Commencement FAQs

  • When exactly do I qualify to attend graduation?
    • 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 either successfully completed or be enrolled in all remaining required DNP courses the duration of the summer term.
      • MSN & PGC students - Have a final passing grade (not an IP) in MH/NM/NP/WH 715 posted to the transcript AND Have either successfully completed or be enrolled in MH/NM/NP/WH 716 for the duration of the summer term AND Have either successfully completed or be enrolled in MH/NM/NP/WH 717 for the duration of the summer term.
      • 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.
  • When should I arrive?
    • Graduates should arrive at the Lexington Center no later than 11 am (EST) to allow plenty of time for for check-in, dressing and and lineup instructions. The ceremony will begin promptly at 12 pm.
  • Where do I go when I get there?
    • Follow the signs posted near each main venue entrance. Feel free to help your seat your guests, but then please proceed quickly to the graduate check-in area. Here you will find staff ready to help you fill out a name card. Your name card will assist the announcer as you walk onto the stage. KEEP NAME CARD WITH YOU and proceed to the graduate dressing/waiting area for processional lineup instructions. Graduates should be checked in, dressed and waiting for lineup NO LATER THAN 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO CEREMONY START TIME.
  • What should I wear?
    • Professional dress is expected. Since graduation gowns are black, it is best to wear darker colors so your clothes do not show through. Your footwear should allow you to safely climb a small flight of stairs and cross an elevated stage. No flip flops please. For information about academic regalia, please review "Regalia & Cords" tab.
  • Where are the closest overnight accommodations?
    • There are numerous lodging options in Lexington and the surrounding areas. Please see "Local Attractions & Lodging" tab for more details, including a few hotels offering a limited number of rooms to FNU guests at discounted rates if booked by their cutoff date.
  • Can I bring my family to the Commencement ceremony?
    • Yes, We love to have family and friends celebrate our graduates! Please read important update on seating arrangements: ** 8/23/19 GUEST SEATING UPDATE ** Attendance for this year's ceremony is record-breaking! Therefore we must limit the number of guests to four (4) per graduate to sit in the main hall. Overflow seating will be available for additional guests in an auxiliary space on the same floor and the ceremony will be presented via live stream. FOUR tickets will be handed to each graduate upon check-in. If your guests are expected to arrive later than you, we will gladly hold the four tickets in your name at a Will Call table. Unused tickets will be redistributed to other guests by FNU staff approximately 20 minutes before the ceremony.
  • Is the Lexington Center handicap accessible?
    • Yes, the Commencement venue is handicap accessible. We will also have special seating reserved in the ceremony space. Graduates requiring accommodations should contact Student Services via email: studentservices@frontier.edu as soon as you have registered for the event so that we can be prepared to meet your needs.
  • Will faculty be available to talk and meet my family?
    • Yes, graduates will have an opportunity to talk with faculty after the ceremony. It is recommended that you communicate in advance with any faculty you specifically wish you see so that you may both look for one another after the ceremony.
  • What do I need to purchase?
    • Academic regalia (gown, hood, and cap) are required, and can be purchased through Jostens (see "Regalia & Cords" tab for ordering details). MSN graduates will purchase gown, hood and mortar board cap. DNP graduates will purchase gown, hood and tam style cap. Announcements are optional and may also be ordered from Jostens as well as diploma frames, class rings and more.
  • Are there advantages to buying a "Fine Quality" set of academic regalia?
    • Fine Quality regalia are ideal for graduates who plan to work in a university setting and will need to wear regalia year after year. The less expensive, standard regalia include gowns which are made from a lighter weight fabric and will not have the embellishments that the fine quality options have (they also breath better over street clothing, so you stay cooler while wearing them!).
  • Are the number of guests limited?
    • ** 8/23/19 GUEST SEATING UPDATE ** Attendance for this year's ceremony is record-breaking! Therefore we must limit the number of guests to four (4) per graduate to sit in the main hall. Overflow seating will be available for additional guests in an auxiliary space on the same floor and the ceremony will be presented via live stream. FOUR tickets will be handed to each graduate upon check-in. If your guests are expected to arrive later than you, we will gladly hold the four tickets in your name at a Will Call table. Unused tickets will be redistributed to other guests by FNU staff approximately 20 minutes before the ceremony.