It’s almost time to take that final walk across the stage to get your diploma. For most of you, this is your first time graduating from Northern Kentucky University so it’s important to be prepared. Here are a few tips to help you get through the day.
commencement caps
Don’t forget to bring your cap and grown on the day of graduation
That might sound obvious, but make sure it’s hanging up and ready to go (free of wrinkles!) Note: It’s not mandatory, but you can decorate your cap to add a little bit more to your outfit.
commencement dress

Dress for success

Wear something nice underneath your gown. You’ll feel more put together and confident walking across the stage.

commencement shoes

Comfort is everything

Wear comfy shoes. Heels are great, but if you have a hard time walking them, it’s better to go with flats.

commencement items

Don't get bogged down

Give any valuables you don’t want to carry to mom, dad or a loved one! It’ll be one less thing to worry about.

commencement running

Don't rush!

Get there early. Doors open an hour before start time for both ceremonies.

commencement social

Go social!

Use the hashtag #NKUGrad18 and #NKUAlumni when posting any photos online.


It’s your big day, graduates! Don’t forget to celebrate with friends and family after the ceremony.

You can find information on which ceremony you need to attend here.

If you’re nervous about your next steps into the world, here are a few tips from alumni who were recently where you are right now!