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Virtual Commencement Honors
Spring Graduates 


May 5, 2020— Northern Kentucky University will honor over 1,800 graduates at its Virtual Commencement on May 9, 2020. 

NKU’s Virtual Commencement is the first and largest online gathering in university history. Graduates, families and students are invited to hear congratulatory remarks from President Ashish Vaidya, Provost Sue Ott Rowlands as well as greetings from faculty and alumni. The hour-long ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and will be streamed with closed captioning across the university’s social media accounts.

“While we know it is not the same as walking across the stage in a traditional ceremony, this option allows us to recognize the hard work of our May 2020 graduates at the culmination of finals week,” said President Vaidya. “Congratulations to all of our graduates. I hope each of you feels a great sense of pride in reaching this milestone and best wishes in all your future endeavors.”


The ceremony will incorporate many of the traditions associated with commencement exercises, such as the official conferring of academic degrees and a student vocal quartet’s rendition of alma mater and performances from the student orchestra. After the remarks, names of the graduates will be displayed.

“These students persevered through difficult circumstances on their way to a degree. They adapted and stayed on track despite the hardships faced these past few weeks,” said Provost Sue Ott Rowlands.

The university also expanded its December Commencement to include graduates from May, August and December. There will be four ceremonies, separated by college, to celebrate the graduates from December 11-13, 2020. Additional details on ceremony times and dates will soon be available.

Visit NKU’s Commencement webpage for more details on the May virtual event and the December ceremonies

About NKU: Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 15,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit