Commencement 2023 Information

Commencement 2023 Information

Commencement FAQs

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

Q: How are students being recognized?
A: Students who are eligible to complete in spring/summer 2023 or have completed their degree fall 2022 will be individually recognized as they cross the stage.

Q: Will I get a diploma before the ceremony?
A: No, only graduates from fall 2022 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 institutional obligations have been met, approximately 4-6 weeks after final grades have posted.

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

Q: Do I need to purchase a cap and gown?
A: Yes, regalia is required to attend and participate in any commencement ceremony. More information to order regalia can be found at

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

Q: How long will the ceremony last?
A: We anticipate the 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. Diplomas will be mailed approximately 4-6 weeks after final grades have posted and all institutional obligations have been met.

Q: What if I will not finish my courses until summer 2023 — can I still participate?
A: Yes, be sure to apply for graduation before March 31, 2023 to be included in the commencement program.

Q: What if I will not finish my courses until fall 2023? Can I participate?
A: You may view the ceremony as a spectator online but recognition for fall 2023 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 March 31, 2023 deadline and are Fall 2022 graduates will appear in the printed graduation program. There are no exceptions or late additions.