Northcentral University
Graduation 2014


Welcome, NCU graduates!

Use this page to find everything you need to know about registering for and attending our Commencement 2014 festivities. We look forward to meeting you in June!

Graduation FAQ

Do I need to register for all graduation events, or just one? Please register for every event you plan to attend. In previous years, we had students register for the Graduation Reception, but not for Commencement. As a result, the students' names were not listed in the program. Likewise, if a student does not register for the Academic Recognition Reception, but plans to attend and be recognized for their participation in a certain honor society, we might not have your name on our list to be recognized, and as a result, might not have enough cords. We want to ensure that all graduates are included so please help us out and RSVP for each even you plan to attend.

If I can't make it to Graduation, may I purchase a graduation tassel? Yes. You may send an email (preferred) to requesting your tassel. ArtNeedle will ship your tassel via US Post.

If I missed the cut-off date for Commencement last year, but want to attend this year and already have my degree, do I need to bring it with me?

No, you do not need to bring your diploma with you. You will receive the same diploma holder as everyone else when you walk.

What are NCU's hood colors? NCU colors are royal blue and gold. NCU hoods are lined with gold (the part that is exposed). Trim colors for the hood are different according to the branch of learning/degree. The colors associated with NCU's degrees are drab (School of Business and Technology Management), light blue (Education) and golden yellow (Psychology and Marriage and Family Sciences). Keep this in mind when renting or ordering your regalia. ArtNeedle is extremely helpful and will be happy to answer any of your regalia questions. You can email John at ArtNeedle at:

If I'm renting my regalia, do I have to pick up my cap and gown from Northcentral University or will there be a place to pick it up and drop it off at the ceremony? Artneedle will be at the Orpheum Theatre the morning of graduation and you can pick it up then and return it after the ceremony. If you attend the Academic Recognition Reception the night before, you can also pick it up at that time.

Why is there a limit on the number of tickets I can order? Are there any exceptions?
We limit the number of tickets to six per graduate because seating at the Orpheum is limited and we want to be sure that each graduate has equal opportunity to invite their friends and family. When you registered for Commencement, you had the option of being put on the waitlist for additional tickets if there are some left over. If you would like to be put on the waitlist for additional tickets at this time, please contact Alanna Vitucci (

I'm in an honor society, when will I receive my cords/medal to wear with my regalia?
Honor society inductions will be held at the Academic Recognition Reception on Friday, June 6, 2014. If you think that you qualify for an honor society, but have not yet received an invitation to join, please use the contact information below to contact the appropriate person.  If you are planning to attend the Academic Recognition Reception please do not forget to RSVP at We need to be sure that we have enough cords/medals for everyone attending.

Golden Key International Honor Society For information about Golden Key International Honor Society, please contact Ryan Smith at and Barb Scherzer at

Kappa Delta Pi For information about Kappa Delta Pi, please contact Dara Levitch at, Melanie Shaw at, and Karen Ferguson at

Delta Mu Delta For information about Delta Mu Delta, please contact Kim Vince at

Alpha Phi Sigma For information about Alpha Phi Sigma, please contact Kim Vince at

Delta Kappa For information about Delta Kappa, please contact Lisa Kelledy at

Who chooses the Dissertation of the Year? Northcentral University recognizes the scholarly achievements of its doctoral students by honoring annually the outstanding dissertation for the University. Nominations are made by dissertation chairs, and the Provost and a review committee make the final determination of the award. The award is based on the significance of the research to society, the discipline, and the student’s profession.

I would like to have my portrait taken at Graduation? Will there a be a photographer on site and when and where can I get my portrait taken?
There will be a photographer on site during the entire ceremony taking pictures of the event. After graduation, he will be set up to take graduate portraits at the Graduation Reception at the Sherton from 1 to 3pm. You can get a portrait taken by yourself, include your family or friends, or whatever you would like. Pictures will be available to order on the photographer's website usually a week after the event. We will send out a communication when the pictures are available. If you are planning to attend the Graduation Reception, please do not forget to RSVP at:

Who is the graduation speaker this year? This year's speaker is Rich Karlgaard,  columnist and publisher of Forbes magazine and author of Life 2.0: How People Across America Are Transforming Their Lives by Finding the Where of Their Happiness. 

What other questions do you have about Commencement 2014? Send them to Alanna Vitucci at