The doors to the San Jose Convention Center open at 11 a.m. You can check-in outside Hall 3 between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. We ask that you arrive to the check-in area by 12:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. – Doors open
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. – Graduate arrival and check-in
12:30 p.m. – All graduates must be checked in
1:00 p.m. – Ceremony begins
3:00 p.m. – Ceremony ends
Retrieve Your Stage Card (by 12:30 p.m.)
Upon check-in, you will receive your stage card. This will include your full official name that National University has on record, as well as your school. You can also hand-write your name on the card, if you would like it to be read differently than what is printed. When you cross the stage, a faculty member will read the name that is printed or hand-written on your card.
To change your name for the ceremony, you are required to submit a name change request form with a copy of your social security card, or court order showing the new name, to the NU records department. The name change form can be found on the registrar page. You must submit your requested name change at least three weeks before the ceremony.
If you are an undergraduate student with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, or a graduate student with a 3.85 GPA or higher at the time of commencement, you are eligible to wear a silver honors tassel. There will be a tassel table near check-in, where you can exchange your blue tassel for a silver tassel. (If you receive the silver tassel for honors, it does not officially mean that honors are awarded. Official honors will be determined by your GPA once all coursework for the degree has been completed.)
Processional Line Up
You will then line up for the processional under your school’s banner and your level of degree. You will cross the stage and receive a certificate of participation. Your actual diploma will be mailed to you approximately six weeks after your conferral date (degree posting date).
The commencement ceremony begins at 1 p.m. and ends at approximately 3 p.m.
Please bring with you to the ceremony:
- Maps and parking information (also, provide copies for your guests)
- Graduate students: cap, ironed gown, tassel, and hood
- Undergraduate students: cap, ironed gown, tassel, and stole
Meeting up with your Guests
For the best Commencement experience, we recommend that you meet up with your guests after the ceremony at a pre-designated location. The best meeting places will be towards, or outside of, the exits.
You can help make Commencement green by recycling items such as water bottles and programs.