Commencement Caps


The information below walks students through the process of finalizing the degree program requirements and graduation preparations.

PhD Graduates

Graduates must have their dissertations submitted by April 24, 2015 in order to be hooded in the May 7, 2015 hooding ceremony. August 2014 and January 2015 graduates will be invited to participate in the May 2015 ceremony. August 2015 and January 2016  graduates will be invited to participate in the May 2016 ceremony. 

Masters Graduates

January 2015, May 2015, and August 2015 graduates should plan to participate in the May 8, 2015 commencement ceremony.

Apply to Graduate

Students must initiate the commencement process by applying to graduate via their myNEU account. This will place their name on the commencement list and start the commencement process. Students should apply even if there is a chance that all of their requirements will not be completed in time to graduate on a specific commencement date.

Review academic records for accuracy. Unofficial transcripts are available via myNEU. Continuous registration is required of all degree candidates who are submitting a thesis or dissertation, including the summer term if the thesis or dissertation is submitted in the summer.

Talk with the Graduate Program Director in your department to ensure all departmental requirements have been met, such as the required number of credit hours, cumulative average (minimum 3.000), continuous registration, language exam, comprehensive exam, thesis, dissertation, etc.

Ensure that all financial obligations have been met. Students can verify their financial status via their myNEU account. In order for diplomas to be released, financial obligations must be met before commencement.

Tickets and Cap and Gowns

Information regarding tickets and caps and gowns may be found on the Commencement Office website.

Important Information Regarding Theses and Dissertations

Students submitting theses or dissertations should utilize the on-line Guide to the Preparation of Theses and Dissertations. The Guide provides links to formatting tips, sample introductory pages, sample Approval Record and the deadlines. In addition, a checklist is provided to ensure you have fulfilled all of the required steps in the commencement clearance process. Any questions about the process can be directed to the Graduate Office at, phone: 617.373.5990.

NORC Survey for PhD Candidates

Ph.D. Candidates must complete the National Opinion Research Council’s (NORC) Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED). The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, is done online, and is a required component of the commencement clearance process. If students are uncomfortable with answering some of the questions, they may leave them blank. The NORC Survey should be submitted before the student brings the Northeastern Graduate Approval Record to the Graduate Office. The Graduate Office will receive electronic confirmation of students’ survey completion via NORC.