Class of 2013 Commencement Ceremony
The 43rd Commencement of Nova Southeastern University will be held on May 11th and will begin at 4:00 P.M. The ceremony lasts approximately 2.5 hours. Admission is free for the guests of candidates marching in the ceremony. Since the BB&T Center is a large facility guests will not need tickets to attend.
This ceremony recognizes and celebrates successful completion of your academic program. Participation in the commencement ceremony does not guarantee that a student has graduated; it also is not a requirement to graduate. However, this ceremony is traditionally a rite of passage which family and friends anticipate and remember as a formal marker in a graduate’s life.
You are eligible to participate if you will finish your degree requirements Winter 2013 or Summer 2013. An email was sent out with general information about the ceremony (i.e., ordering announcements and special hotel rates). Also the email explained about ordering your regalia (cap and gown), if you have not already submitted your order, please do so immediately.
Graduates have the option of being "hooded” by a professor on stage. You must first verify that the professor you select is attending graduation and that he/she consents to hood you. You must submit your Commencement Participation Form to Naomi Scheiner as soon as possible. If you are not requesting a professor hood you, then a member of the Board of Governors will do the honors.
The BB&T Center (Florida Panthers Arena) is located at:
2555 Panther Parkway (NW 136th Avenue) Sunrise, Florida.
BB&T Center has increased its security measures. Thus, for everyone's protection, backpacks, duffel bags, backpack style or oversize/large purses, diaper bags, alcohol, bottles, cans, food, thermoses, coolers, and strollers will not be permitted inside the building. Handbags and other items will be searched.
The administration of the BB&T Center apologizes for the inconvenience these measures may cause you and your guests. However, for the safety of all attendees, these measures are needed and they ask for your patience and your cooperation.
Caps and gowns are rented through the campus bookstore at no cost to you. At the end of the graduation, they will be collected by the bookstore personnel. You will receive more information about the regalia in the future. Announcements may be ordered in person at the bookstore, or by mail by returning the store brochure you will soon receive with a check or credit card authorization payable to the NSU Bookstore to:
The NSU Bookstore
3301 College Ave
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314
Please allow 4 weeks for processing and delivery of announcements.
The University sent out information about Commencement and how to accept an invitation to attend. Please make sure you read everything and follow the steps.
You will receive a Commencement Hooding Form via email from Naomi Scheiner. If you plan to join us at the BB&T Center for this event, return the form to Naomi Scheiner. email@example.com
Getting your Diploma
You will not receive an official diploma at the commencement ceremony. At the ceremony you will be called to stage and announced as a candidate for graduation. At that time, you will receive a certificate of congratulations. To receive an official diploma, you must submit an Application for Degree to the Office of Student Service at the Law Center. Your diploma will be mailed to you upon certification of your graduation from the University. It is recommended that candidates for graduation check on Webstar to make certain that the correct name and address are on file with the Office of Student Service at the Law Center. Contact the coordinator of degree conferrals and diplomas at the Registrar’s by calling 1-800-541-6682 ext. 7271, to confirm this and to ask additional questions regarding your diploma.
Wearing your Regalia
Please view the short video for information about wearing your regalia and hooding instructions.
Staying in Touch with your NSU Law Alumni Association
The Nova Southeastern University Law Alumni Association is an independent organization of alumni who have come together out of their collective desire to serve their alma mater and each other. Upon graduation, you are automatically a member with full library privileges. Make sure to keep your U.S. postal address and email address updated with the Office of Alumni Relations & Development to assure that you receive invitations to special events and both electronic and print newsletters.