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Dear Graduate, 

To honor the incredible hard work and accomplishments of NKU’s August and December graduates, we invite you and your family to join us for December 2021 Commencement on Saturday, December 18, 2021 in BB&T Arena.  


Morning Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021

Ceremony begins: 10:00 AM (doors open at 9:00 AM)

Anticipated end time: 12:00 PM     

  • College of Arts and Sciences      
  • Haile College of Business     
  • College of Education 

Afternoon Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021

Ceremony begins: 3:00 PM (doors open at 2:00 PM)

Anticipated end time: 5:00 PM      

  • College of Health and Human Services      
  • College of Informatics 


Tickets are not required for your guests and there is no limit on the number of guests who may attend in person.  As with other areas of campus, masks will be required for attendees indoors in BB&T Arena. 

The ceremonies will also be streamed live on the commencement website at for guests who wish to join virtually. Graduates do not have to RSVP in advance if you plan to participate (or not) in the commencement ceremony.


Grad Celebration Nov. 2-3:

Tuesday, Nov. 2 and Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021 // 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Student Union Ballroom 107A

Get ready for the big day at our Grad Celebration! 

  • Sign up for your timeslot to get your photo taken in front of the official NKU backdrop by GradImages photographers      
  • Check your name as it will appear on your diploma with the Registrar’s Office   
  • Pick up academic honor cords, for undergraduates qualifying for University Honors (GPA of 3.50 or higher)      
  • Work with a Herff Jones representative in person to order announcements or class rings      
  • Learn about NKU Alumni perks and put your name in the hat to win an alumni gift basket      
  • Browse the NKU Bookstore’s graduation gifts and other items (please visit the store in the University Center for a complete selection of graduation items)      
  • Get answers to all your commencement questions 

Attendance at Grad Celebration is not required – visit for information on how to pick up honor cords and other questions outside of Grad Celebration hours.  


How to purchase caps and gowns, announcements:

Herff Jones is the approved NKU vendor for commencement items including caps, gowns, tassels, rings and announcements.  In order to receive the proper items, you are encouraged to purchase all commencement items in the NKU Bookstore or through Herff Jones directly.       

  • Caps, gowns and tassels are available for purchase in person in the NKU Bookstore now through Dec. 17.       
  • Caps and gowns, announcements, class rings and diploma frames may be ordered online at the Herff Jones website  through November 15 or you can talk to a Herff Jones representative in person at Grad Celebration Nov. 2-3, 2021.  


We will be sending you more information a bit closer to the ceremonies, both via your NKU email and postal mail.  In the meantime, if you have any questions please visit the commencement website or contact us directly at   


Good luck with the conclusion of your studies!  


Best regards,



Krista Wiseman-Moore   

Director of Special Events      




Kara Olding                                                     

Assistant Director of Special Events