Seven Steps to Graduation 2017

In order to be eligible to graduate and attend the graduation ceremony on Friday, May 12, 2017, students are advised to follow the few simple steps listed below.

 (Updated as of December 15, 2016)

1. Determine Your Eligibility

To determine your degree conferral* and graduation ceremony dates, please use the appropriate link below to review the graduation deadlines in which students must complete all requirements


MASTER'S DEGREE CANDIDATES, please  click here for dates.

DOCTORAL DEGREE CANDIDATES please click here for dates.


*Degree conferral refers to the official completion of a student’s degree, as recognized by the University.

2. Review Your Curriculum Information and declare your Expected Graduation Date (EGD)

Begin the graduation process by reviewing your current program information (degree and major).

  • Log in to myNEU
  • Click on the red Self-Service tab on the top
  • Click Student Self-Service
  • Click Student Records
  • Click View Student Information
  • Choose your term
  • Click submit
  • Review your information about degree, major, and Expected Graduation Date (EGD) 

If your EGD is incorrect or not listed, please contact your Student Success Specialist and request this be updated. Your EGD is when your degree will be officially conferred and awarded by the University, it is not the date of your last class or the day of the graduation ceremony.


MASTER'S DEGREE CANDIDATES, please  click here for dates.

DOCTORAL DEGREE CANDIDATES please click here for dates.

Submitting the request to declare your EGD does not constitute applying to graduate.

3. Apply to Graduate

Upon verifying the accuracy of your Student Information and confirming your EGD is correctly declared, the next step is to Apply to Graduate via myNEU.

How to Apply to Graduate:

1. Under the Self-Service tab in your myNEU, you will find the Commencement box located at the bottom left corner of the screen.

2. Choose the Apply to Graduate option and complete the questionnaire.

Only degree candidates who complete a Graduation Application will have their academic records audited to determine degree completion for conferral and graduation.

Only degree candidates who attend the graduation ceremony will receive regalia (cap and gown). If you do not apply to graduate by the above deadlines and plan on attending the graduation ceremony, you will be given appropriate regalia if available.

4. Complete an Exit Interview

If you have received a Federal Stafford Loan (subsidized or unsubsidized) or Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loans, complete the exit interviews below. Otherwise, proceed to Step 5.

Undergraduate -

Graduate - 

For more information, contact Student Financial Services at 617-373-5899.

5. Regalia and Ticket Information


If you plan on attending the graduation ceremony, academic regalia (cap -mortarboard, tassel, gown, and hood if applicable) are provided at no cost to you and may be kept as memento of the occasion.

Pick up location: Matthews Arena Lobby, 238-262 St. Botolph St., Boston, MA 02115

Graduates may pick up regalia during the following time periods:

  • Saturday, May 6, 2017,  12:00 noon - 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 8, 2017, and Tuesday, May 9, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

A photographer will be on-site to take your graduation portrait during this distribution period.

Regalia cannot be mailed.

If you are not able to pick up your regalia during the specified days and times, then your regalia will be available for pick up on graduation morning at Matthews Arena. Be sure to arrive promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Number of tickets per candidate

Each candidate is allotted three guest tickets for the graduation ceremony. These tickets allow entrance into the guest seating area of Matthews Arena.

Students will be notified when the ticket period is open. If you have any questions please email

Steps to retrieve guest tickets:

  1. Login to myNEU
  2. Go to Ticket Center (myNEU Cental) - "my tickets"
  3. In the header of the page, click the link to Commencement Tickets
  4. Choose: Commencement 2017: CPS Ceremony
  5. Choose the number of guests ticket(s) you need (up to 3 tickets may be selected)
  6. Print / Save ticket(s)

The unique bar code on the tickets allows one entry to the event; tickets are non-transferrable.  Tickets will be scanned at the entrance for validation.  Any copies of tickets will be denied entry.  

Please be cautious if someone offers to sell you this document - it has no official resale value and may be an unauthorized copy. It is advisable that you and your guests review the Guest Information and Facility Protocol.

Extra Tickets

We currently do not anticipate that extra tickets will be available. Due to the consistent high attendance rate of both graduates and guests, the limit is set to accommodate all graduates fairly and to ensure that we do not exceed the venue capacity. If graduates are in need of additional tickets, we suggest emailing If extra tickets become available, we will notify you via your NU email address and will post details on the graduation website. Your graduation from Northeastern University is a major milestone in your life. We wish that we could issue an unlimited amount of tickets for your loved ones; however, we must accommodate an equal number of guest tickets for all of our students.

Please email with any questions regarding tickets.

6. Obtain the Diploma

Providing all academic and financial obligations are met, students will be able to obtain their diploma.

January 2017 and September 2017 degree candidates who apply by the deadline will receive their diplomas in the mail at the address provided on their graduation application 3-4 weeks after degrees are conferred. Allow more time for international mail.

April 2017 degree candidates who apply by the deadline will receive their diploma in the mail at the address provided on their graduation application 3-4 weeks after the May 12, 2017, graduation ceremony. Allow more time for international mail.

Diplomas will not be distributed during the ceremony on May 12, 2017.

If you qualified for degree conferral, and received notification from the College to confirm degree completion BUT have not received your diploma after the above specified time frame, please contact the Commencement Office at 617.373.4098 or email .

If you do not receive confirmation from the College that you have completed your degree one week prior to the degree conferral, please contact your academic advisor.

7. Attend the Graduation

The Graduation Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017, at Matthews Arena on the Northeastern University campus at 10:00AM. Only qualified graduates are eligible to attend the graduation ceremony.

Important Note for Graduates: Undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree candidates must report to Matthews Arena on Friday, May 12, 2017, and arrive no later than 8:30 AM to check in, get robed, and be lined up for the procession.

Important Note for Guests: Guests will only be admitted to the Graduation Ceremony with official guest tickets on a first-come, first-served basis.


Security Notice

Here are the logistics you and your guests need to know. Please forward this information to your guests, so they will have it. This information applies to graduates and guests alike.

  1. We strongly advise you to minimize what you will carry into Matthews Arena, in order to speed this process. Please see list of prohibited items below.
  2. Guests will only be admitted to the Graduation ceremony with official guest tickets; general seating applies. Guests will enter the main entrance of Matthews Arena located on St. Botolph Street beginning at 8:30 a.m. Ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m.
  3. There is no re-entry if you depart Matthews Arena before or during the ceremony.
  4. Facility/Safety Protocol

For safety reasons, the following items are prohibited (no exceptions) inside Matthews Arena for the ceremony:

  • Baby Strollers
  • Outside food/beverages
  • Backpacks or bags larger than 12" x 12" x 12". Women's handbags of acceptable size may be allowed entry after search
  • Laser pointers or similar items
  • Firearms or other weapons
  • Artificial noisemakers
  • Alcohol

All guests and their belongings are subject to search at the discretion of Northeastern University. Patrons with prohibited articles will be turned away at the entrance. There is no storage or check-in area for such items. Enforcement will be without exception.

Additional policies - No exceptions: 

  • No storage/check area is available for prohibited items
  • Patrons may refuse to have their bag searched but WILL NOT be permitted entry with the bag
  • Confiscated items will be discarded
  • No exceptions