FAQs

  • What is the difference between graduation and commencement?
    • Graduation: when a degree is officially conferred by the Registrar. We confer degrees throughout the year, not just at the end of a term. Students must meet specific academic criteria and complete an FNU Application for Graduation form to have their degree conferred. (see Departments>Registrar>Graduation for details)
    • Commencement: the annual ceremony (held typically in September) when eligible students are recognized and celebrated for their academic achievements.
  • When exactly do I qualify to participate in Commencement?
    • Any FNU graduate whose degree was officially conferred since the previous year's Commencement is invited to participate. Current FNU students whose degree has not yet been officially conferred must meet the following eligibility criteria:
      • DNP students - Have an A, B, I or IP in all required DNP courses.
      • MSN & PGC students - Have an A or B in MH/NM/NP/WH 715 posted to the transcript; AND have an A, B, or IP grade in MH/NM/NP/WH 716; AND have an A, B, or I grade in MH/NM/NP/WH 717; AND have an A, B, or I grade in PC713 by the date of commencement.
      • Students earning multiple degrees from FNU may choose to participate in the Commencement ceremony after each degree or wait and participate once after all degrees are earned.
  • I am a 2020 FNU graduate - may I plan to participate in the 2021 in-person ceremony?
    • Absolutely! 2020 graduates will be invited to attend and be recognized during this year's event at Rupp Arena. Please watch your FNU inbox for RSVP details coming later in July. Meanwhile please make sure you have regalia (gown-hood-cap) to wear, and that your travel arrangements are made.
  • Will there be a live stream available during the event for remote viewers?
    • Yes! We encourage you to provide the following link to all of your family and friends around the globe who cannot travel to Kentucky to watch in person. https://portal.frontier.edu/web/fnu/commencement-live-stream
  • How many guests can I invite?
    • Currently (as of July 7, 2021) there are no restrictions on how many guests may attend. FNU will mirror whatever policy is in place at the venue regarding capacity restrictions. If changes are made due to COVID, we will keep everyone informed.
  • What COVID precautions will be in place for the ceremony?
    • We will mirror venue policies related to COVID. Event-goers who are not vaccinated must wear masks. You can read the latest updates on the Rupp Arena website.
  • I am a member of the STTI - Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Where can I purchase an honor cord? And will my member status be listed in the ceremony event program?
    • STTI honor cords can be purchased individually at https://www.sigmamarketplace.org/honor-cord. Graduates who are members of the Chi Pi local chapter will be mentioned in the event program. Because we do not have access to STTI's global membership records, we cannot list membership other than those enrolled in the local chapter.
  • When and where can I register to attend Commencement 2021?
    • Eligible students should receive an email (check your FNU inbox) by July 30th with an RSVP link. If you do not receive that email by Aug. 2, please check your spam folder and then contact us: Commencement@frontier.edu.