Welcome, NCU graduates!
Welcome, NCU graduates!
Use this page to find everything you need to know about registering for and attending our Commencement 2015 festivities. We look forward to meeting you in July!
All events listed take place at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel
Academic Recognition Ceremony & Reception
Saturday, July 18, 2015 –Valley of the Sun Ballroom, Encanto Room & Foyer – 2nd floor
- 7:00 am – 10:00 am - Graduate Check-In (Foyer)
- 8:00 am – 8:45 am - Honor Society Recognition Ceremony (Encanto)
- 8:45 am – 10:00 am - Poster Sessions (Ballroom D & E)
- Break - Doctoral Graduate and Diss. Chair Line up (Foyer)
- 10:30 am – 12:00 pm - Academic Recognition & Doctoral Hooding Ceremony (Ballroom C)
Saturday, July 18, 2015 – Phoenix Ballroom & Foyer – 3rd Floor
- 1:00 pm - Graduates report to staging rooms (Foyer)
- 1:00 pm - Doors open for general seating
- 2:00 pm - Commencement Ceremony Procession
- 4:00 pm - Commencement Recession
Commencement Dessert Reception
Saturday, July 18, 2015 – Phoenix Ballroom D& E – 3rd Floor
- 4:00 pm - Post-Ceremony Dessert Reception Begins
- 6:30 pm - Post-Ceremony Dessert Reception Ends
Regalia and Announcements
Graduation Regalia If you have not ordered your regalia, please contact Willsie University Cap & Gown online or at (800) 370-0931 to reserve or purchase your regalia. Please note: the deadline to PURCHASE your regalia is May 27, 2015 and the deadline to RENT regalia is July 8, 2015. Orders received after this date will not be processed.
If you run into any challenges while ordering your regalia, please contact Tony Harvey at Willsie University Cap & Gown directly at email@example.com.
Announcements: You may purchase NCU graduation announcements from Jostens.
We have negotiated a group rate for you and your guests at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, where Commencement 2015 will be held. We recommend you book your room early!
Room reservations under the Student block can now be made via:
- Sheraton reservations at 866.837.4213 or
- The "Attendee" StartGroup Site
Guests can access the site to learn more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a reservation from February 9, 2015 to July 25, 2015. The room block will be held until June 14th, 2015 at 5:00pm (MST). Reservation requests received after this date will be accepted on a space availability basis only & may be at a higher rate per night.
You can find additional information on Phoenix, including places to stay, where to eat and things to do online at Visit Phoenix.
**The Student Room Block at the Sheraton is now sold out. If you have already made reservations at the Sheraton, you may still call the number above with questions or to make adjustments to your reservation. If you have not made reservations, the following hotel options are within walking distance of the Sheraton.
Hyatt Regency Phoenix
122 N. 2nd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Renaissance Phoenix Downtown
50 E. Adams
Phoenix, AZ 85004
The Westin Phoenix Downtown
333 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
There is a shuttle available from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown for $13 per person. For this and additional transportation options please click here.
Q: How many guests can I bring?
A: You can reserve space for up to ten (10) guests.
Q: Do I need tickets for each event?
A: Physical tickets are not required for this year’s Commencement events, just your RSVP response.
Q: How do I order Commencement Regalia?
A: If you have not ordered your regalia, please contact Willsie University Cap & Gown online or at (800 370-0931 to reserve or purchase your regalia.
Q: What is the deadline for ordering Regalia?
A: The deadline to PURCHASE your regalia is May 27, 2015 and the deadline to RENT regalia is July 8, 2015. Orders received after this date will not be processed.
Q: If I can't make it to Graduation, may I purchase a graduation tassel?
A: Yes. You may send an email (preferred) to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting your tassel. Willsie Cap & Gown will ship your tassel via US Post.
Q: Where can I purchase Graduation Announcements?
A: You may purchase NCU graduation announcements from Jostens.
Q: 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?
A: No, you do not need to bring your diploma with you. You will receive the same diploma holder as everyone else when you walk.
Q: What are NCU's hood colors?
A: 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. Willsie Cap & Gown is extremely helpful and will be happy to answer any of your regalia questions. You can email Tony Harvey at Willsie Cap & Gown at: email@example.com.
Q: 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?
A: Willsie Cap & Gown will be at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown the morning of the academic reception and commencement. You will be able to pick it up then and return it after the ceremony.
Have additional questions? Contact your Academic Advisor!
Are you wondering what you can expect when you attend graduation? Check out some of our videos from previous events!
