Graduation and Commencement

A true celebration of your accomplishments.

winter Commencement

10:30 a.m. Dec. 11, 2021

Johson Fine Arts Center

Guests will be welcome, with each participating graduate receiving four tickets to use for family and friends. Masks will be required per S.D. Board of Regents policy, and attendees will be appropriately spaced throughout the Barnett Center. Alternate viewing sites will be available in the Johnson Fine Arts Center, and commencement will be livestreamed. The ceremony will be also livestreamed through the NSU Facebook page and broadcast locally on cable Channel 12.

 

Watch the 2021 Spring Commencement Ceremony

Spring Commencement 2021
Three graduates toss their caps in the air in front of an NSU Wolves flag in the Barnett Center
A masked graduate holds up her diploma
A row of graduates files into the Barnett Center
A graduate is shown between a person in a bandanna and cowboy hat and another person in a dress.
A graduate poses with a group of people in front of the wolf statue at the Jewett Science Center
A blonde graduate stands with a person in a white shirt in front of the Barnett Center
A black-haired graduate with colorful stole poses between two other people
A graduate holds up a diploma while posing with faculty members
Three graduates smile at a person taking their picture
A graduate poses with a person in a striped shirt and another in a beige sport jacket
Three masked graduates smile while holding up diplomas
 A masked graduate walks with others lined up behind
A masked graduate cradles her diploma as she passes the photographer
A masked blonde graduate walks through the Barnett Center
A graduate with long dark hair smiles in the Barnett Center
A graduate receives a diploma onstage
Graduates sit in rows in front of the stage
A gowned speaker presents at the podium
A faculty member hands a diploma to a graduate
A faculty member hands a diploma to a graduate
Students in mortarboards are shown seated, from the back
A speaker presents from the podium on stage
A speaker presents from the podium on stage
Graduates listen to a speaker on stage
Plan for the Big Day

Discover details about the ceremony, places to stay in Aberdeen and directions to campus.

Disability Accommodations

Johnson Fine Arts Center (winter commencement)

  •     Accessible parking near main entrance -  see JFAC Parking Map
  •     Wheelchair accessible, including restrooms
  •     Wheelchair spaces available next to regular seats
  •     Accessible entrances located on east and west sides
  •     Assisted listening devices available
  •     Sign language interpreters available; contact Doris Stusiak (below) in advance
  •     Service animals welcome

 

Barnett Center (spring commencement)

  •     Wheelchair accessible, including restrooms
  •     Wheelchair spaces on floor next to chair rows
  •     Accessible entrance and parking located on north side, accessed from State Street
  •     Sign language interpreters available; contact Doris Stusiak (below) in advance
  •     Service animals welcome

 

Information and Assistance

If you have questions about accessibility or need additional accommodations, please contact:

 

Graduate adjusts another's boutonniere
Apparel and Announcements

Ready to purchase apparel and announcements for your big day? We've got you covered!

You can order an entire outfit (cap/gown/tassel/hood/etc.) or individual items.  Please note: For timely delivery, you're encouraged to order apparel no later than two weeks before the ceremony.

For rental orders, contact the NSU Wolf Shoppe for assistance, or call Balfour directly at 1-800-683-4771.

Commencement Recordings

Commencement ceremony recordings on DVD or Blu-Ray are available through NSU Media Services.