Graduation

Graduation Application Timelines

The degree completion process requires that all students planning to graduate must complete a graduation application one semester prior to the semester of planned graduation. This allows the student the opportunity to receive an official advising guide which indicates any deficiencies in degree completion. The student will have a semester in which to correct such deficiencies. 

Students must apply for graduation on or before the due date. When the graduation application is processed, a graduation fee of $50 will be added to your student account balance.

Late applicants will be charged an additional late fee of $50.00

UNDERGRADUATE TRADITIONAL STUDENTS

  • If you plan to graduate in the Fall Semester you must apply to graduate by MAY 1.
  • If you plan to graduate in the Spring Semester you must apply to graduate by OCTOBER 1.
  • Note: March 23 is the last day to apply to graduate (with a late fee) for the spring semester. After that date you may apply for summer or fall semester graduation.
  • If you plan to graduate in the Summer Semester you must apply to graduate by MAY 1.

ADULT AND PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM STUDENTS

  • If you plan to graduate in the Fall Semester you must apply to graduate by JUNE 1.
  • If you plan to graduate in the Spring Semester you must apply to graduate by OCTOBER 15.
  • If you plan to graduate in the Summer Semester you must apply to graduate by JANUARY 15.

GRADUATE STUDENTS5

  • If you plan to graduate in the Fall Semester you must apply to graduate by JUNE 1.
  • If you plan to graduate in the Spring Semester you must apply to graduate by OCTOBER 15.
  • If you plan to graduate in the Summer Semester you must apply to graduate by JANUARY 15.

For more information about graduation, please visit the Graduation and Commencement site.

Graduation Protocol

Below are a few words about protocol for the NNU graduation ceremonies.

  • Press your gown if necessary.
  • There should be no decorations, flowers or notes pinned on the gown or mortarboard. Remember the focus is academic achievement.
  • The square cap is worn so the flat board and the floor are parallel.
  • Men please remove your hats, primarily for prayer. A key is to watch the platform personnel and do as they do.

Distinctions between ceremony and celebration

  • The ceremony occurs from the beginning until the individual degrees are given out.
  • The celebration comes at the conferring of the degrees: photos, applause, etc.

During and after the events

Pictures will be taken by a professional photographer during the ceremony. Go to http://www.imagegrad.com/ for information about purchasing them. You may want a picture holding your diploma while wearing your regalia so be sure you do this before you turn in your gown and hood.

  • Baccalaureate - We ask that there be no photos during the ceremony. This is a religious ceremony. We have made special arrangements for photos to be taken with the hooding doctors. Hooding doctors will be available for 20 minutes on the platform for pictures following the service.
  • Commencement - There are two parts to Commencement.
    • The ceremony occurs from the beginning until the individual degrees are given out.
    • The celebration comes at the conferring of the degrees: photos, applause, etc.

Return your gown and hood to the designated drop-off spot in the Johnson Sports Center Field House immediately following the ceremony. Your hat, tassel, and honor cords are yours to keep, so remove them before turning in your hood and gown.

Graduate Program Graduation Timeline

Commencement participation policy:
A student may participate in commencement if all degree requirements are completed or will be completed at the end of the current semester.

Exceptions:
With all other requirements met, a student may participate in commencement if no more than 6 credits remain uncompleted beyond the current semester.

For Ed.D. and Ph.D. students:
With all other degree requirements met, a student may participate in commencement if only the following remain uncompleted beyond the current semester:

  • EDUC9500 - Professional and Ethical Leadership
  • The final, approved written dissertation. The dissertation must have been successfully defended, but final edits may remain outstanding.
  • Submission of the final, approved written dissertation to TK20 and the NNU Library's UMI dissertation database.

Clearance for participation:
Graduate students will be cleared for participation through the Registrar's Office. Letters of participation will be sent to graduate students by the Registrar Graduate Program Technician. Participation for graduate students is granted based on the courses completed by the spring semester.

Undergraduate Participation Policy

The following graduation policy has been approved by the Northwest Nazarene University Academic Council: Undergraduate. Students may participate in graduation ceremonies if they meet one of the two criteria listed below.

  • All degree requirements are completed.
  • With all other requirements met, there are no more than 6 credits remaining for degree completion.

Undergraduate Honors at Graduation

Students must have completed at least 60 semester credits at Northwest Nazarene University or have transferred to NNU with a CUM GPA of 3.5 or higher to be eligible for honors at graduation. The honors categories are listed below.

Summa Cum Laude
3.90 - 4.00

Magna Cum Laude
3.75 - 3.899

Cum Laude
3.50 - 3.74

Honor Society Candidates

Students must have completed at least 60 semester credits at Northwest Nazarene University or have transferred to NNU with a CUM GPA of 3.5 or higher to be eligible for candidacy to the NNU Honor Society, Phi Delta Lambda. The criteria for candidacy are listed below.

Upper 15% of the Graduating Class*
Cum GPA of at least 3.5
Good Character
Faculty Vote

*Note: Students may receive honors, but may not be in the upper 15% required for candidacy in the Honor Society.

Diploma Order Information

Diplomas are sent via U. S. Mail.  You should receive your diploma 4-6 weeks after the degree is granted.

Diplomas will be sent to your permanent address.  If you want your diploma sent to any other address, this must be requested in writing.

If you require a replacement diploma:

  • You will need to submit a letter of request including your name, date, place of birth, and Social Security number.  Your request must be signed.
  • The fee for an additional diploma is $25.00.  
  • It should be noted that the original signatures on your diploma may have changed.  The current administrators will sign your new diploma.
  • Some students request that a new diploma reflect a name change.  Because the diploma is an historical document, the name used at the time of degree completion must be used.

If you have further questions about your diploma please contact the registrar's office at (208) 467-8548 or email us at registrar@nnu.edu.