Graduation

Join the Northeastern community of the San Francisco and Silicon Valley campuses as we celebrate the achievements of the 2022 graduating class. This year’s ceremony will recognize students finishing their degree requirements between December 2021 and August 2022.

Graduation Ceremony

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Graduation Ceremony

This June, Northeastern University will host a graduation ceremony to honor the Class of 2022. Graduates and two guests are invited to celebrate your achievement together with your faculty, staff and peers.

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2022 | 4:00 PM Pacific Time

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Claim a Flag

At the Commencement Ceremony each year, we celebrate Northeastern’s diverse and global graduating class by asking graduates to wave flags representing their home country, a location they did a global experience, like an internship/co-op, or a place of importance to them. Graduates can fill out the Graduation Flag Form to choose the flag they want to carry, due by Friday, April 15.

Venue Information

The graduation ceremony will take place at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center, located at 600 North Deleware Street, San Mateo, California 94401.

Getting to the San Mateo Performing Arts Center

Is there parking at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center?

There are two parking lots located next to the venue. Parking is available on a first come, first served basis.

Tickets & Regalia

Tickets Information

Each graduate will be alloted 2 guest tickets. Further information about requesting tickets will be confirmed at a later date.

Regalia (Cap & Gown)

All graduates participatingin the graduation ceremony are required to wear their regalia. Pickup times at the San Francisco and Silicon Valley campuses will be provided by mid-April.

Additional Information on Tickets & Regalia

Can I register for extra tickets?

Extra tickets will not be available for the gradaution ceremony. The allotted count is based on the number of graduates and capacity at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center.

Do children or babies need tickets?

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.

What comes with my regalia?

Regalia consists of a mortarboard cap, gown, and tassel. Graduate students will also receive a hood for their degree.

Where do I wear my cap and gown?

After you pick up your cap and gown, please keep all items with you until you attend the graduation ceremony on June 4, 2022.  We cannot guarantee a replacement for lost items on the day of the ceremony. Regalia is required to walk at the graduation ceremony.

Can I keep my cap and gown?

All caps, gowns, and accessories are yours to keep after the ceremony at no cost.

What size regalia will I receive?

Gowns are provided by your height in feet and inches. The size you indicated on your regalia order form is what you will receive.

Can I have someone else pickup my cap and gown?

Yes, someone else can pick up your cap and gown. More information on the pickup process will be available by April 2022.  They do not have to be a Northeastern student to pick up. Once any regalia is picked up, you are solely responsible for keeping it until graduation day.

Can I wear a sash to graduation?

Yes, sashes can be worn at the graduation ceremony if they are provided by a Northeastern-approved group or organization. 

Please reach out to your group or organization to find out if they are providing sashes to their graduating members. These are not provided by the Commencement Office or Student Services.

If you are a group or organization that needs to approve graduation sashes, please contact the Commencement Office at commencement@northeastern.edu.

Can I receive my regalia if I am not attending the graduation ceremony?

A cap and gown will only be provided to students attending the commencement ceremony.

Can I have my regalia mailed to me?

Cap and gown for the Class of 2022 will only be available to pick up at the San Francisco or Silicon Valley campuses during the open dates and timesWe cannot guarantee that mailed regalia will be delivered in time for the graduation ceremony. 

How do I wear my cap, gown and masters hood?

View this instructional video on how to properly wear your regalia.

Can I customize my mortarboard?

Yes! We encourage graduates to decorate and customize their mortarboard. Please be mindful to have appropriate decorations since this is a family event.

What do I do if I cannot pick up my regalia in time for the graduation ceremony?

We highly recommend you pick up your cap and gown prior to the ceremony.  Someone else can pick up on your behalf as well. 

Regalia is required to wear at the graduation ceremony and if you arrive without it, we cannot guarantee you will be provided a proper cap and gown. A very limited supply may be available on the day of the ceremony.

What if I lose my cap and gown or accessories?

Students are reponsible for keeping track of their own regalia items. We cannot guarantee cap and gown sizes as only a limited number of extra regalia will be available.

General FAQ

General Information

Who is eligible to attend?

    • Graduate students who complete their degree requirements by:
      – December 2021
      – May 2022
      – August 2022
    • College of Professional Studies Master/Doctoral students who complete their degree requirements by:
      – December 2021
      – April 2022
      – July 2022
      – September 2022

Can I attend the in-person commencement in Boston?

