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Northwood University’s Commencement

Winter 2023 Commencement: Saturday, December 16, 2023 in Riepma Arena

We look forward to celebrating this achievement with you! Please note these important Commencement details below.

General Ceremony Information

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Note: Due to current safety regulations, please do not bring balloons into Riepma Arena during the commencement ceremony.

Graduation Regalia (cap, gown, stole, tassel, etc.)

  • Graduation Regalia (cap, gown, etc.) and name cards can be picked-up on November 14 & 15, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Front Desk of the Church Building (CFAB).
  • Extra supplies will be available in the Turf Building at 9 a.m. on the day of Commencement.
  • Graduation regalia for ADP and DeVos students will be mailed to each graduate.

Graduation Day Information

  • Graduates need to be in the Turf Building (behind Riepma Arena) by 10 a.m.
  • Bring your regalia & name cards with you to the ceremony. Extra supplies will be available in the Turf Building.
  • Name Cards — both need to be filled out. You will take these cards with you as you approach the stage. The blue card will be used to announce your name as you cross the stage.
  • Graduation marshals will lead you into ceremony and direct you to and from the stage — please follow their directions.
  • Graduate Dress Code:
    • Graduates are expected to wear appropriate dress clothing (business casual)
    • Caps are expected to be placed squarely on head — no angles, please
    • Tassel to the right until degree is conferred
    • Do not wear unapproved sashes, stoles, or cords
    • Do not pin flowers to the gowns

Honors Designation

  • Honors for Commencement are determined on November 1, 2023, and will be noted in the commencement program, and listed on your blue card to be read along with your name.
  • Honors designations are as follows:
    • summa cum laude = 3.90 cumulative GPA
    • magna cum laude = 3.70 cumulative GPA
    • cum laude = 3.50 cumulative GPA
  • Northwood does not provide honor cords

Additional Information

  • A Graduation Reception for all graduates and their guests will be held in the Hach Student Life Center immediately following Commencement.
  • Lodging & restaurant information can be found here
  • Graduation announcements and gifts can be found at:

Graduation Photo Ops

We’ve put together a map to point out some great spots on campus for photos of students and their families!

International student shaking hands with the President after receiving his diploma