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Commencement: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the NLU commencement registration process?

You are currently able to submit a diploma and degree finalization to graduate on September 15, 2019, December 31, 2019, April 15, 2020, or June 30, 2020. You must complete the diploma and degree finalization request online to register for commencement.  All degree finalization requests must be received by July 31, 2020 if planning on participating in commencement.

This request will begin your diploma finalization process AND also allow you to register for the commencement ceremony at your campus. 

If you did not receive a confirmation email, are not sure whether your form has been received or you have missed the deadline, call the Office of Admissions and Records at 800.366.3623 extension 5718.

To participate in the commencement ceremony, you also must order a cap and gown from Herff Jones.

Is there a cost for commencement registration?

There is no cost to participate in the commencement ceremony. NLU provides the ceremony to its students for free. Most universities charge a commencement fee; however, NLU hosts the ceremony as a gift, in celebration of your accomplishment and hard work!

You must purchase your cap and gown from Herff Jones to participate in the commencement ceremony. 

Is there a cost for my cap and gown? How do I order?

You can your cap and gown only from Herff JonesThe deadline to order your regalia is December 31, 2020. Orders placed after this date will incur expedited handling fees.

Undergraduate cap, gown, tassel, and stole of gratitude are $52.00 plus tax (IL only) and shipping. Undergraduates wear black gowns and caps with the NLU tassels and a Stole of Gratitude.  

Master's cap, gown, tassel and hood are $52.00 plus tax (IL only) and shipping. 

Educational Specialist cap, gown, tassel and hood are $54.00 plus tax (IL only) and shipping.

Doctoral candidate cap, gown, tassel and hood are $58.00 plus tax (IL only) and shipping. Doctoral candidates also have the opportunity to purchase high quality NLU’s custom doctoral regalia, or design their own high quality regalia.  

What color should my regalia be?

Academic regalia colors have been standardized across the country. 

Bachelor's degree recipients wear a black gown and tasseled mortarboard.  The tassel color indicates their program major. 

At the master’s and doctoral degree level, both the tassel and hood border color indicate the program major, while the hood lining represents the alma mater. NLU’s colors are platinum and blue  Those holding a doctoral degree have sleeve chevrons on the gown matching the hood border.

Will I receive my diploma at the ceremony?

No, you will receive a diploma cover containing alumni information. Remember that your participation or attendance at an NLU commencement does not mean that you have completed your degree. Your diploma will be sent to you only if you have submitted your diploma finalization form, all of your degree requirements have been fulfilled and you have no financial responsibility to NLU. Diplomas are sent out approximately six weeks after the degree is conferred. 

Where do I find specific information on my ceremony?

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    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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