Commencement

NU in Ontario commencement information.

Ontario Commencement Ceremony 2023


The tentative conferral date is May 18, 2023. Information will be posted closer to graduation. Check your NU emails for important information regarding Commencement.commencement ceremony

Commencement Eligibility


GRADUATION occurs in January, May and August for students who complete all of their degree requirements. COMMENCEMENT refers to the ceremony that accompanies graduation. Commencement ceremonies for Niagara University are held annually in May.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of all degree requirements as determined by the Dean’s Office for your particular degree. (MBA, MS Finance – Faculty of Business Administration; MS ISDF – Faculty of Arts and Sciences; BPS and MSEd – Faculty of Education)
  • Achieve a 3.0 overall GPA.

Eligibility to Participate in Commencement

  • To participate in Ontario Commencement, students must be deemed eligible by the Dean’s Office.
  • Decisions about participation are made by the Dean’s Office, according to university policies.

Check Your NU Email for Important Updates Regarding Your Status

Important emails about issues that affect your ability to graduate or participate in commencement are sent to your NU email. While we cannot identify all issues that could keep you from graduation (GPA cannot be determined until the end of the semester for some students, and we may not be aware of recent drops, etc.), we try to stay in touch regarding any known issues that need to be resolved.

If you are concerned about your ability to graduate or commencement eligibility, contact the Dean’s Office for your discipline:

  • Faculty of Education:(716) 286-8560
  • Faculty of Arts and Sciences:(716) 286-8060.
  • Faculty of Business Administration:(716) 286-8050.
  • Poor attendance, Low overall GPA, low major GPA, F grades, incomplete grades, late registration, and missing transcripts or required documentation, can affect your ability to graduate or participate in commencement.

Degrees and Diplomas

  • Degrees will be verified early in the week following graduation, at which time the transcripts will reflect the degrees.
  • Diplomas are ordered after graduation (by mid-June).
    • Diplomas are ordered after graduation (by mid-June).
    • Diplomas on hold (student accounts) will be mailed to the Dean’s Office until the hold is resolved.
    • Diplomas reflect the degree and information required by the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities.
  • Sometimes errors occur at the printer, so please contact the appropriate Dean’s Office if you notice any errors on the diploma, so that we may reorder it.

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