Graduation Information


Month of April
Watch for Federal Stafford/Direct Loan exit counseling information in your student mailbox or at your permanent mailing address during the month of April.

In addition, students who have recieved a Federal TEACH Grant, must complete a separate exit counseling requirement, and students will be notified of the steps to complete that process by email.

Contact Katrina Rademacher at 402.465.2167 with questions.
April 13
Final day to order cap and gown without a late fee
Bring cash, check, or credit/debit card to place your order.
Also, order your diploma frames and invitations at the Bookstore.
Contact Prairie Wolves Bookstore at 402.465.2490 with questions.
April 13
Deadline to complete graduation verification form to participate in Commencement
Contact Nancy Shilz at 402.465.2242 with questions.
April 23-27
Black & White Gala Ticket Pick-Up
9 a.m. - 3 p.m., except April 27- 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Great Hall, Smith-Curtis
April 27 Undergraduate Senior Study Break: Salute to Graduates Black & White Gala
10 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Chez Hay Party room
210 N. 14th Street
A black and white gala for seniors and plus one. Tickets available Monday, April 23 though Friday, April 27 in Great Hall, Smith-Curtis.

Last day to place cap and gown order (with late fee)
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Prairie Wolves Bookstore
May 7-11 Pick up caps and gowns
All gowns need to be picked up before 5 p.m. May 11. If you cannot pick up your gown please call the bookstore and make arrangements.
Prairie Wolves Bookstore
May 11
Last day to clear holds on all student accounts
Contact the offices listed on your hold announcement email.
May 12 Master's Hooding Ceremony
1 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
Reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church.

Assemble for Final Walk
3:15 p.m.
Weary Center, George Knight Field House
Students, faculty, and other paritcipants assemble for the walk to Baccalaureate.

Final Walk
3:45 p.m.
Across campus

4 p.m.
First United Methodist Church

All-Class Picture (Includes University College and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)
5 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, front steps

Assemble for Commencement
5:45 p.m.
Weary Center, George Knight Field House

Commencement Ceremony
6:30 p.m.
Taylor Commons

Gown return
Immediately following the Commencement Ceremony. If gown is not returned, an additional charge will be incurred.
Weary Center, George Knight Field House
May 13
Last day to clean out your student mailbox (SMB)
Clean out by 5 p.m.

Graduating seniors check out of residence halls
Check out by 5 p.m.

Graduation Photos

Pre-register your family with Grad Images to view and order your official graduation photos online and receive a discount.

Becoming Alumni

Give back to NWU. Donate to the senior class gift. Provide your new mailing address, cell phone number and e-mail.

Contact Rachelle Hadley at

In Case of Inclement Weather

In the case of inclement weather, Commencement will be moved to Snyder Arena, located in the Weary Center.
The decision to move inside is typically made the night before and will be announced on this page, on our main University voice mail at 402.466.2371 or 800.541.3818 and through the NWU alert system.