Northern Commencement

Congratulations Graduates!

National University invites you, your family and friends, to celebrate your remarkable accomplishment at 1:00 pm on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at the San Jose Convention Center.

Please carefully review the information on this site for all of the important details necessary to ensure your special day goes as smoothly as possible. Questions should be directed to It is our sincere desire to provide a memorable event that showcases your outstanding achievement.

Important student information and deadlines Deadlines
Regalia: Caps & Gowns are required for all non-military students and must be ordered.
Military students may elect to wear their dress uniform in lieu of regalia.
An application for graduation is required in order to participate in the commencement ceremony.If you fail to apply by the deadline, your name will NOT be in the Commencement Program or be able to be displayed on the large screen but it will still be announced and recognized.
Legal name changes should be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by:
Tickets are required for all guests over the age of 2. Reserve a maximum of 5 tickets for your guests by:

Additional Student Information

  • Hall 3 doors will open at 11:30am.
  • Remember, tickets are required for all guests. Guests under the age of 2 who sit on the lap of an adult do not require a ticket.
  • Graduates must bring their regalia (Graduate students: cap, gown, tassel and hood; Undergraduate students: cap, gown and stole).
  • Graduates should check-in, with identification, in Room 232 (adjacent to Hall 3) by 12:15 pm. You will be guided to the official line-up by School/College and Degree to prepare for the processional.
  • Graduates will be given a Stage Card that has your official, legal name from the University records.
    • You may handwrite on the card how you want your name announced from stage.
  • Honors Cords — Undergraduates with a GPA of 3.5 or higher or Graduate students with a GPA of 3.85 or higher are eligible to wear a silver cord that can be picked up at Graduate Check In.
  • All graduates will have designated seating assigned by each School/College. Graduates are required to sit in their assigned School/College areas, grouped by Degree level, to facilitate an orderly processional across the stage.
  • Your official diploma will be mailed to you approximately six weeks from your conferral date.

Graduate Accommodation Requirements

Any graduate who requires special access accommodations for the Commencement event should contact Student Accessibility Services at by Monday, April 8, 2019 to provide timely notice for processing of their requests.

Guest Accommodation Recommendations

Please arrange accessibility accommodations prior to Commencement day, as equipment is not available onsite at the San Jose Convention Center. Please see vendor recommendations below:

For accessibility questions related to the San Jose Convention Center only, contact Patricia Denyer at

For ceremony specific questions only, contact

Convention Center Information

Academic Regalia & Vendor Information

Important Traffic Note

San Jose Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services is hosting the Viva CallSJ event on Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Please allow plenty of time to travel to the Commencement Ceremony due to traffic and/or road or freeway exit closures. Market Street will be closed and will affect travel to the San Jose Convention Center. Below is a general description of all road closures:

STREET CLOSURES Sunday, May 19, 2019

  1. HWY 101 (Northbound)– Story Road Off-Ramp closed, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  2. HWY 101 (Southbound)– Story Road Off-Ramp closed, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  3. St John St – Closed between 3rd St and Market St
  4. Market St – Closed between St John St and San Fernando St
  5. Market St (Southbound) – Closed between San Fernando St and San Carlos St
  6. Market St – Closed between San Carlos St and Reed St
  7. 1st St – Closed between William St and Hollywood Ave
  8. Willow St – Closed between Lelong St and Almaden Ave
  9. Graham Ave – Closed between Almaden Ave and Sherman St
  10. Goodyear St – Closed between Mastic St and 1st St
  11. Keyes St – Closed between 1st St and Senter Rd
  12. Story Rd – Closed between Senter Rd and King Rd

Please note the following street intersections do allow vehicles to cross during the event:

  • St. John St and Third St
  • St. John St and First St
  • Santa Clara St and Market
  • San Carlos St and Market
  • Keyes St and Second St
  • Keyes St and Third St
  • Keyes St and Tenth St
  • Keyes St and Eleventh St
  • Story Rd and Lucretia Ave
  • Story Rd and McLaughlin Ave

For more information please visit:
Map of Street Closures for Commencement on May 19th, 2019

If the San Jose Convention Center parking structure is full, please see the links below for additional parking options:

Guest Information

  • May 19, 2019, 1:00 pm
  • San Jose Convention Center (you may enter on Almaden Blvd. or Market Street)
  • Parking is available in the parking structure ($20 maximum), or there is nearby street parking:
  • Timeline:
    • 11:30 am — Hall 3 Doors Open
    • 12:45 pm — All guests should be seated in Hall 3
    • 1:00 pm — Processional and Ceremony
    • 3:00 pm (approximate time) — Recessional
  • There is no assigned seating for guests, though there will be designated seating for those with disabilities.
  • Restrictions for the main ceremony
    • Balloons and noisemakers are prohibited
    • No outside food & beverages