Graduation 2014- Behind the Scenes
NCU understands the great accomplishments our students have worked so hard to earn. That’s why there’s nothing virtual about the thrill of actually walking across a stage with peers to receive that well-deserved diploma.
Rich Karlgaard: "The Will Do Attitude" (NCU 2014 Commencement Address)
Each year NCU offers a noteworthy commencement speaker to inform, entertain and encourage our graduates. In 2014 our commencement ceremony featured Rich Karlgaard, bestselling author and publisher/columnist of Forbes Magazine.
Anta Fall Moore, NCU 2014 Dissertation of the Year Winner
NCU always seeks to celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of our students. In conjunction with our 2014 commencement, we awarded Dissertation of the Year to Dr. Anta Fall Moore for her study on why African-American women decline breast cancer surgery.
Graduate Student Poster Session
The 2015 Graduate Student Poster Session will be held prior to the Academic Recognition Reception on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown in Phoenix, AZ. The purpose of the Graduate Student Poster Session is to give students the opportunity to showcase their research; to communicate their results to other students, family, friends, faculty and staff; and to learn about other areas of research and creative activity.
Graduates who have completed their dissertation defense by April 30, 2015 are eligible to present at the poster session. Example: Dissertation must have been completed and approved between April 1, 2014 and April 30, 2015 for a 2015 nomination.Graduate students who wish to have their work considered for presentation are encouraged to submit their dissertation abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1, 2015. Submissions will be judged on factors such as writing quality, significance of research and findings, research method, and interpretation of results. Those selected to present will be contacted and provided with information regarding poster criteria.
Dissertation of the Year
Congratulations to Dr. Dale Spurlin who was selected as the 2015 Dissertation of the Year winner!
Dr. Spurlin completed his PhD in Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Teaching and successfully defended his dissertation “When Learning Could Hurt: A Case Study of Student-Veterans and their Combat Experiences in the Classroom”. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the United States Army Command and General Staff College (USACGSC) and serves as Chair for the Combined Arms Center – Education Institutional Review Board.
When asked why he chose this topic as the focus of his research, Dr. Spurlin explained that he was inspired by his own experience as an adult educator. Dr. Spurlin recalls: “After teaching student-veterans for several years, I came to the realization that our practice and theory for adult learning might not be facilitating learning in the classroom. I surmised that our methods were driving them away from learning instead of promoting it. I wanted to know why and what to do about it.”
Dr. Spurlin will accept his 2015 Dissertation of the Year award and speak about his research at the Academic Recognition Reception.
View videos of our past three Dissertation of the Year winners.
Rebecca Collins Watch Dr. Rebecca Collins give her Dissertation of the Year acceptance speech.
Milton Kabia Dr. Milton Kabia shares his NCU story at the 2012 Graduate Poster Session.
Thomas Thompson Dr. Thomas Thompson, an international student from Jamaica, was the 2011 Dissertation of the Year award winner.
At the Academic Recognition Reception on Saturday, July 18, NCU will be inducting the newest members of our five honor societies. Invitations are made based on academic performance, but each honor society has different requirements. Visit our Honor Societies page to learn more. If you have any questions about the qualifications, please utilize the contact information below.
Delta Mu Delta (School of Business) For information about Delta Mu Delta, please contact Kim Vince at email@example.com.
Alpha Phi Sigma (School of Business, Criminal Justice) For information about Alpha Phi Sigma, please contact Kim Vince at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delta Kappa (School of Marriage and Family Sciences) For information about Delta Kappa, please contact Lisa Kelledy at email@example.com.
Commencement 2015 Speaker
Northcentral University is proud to announce NCU alumna and 2013 Dissertation of the Year winner, Dr. Rebecca Collins, as speaker for Commencement 2015!
Dr. Rebecca Collins works in Cooperative Educational Service Agency #9 where she focuses on statewide improvement of outcomes for Wisconsin students with disabilities, educator effectiveness, and culturally responsive practices. In addition, she serves as adjunct faculty for Northcentral University, the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and Viterbo University.
Dr. Collins received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Olaf College. She completed a Master’s degree in Education and licensure in School Psychology at Butler University. She attended UW-Superior for licensure as an administrator of Special Education and Pupil Services. Most recently, she completed her PhD in Education with a specialization in Exceptional Student Education at Northcentral University. Her dissertation focused on identifying factors influencing the attitudes of middle school students toward physical education and activity. Dr. Collins was also the recipient of the 2013 NCU Dissertation of the Year award.
Dr. Collins enjoys boating on Lake Superior, exploring new places, spending time with her family and playing with her Boston Terrier, Buttons.
2013 Dissertation of the Year Speech
2013 Graduate Student Poster Session