Commencement FAQs

  • When exactly do I qualify to attend graduation?
    • Students may participate in the commencement ceremony if they have completed all required courses, if all grades have been submitted and all tuition & fees are paid. MSN+Companion DNP students can participate as a MSN graduate and/or as a DNP graduate after all requirements are met. (catalog pg. 85-86).
  • When should I arrive?
    • Graduates should arrive at the Nixon Gym no later than 1:00 pm (Eastern Time) and enter through lower level doors. There you will find an information table and staff to help you fill out a name card. This card is what you will give the announcer when you walk on stage.
  • Where do I go when I get there?
    • When you have filled out the name card at the information desk, proceed into the gym. Wait there for the announcement to gather in the specified area on the bleachers for a group class picture. This will happen from 1:15 until 1:30. Once the picture is taken go back outside, walking by the information desk, to the parking lot for lineup.
  • What should I wear?
    • Professional dress is required. A dress and dark shoes are recommended for women and dark pants and dark shoes would be recommended for the men. Since graduation gowns are black, it is best to wear dark colors so your clothes do not show through. No flip flops please.
  • Can I stay at the school during commencement weekend?
    • Unfortunately because we are housing the full faculty and invited guests such as our graduation speaker, we have a full house during graduation weekend.
  • Where are the closest accommodations?
  • Can I bring my family to the campus?
    • Yes you may bring your family to campus. There will be guided tours at Wendover and self-guided tours on campus from 9am - 12:30.
  • Will there be a reception?
    • Yes after the ceremony there will be a catered reception. It will take place in the upstairs level and gym area.
  • Is the Nixon gym handicap accessible?
    • Yes, the lower lever entrance is handicap accessible. We will also have special seating reserved on the gym floor for this purpose.
  • Will faculty be available to talk with?
    • There are faculty meetings on campus during the weekend but graduates will have an opportunity to talk with faculty after the ceremony, during the reception.
  • What do I need to purchase?
    • MSN graduates will purchase gown, hood & board cap. DNP graduates will purchase gown, hood & tam. Announcements are available, by order, from Jostens as well as diploma frames, class rings and more.
  • Why do DNP graduates have two choices for purchasing gowns?
    • The fine quality gowns are for graduates who work at a university as faculty and need it to wear year after year. It has the FNU logo as well as initials on the trim. The cheaper, one time use gowns are a lighter weight fabric and will not have the embellishments that the fine quality has. Many DNP students choose this cheaper option.
  • Are the number of guests limited?
    • There is no limit to the number of guests but for planning purposes we do need to know how many you plan to bring. Please be sure to add the number on the registration form.