Graduation Information

Graduation Information

Congratulations, Class of 2018!  

Senior Spring Mailer Documents 

For Students:     
  • All fees and fines must be paid to be eligible to participate.
  • Caps and gowns will be distributed between 7:30 and 2:00 on May 30 and 31 in the Main Gym Lobby.
  • To be eligible to participate you must attend:
    • Graduation Group Meeting - Tuesday, May 29, 2:30 p.m.
    • Graduation Practice - Friday, June 1, 7:30 a.m. in the Main Gym
      • The "Big Picture" class panoramic photo will be taken at Graduation Practice.  Prints may be ordered at for 10 days (until June 11)
  • Arrive at the ceremony at 2:30 p.m.  You cannot enter the Convocation Center before this time.
  • Do not bring cell phones, cameras, or purses.

Construction Alert: 

IDOT will be resurfacing I-88 between Sugar Grove and Rochelle. Families that choose I-88 as their route to the NIU Convocation Center will be impacted as the Annie Glidden Rd exit ramp will be closed starting 5/14/18. The detour signage will direct traffic to the Peace Rd exit ramp to Rt. 38/Lincoln Hwy. This route will take you through downtown DeKalb. If you wish to avoid downtown DeKalb, you can take Fairview Drive (map attached) as an alternate route

  • NIU Parking Map (Please note that all drivers should enter the Convocation Center parking lots from Rt.38/Lincoln Hwy. All other access roads will be blocked).
  • NIU Convocation Center Map
  • Entrances 2, 3, 4, and 5 may be used to enter the Convocation Center.
  • There is no special drop-off for graduates.

Commencement Ceremony
Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 3:30 p.m.
Northern Illinois University Convocation Center
1525 West Lincoln Highway
DeKalb, IL  60115

  • There is ample seating and no tickets are required
  • Audience doors open at 2:30 p.m.
  • Ceremony usually lasts about 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Arrangements for persons with disabilities from the NIU website:
    • Guests with Special Needs 
      Our commencement is general admission. The Convocation Center has ample seating space for those in wheelchairs. One family member
      will be able to sit next to the guest in a wheelchair, while the rest of the family will be able to sit in the rows just in front of this area.
      Guests will be responsible to bring any special equipment (wheelchair, walker, etc.) they may need.

      The Convocation Center is an arena where all the seating (except for ADA) is accessed via at least one step.
      To aid in understanding the setup of this venue, please consult the West End Stage seating info.

    • Special Needs Parking
      Permanent spaces are designated for persons with disabilities. If you have a person that would like to be dropped off near the entrances,
      please let the parking staff know as you enter the drive of the Convocation Center. They will then direct you.

  • The ceremony will be live streamed at this link
  • Grad Images will take pictures of each student as they receive their diploma
  • Parking Information
  • Bags will be checked as you enter the venue
  • No strollers please
  • No outside food or drink is permitted


Class of 2019
Commencement Ceremony
Sunday, June 2, 2019 - 11:30 a.m.
Northern Illinois University Convocation Center
1525 West Lincoln Highway
DeKalb, IL  60115