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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to pay the graduation fee, even if I am not participating in the ceremony?

Yes. Anyone graduating from the University is required to pay the graduation fee.

The graduation processing fee is a fee from Northwest that assists with everything related to graduation and Commencement. These costs include but are not limited to:

  • degree conferral on transcripts
  • degree audits and the final graduation audit
  • diploma printing and mailing costs
  • financial aid exit counseling communication and processing
  • correspondence with degree candidates related to graduation and Commencement
  • overhead/man hours/and other expenses 
  • etc.

Where can guests park for graduation?

Free parking is available at most areas on campus the day of graduation.

Any disabled parking spaces must have a state disabled parking permit displayed. 

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Where do the graduates sit?

Graduates will be seated on the arena floor.

What should I do if I have an unusual name to pronounce?

Before you cross the stage, you will hand the reader a card (included with your cap and gown order) that will have your name printed on it. If you think the reader will have a difficult time pronouncing your name, please call the Registrar's Office, at 660.562.1151. You may also e-mail a phonetic spelling to Example: Michaela (mih-kaý-luh)

What time should I be there?

Graduates should arrive no less than 30 minutes before the ceremony.

Where do I go?

All participants should check in at the Student Rec Center located in Lamkin Activity Center.  

Will I have honor cords?

The Registrar's Office has the listing of those graduates who have earned honors. Only undergraduate candidates are given honors.

Is there a dress code?

Business casual

Can my guests take photos during the ceremony?

To allow graduates to safely proceed to and exit the stage area, we ask that no photographs be taken in the aisles.

How long will the ceremony last?

Graduation ceremonies will last approximately 40-45 minutes. 

I haven't received any information about graduation. Who do I need to talk to?

If you do not receive an information letter and feel you should have, please contact the Registrar's Office at 660.562.1151 to check your status.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have questions, please contact us at