Yes! The Boston ceremony is open to class of 2022 students from across our global university system. You are welcome to celebrate your graduation locally at our Bay Area graduation ceremony, at the Boston commencement, or to attend both. A livestream of the event will also be available should you choose to watch from home.

To register to attend the a Boston based commencement, be sure your Graduation Application is up to date in the Student Hub.

When do I officially graduate?

Your graduation date is determined by the date you fulfill all your academic requirements. Visit this page and scroll down to see the relevant dates for your specific program.

How do I update my graduation information?

You can update your diploma mailing address, Boston ceremony attendance, and cap and gown size (Boston ceremony only) through your graduation application. 

You can make these changes by going to your Student Hub > Resources > Graduation > View Application to Graduate.

Registrations for the Bay Area commencement will be made available by mid-April.

What is the dress code for the graduation ceremony?

We recommend business casual attire for graduates and guests.  Regalia is required for all graduates who are attending.

Diploma Information

If I have a question about my diploma, whom should I contact?

Please contact the Office of the Registrar at diplomas@northeastern.edu. Please include your student ID number.

When will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas will be mailed four to six weeks after degrees are officially awarded by the Office of the Registrar. International mail requires an additional one to two weeks. Graduates will be given advance notice regarding diploma mailing dates. Diplomas cannot be picked up on campus.

I cleared my financial hold. When can I expect my diploma?

If you clear your financial hold before the diplomas are mailed (four to six weeks after graduation), yours will be included in the mailing. If you clear your financial hold after the mailing dates have passed, you will need to notify the Office of the Registrar so they can begin the process of sending your diploma.

You can find information about contacting the Office of the Registrar here. After being contacted, they will verify that the hold has been cleared, which can take up to seven business days. After they have completed the confirmation, they will arrange to mail your diploma to you.

How do I change the mailing address for my diploma in my Graduation Application?

To change your mailing address, follow these steps:

1. Log onto the Student Hub
2. Click “Resources”
3. Scroll to the “Graduation Information” section
4. View “Application to Graduate”
5. Scroll to the diploma mailing address and enter your new address
6. Click the “update address” button

    • Please use the address that is best for mailing your diploma. It does not have to be your own current living address.
    • Note: You must change your address no later than two weeks prior to graduating.

What name will be printed on my diploma?

Your legal name will appear on your diploma. You will be able to add/edit your middle name in the Graduation Application. No prefix or suffix relating to a title or credential is allowed (e.g., Dr., DMD, Esq., Mrs., Mr.). If you need to change your legal name, please fill out this  Name Change Form and email it to the Office of the Registrar (diplomas@northeastern.edu) with the applicable documentation, at least six weeks prior to the ceremony.

If you are changing your name six weeks or more after you’ve received your diploma, you must fill out the Replacement Diploma Form instead.

How do I request a replacement diploma?

You place an order for a diploma replacement or copy  here. There’s a fee of $50, and the process will take six to eight weeks. We are unable to rush replacement diplomas at this time.

• Only students are authorized to order a replacement for themselves. Others are not permitted to order on their behalf.

• If you have not received your original diploma, do not place an order. Please email the Office of the Registrar for any inquiries about your diploma status.

• If you need a new diploma due to a name change, please have your name updated prior to placing an order.  If you need to change your legal name, please fill out this Name Change Form.

How can I obtain a Certified Electronic Diploma?

Northeastern University now provides a Certified Electronic Diploma (CeDiploma) to all graduates as of March 2020, in addition to the traditional paper diploma. Students will receive an email notification when their CeDiplomas are available for download. Please email the Office of the Registrar for more information.

How can I obtain a copy of my transcript or enrollment verifcation?

The Registrar’s Office can provide a transcript or degree verification at https://registrar.northeastern.edu/group/academic-records/.

COVID-19 Information

Will the graduation ceremony 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. Our events will comply with California state guidelines.

Visitors must remain away from campus if they feel sick, have tested positive, or believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Are there COVID-19 testing requirements for attending graduates and guests?

Northeastern University Celebrations and Ceremonies: If you are a guest attending an event or ceremony on Northeastern’s campus, a proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of the event will be required and masking is required inside spaces.  Read more about these guidelines here. Please click here for specific information on San Francisco and Silicon Valley COVID-19 guidelines.

Where can I find current COVID-19 regulations impacting domestic and international air travel into California?

Please see the travel advisory for California and this site to learn about regulations for entry into the United States.

Which vaccines are approved to attend the graduation ceremony and other events?

For proof of vaccination, it must be a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use or licensed for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization.