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Commencement FAQs

Q: Where do we go to watch the ceremony?

Q: Are tickets required for the event?
A: Yes, but only at the Main Campus Ceremony in Las Vegas. Guests are to obtain their tickets from their graduates. Tickets are limited to one ticket per graduate and four guests.

Q: Is there a vaccine requirement to attend?
A: No, NMHU will not require proof of vaccination at commencement. Masks are recommended. Reduced capacity and social distancing are required at all times.

Q: Will this ceremony be live or is it recorded?
A: This ceremony is considered live and will be live-streamed at

Q: How are students being recognized?
A: Students who are eligible to complete in spring/summer 2022 or have completed their degree between fall 2019 and fall 2021 will be individually recognized as they cross the stage.

Q: Will I get a diploma before the ceremony?
A: No, only graduates from previous semesters — fall 2019, spring 2020, summer 2020, fall 2020, spring 2021, summer 2021 and fall 2021 — will have a diploma in hand (if institutional obligations have been met). All other graduates will receive their diplomas at the address listed on the Application for Degree when the degree is conferred and all intuitional obligations have been met.

Q: Will a graduation program be provided?
A: Yes, a graduation program will be printed and available to our graduates and guests.

Q: Do I need to purchase a cap and gown?
A: Yes, regalia is required to attend any commencement ceremony. The link to make purchases will be available soon.

Q: Are students required to attend commencement?
A: No, commencement is not a mandatory event for students.

Q: I am graduating with both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. Do I have to attend both ceremonies?
A: No, ceremony attendance is optional for students. Students may choose to attend one or both.

Q: How long will the ceremony last?
A: We anticipate each ceremony will last approximately two hours.

Q: Does participation in commencement mean my degree is awarded?
A: No, your participation is not verification of your degree award; degree awards are verified by the Office of the Registrar after all final grades and graduation criteria are verified as met.

Q: What if I will not finish my courses until summer 2022 — can I still participate?
A: Yes, be sure to apply for graduation before April 1, 2022.

Q: What if I will not finish my courses until fall 2022? Can I participate?
A: You may view the ceremony as a spectator online but recognition for fall 2022 graduates will occur at next year’s commencement ceremony.

Q: How do I know if my name will appear in the printed graduation program?
A: Students who submitted their Application for Degree by the April 1, 2022 deadline will appear in the printed graduation program. There are no exceptions or late additions.