your account and have resolved it, please contact the Office of Admissions and Records so your diploma can be released to you.
If you are a student preparing to complete your degree, submit a Diploma and Degree Finalization Request.
If you are a student who has already submitted a Diploma and Degree Finalization Request, but need official proof of degree completion before the degree date, request a completion statement.
Learn more about commencement.
If you have previously received a degree from NLU but need a replacement diploma, submit a Diploma Reorder Form.
Questions? Contact us.