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Graduation Information 

Apply for graduation online via your myNKU account.

For step-by-step instructions see the Quick Reference: How to Apply for Graduation.

All graduate degree and graduate certificate students should complete an Application for Graduation, including the appropriate fee, with the Office of the Registrar by the following dates:

Graduation Term Application Deadline Fee
Fall Graduation By May 31 $50.00
  June 1 - August 31 $80.00
  September 1 - September 30 $100.00
Spring Graduation By November 30 $50.00
  December 1 - January 15 $80.00
  January 16 - February 15 $100.00
Summer Graduation By April 30 $50.00
  May 1 - May 31 $80.00
  June 1 - June 30 $100.00

Please notify the Office of Graduate Education ( or 859-572-6364) if your graduation date changes. A new application may need to be completed.


Commencement Information 

Commencement - Students Lining up for processional


Commencement exercises at Northern Kentucky University are held in both May and December. The December ceremony is for students completing degree requirements in the fall and preceding summer semester. The May ceremony is for students completing degree requirements in the spring semester. Information regarding the ceremony, purchasing caps, gowns, hoods, and ordering announcements will be sent to all degree candidates. You may also visit the Commencement website at

Diplomas are mailed approximately six weeks following commencement each semester (fall, spring, summer) from the Office of the Registrar.

Students must satisfy all financial and administrative obligations to the university for diplomas to be mailed.