Graduation Information

Applying for Graduation

  • Submit Application for Undergraduate Degree Candidacy- complete online via your myNKU account.  For step by step intructions see: Quick Reference: How to apply for Graduation

  • Submit Program Certification forms for each major, minor and/or focus to the Office of the Registrar, AC 301.  Notes: 1) The following Education programs do not require a Program Certification form:  Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education, Physical Education, Early Childhood Education-Teacher Certification; 2) College of Business majors who have already certified do not need to do so again; 3) Graduate Students:  Your advisor or program coordinator will submit your Program Certification directly to the Office of Graduate Programs.

  • Pay graduation fee (online via myNKU or in person in the Student Account Services Office, AC 235).

  • Complete Senior Survey after receiving email notification from Office of Institutional Research (information available on the Senior Survey web page: http://ppb.nku.edu/research/seniorsurvey/current.html

Forms are currently still available for undergraduate degree candidacy at:

 

Application Deadlines and Graduation Fees

Fall semester graduation

Apply by April 22                                    $50

Apply between April 23 and August 8       $80

Apply between August 9 and October 31  $100

 

Spring semester graduation

Apply by October 22                                    $50

Apply between October 23 and January 8      $80

Apply between January 9 and March 30        $100

 

Summer semester graduation

Apply by April 22                               $50

Apply between April 23 and May 31    $80

Apply between June 1 and July 1        $100

 

Undergraduate Graduation Checklist

(Link to Downloadable Graduation Checklist)

 

  • Total Hours Earned Requirement:

    Associate Degree: Minimum 60 semester hours.  GPA must be 2.0 or higher or as required by degree program.

    Bachelor's Degree: Minimum 120 semester hours.  GPA must be 2.0 or higher or as required by degree program.

  • Residency Requirements:

    Associate Degree: Last 20 credit hours completed at NKU

    Bachelor's Degree: Last 30 credit hours completed at NKU

    Bachelor's Degree: Minimum 25% of coursework completed at NKU

  • Upper Division Requirement:

    Bachelor's Degree: 45 credit hours at 300 level or above

  • General Education Requirements*
    *As outlined in your governing catalog
  • Major Area of Study Requirements*
    *As outlined in your governing catalog
  • Secondary Area of Study Requirements - Minor and/or Focus*
    *As outlined in your governing catalog

Link to Graduation Requirement Details
 

Additional Information

  • Graduate Students: Apply for graduation online through your myNKU account.
  • All credentials required to confer a degree must be submitted prior to the grade submission deadline for the anticipated graduation term. Failure to comply with these requirements will move the graduation date to the next graduation term.
    For example, final grades for all courses (grades of 'I' and 'I+' must be cleared), substitution/waiver forms, transfer transcripts, consortium transcripts, residency waivers, non-traditional college credit (AP credit, CLEP, Portfolio, Advanced Standing, etc.), and piano proficiency exam results. (Note: This list is not exhaustive.)
  • All courses listed on the Program Certification for Major/Minor/Focus must be successfully completed.  Any exceptions must be in writing from the appropriate chairperson or coordinator.
  • To be eligible to graduate with honors, a student must: a) earn a minimum of 30 semester hours in residence (at NKU) for a Bachelor's degree, and 30 semester hours in residence (at NKU) for an Associate degree; b) have an overall GPA and NKU GPA of 3.50 or higher (the level of honors will be based on the NKU GPA).  (See the current undergraduate catalog for more information.)
  • A student working to receive two bachelor degrees on the same date must:
    a) complete requirements for both degrees
    b) earn a minimum of 30 semester hours in residence beyond requirements for the first degree
    c) earn a minimum of 60 semester hours in residence at NKU.

    A student working to earn a second bachelor's degree after receiving the first must:
    a) complete requirements for the second degree,
    b) earn at least 12 semester hours in the major field offering the second degree,
    c) earn a minimum of 30 semester hours in residence beyond requirements for the first degree.
  • Commencement exercises at Northern Kentucky University are held in both May and December. The December ceremony is for students completing degree requirements in the fall and preceding summer semester. The May ceremony is for students completing degree requirements in the spring semester. Information regarding the ceremony, ordering announcements, caps and gowns will be sent to all degree candidates.  You may also visit the Commencement website at http://commencement.nku.edu.

    NOTE: Participating in these ceremonies does not mean that one has graduated.
 

  • Diplomas are mailed approximately six weeks following commencement each semester/term (summer, fall, spring).  If you have a Diploma Address on file your diploma will be mailed to this location.  If you do not have a Diploma Address on file your diploma will be mailed to your Permanent Address. 

    NOTE: Diplomas will be mailed to U.S. addresses only.  If you plan on leaving the country prior to the mailing of diplomas, please contact our office with an alternate U.S. address where we may mail your diploma.  The Office of the Registrar is not responsible for lost or undelivered diplomas. 

    Students must satisfy all financial and administrative obligations to the university for diplomas to be mailed.
  • Please notify the Office of the Registrar if your graduation date changes. 

Feel free to contact this office with any questions.

Undergraduate graduation questions? Contact:
Tammy Camm - camm@nku.edu Lucas Administrative Center 308 - (859) 572-6427 (for last names beginning with A-H)
Emily Jasinski - jasinskie1@nku.edu Lucas Administrative Center 308 - (859) 572-5241 (for last names beginning with I-M)
Lee Amundsen - amundsen@nku.edu Lucas Administrative Center 308 - (859) 572-6625 (for last names beginning with N-Z)
 

Graduate graduation questions? Contact:
Office of Graduate Programs at (859) 572-6364 or by email at
gradprog@nku.edu.