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Applying for graduation
Filing deadlines and change of graduation date
Commencement
Diplomas, trancripts and degree verification

Graduation Requirements

Undergraduate students or second bachelor’s degree students need a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher to graduate. Master’s degree students need a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to graduate. You should refer to the Academic Catalog for the semester/academic year for which you were admitted for specific graduation and degree requirements.


Applying for Graduation

Northeastern has three graduations per year: May, August and December.

Undergraduate students and second bachelor’s degree students must submit an Undergraduate Application for Graduation and completed Academic Course Records forms for major(s) and minor(s) (if applicable) once they 1) have earned a minimum of 85 hours of credit, and 2) have been formally accepted by their major department and minor department (if applicable).

Completed undergraduate graduation applications should be submitted by the published deadline to Enrollment Services (D-101), or mailed to:

Northeastern Illinois University
Graduation Evaluations Office
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

Master’s degree students must submit the Application for Graduation for Master’s Student by the published deadline to the Graduate Records Office (D-101D), or mail the completed application to:

Northeastern Illinois University
Graduate Records Office
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625


Graduation Application Filing Deadlines

Month of Anticipated Completion of Degree Requirements

Undergraduate/2nd Bachelor’s Degree Filing Deadline

Master’s Degree Filing Deadline

May

Aug. 1 until Sept. 15

Sept.1 until November 1

August

Nov. 1 until Jan. 15

Feb.1 until April 1

December

April 1 until May 15

March 15 until May 15

Note: Master’s students completing a thesis must submit the final, approved thesis to Graduate Records (D 101) no later than the official last class day as published in the Academic Catalog. More information is available in the Thesis Manual.

Need to Change Your Graduation Date After Applying for Graduation?

If you are unable to complete all graduation and degree requirements by the last official day of the semester in which you anticipate to graduate, you will be dropped from graduation for that semester and you will be required to submit a Change of Graduation Date form for your new semester of graduation. The Change of Graduation Date form is available for download, or you may obtain the form from Enrollment Services (D-101) or the Graduate Records Office (D-101D).


Commencement

Northeastern Illinois University has two Commencement ceremonies per year: May and December. Information regarding the participation in Commencement is sent by the Student Union, Event, and Conference Services Office to all students who have applied for graduation by the appropriate deadline. Although you are not required to participate in the Commencement ceremony in order to graduate, we welcome your participation so that you can be publicly recognized for your achievement!

Students who apply for August or December graduation are eligible to participate in the December Commencement ceremony. Students who apply for May graduation are eligible to participate in the May Commencement ceremony.

If you are an undergraduate or second bachelor’s degree student who wishes to participate in a Commencement ceremony other than the one for which you are eligible, you should contact the Dean’s Office of your College (College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Management, or the College of Education) for directions on how to petition to participate in a different Commencement ceremony. If you are a master’s student and wish to participate in a commencement ceremony other than the one for which you are eligible, you should contact the College of Graduate Studies and Research Dean’s Office for directions on how to petition to participate in a different Commencement ceremony.


Diplomas/Transcripts Showing Your Degree Posted

Diplomas and final transcripts are not released until the $30 graduation fee is paid and all holds and/or indebtedness to Northeastern have been resolved. Typically, diplomas and transcripts showing your degree posted are available six to eight weeks after the official end of the semester in which you applied for graduation.

Degree Verification Letters

Should you need verification that you have earned a degree in advance of the degree being posted to your Northeastern transcript, you should submit a Degree Verification Letter request so that we can honor your request.

 

 

 

 

 

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