Fall and Spring Commencement photo

Commencement Information

Commencement Information

The Spring 2021 Commencement Ceremony will take place on

May 8, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Ranger Football Field.

Procedures for the outdoor spring commencement ceremony:

  • There will be no restrictions on the number of  guests for the outdoor event at Ranger Field. 
  • Face coverings for the graduates and for faculty will be required during the academic march and while standing in line to walk the stage.  Graduates and faculty will be able to remove their face covering while seated and while walking the stage to take a picture with President Cunningham.  Guests in the stands will be encouraged to wear a face covering. 
  • Social distancing will be possible with seating available on the east and west sides.   
  • The parking tiers on the south end will also be available for people to park and watch the ceremony from their vehicle.  The tier parking is  first-come-first serve availability unless handicap parking is needed.  Handicap parking will be available on the first tier.  

Should there be inclement weather, the commencement exercises may be delayed in order to retain the event at Ranger Field. If delay is not possible, the ceremony will be relocated to Percefull Fieldhouse (Alva campus -- See information below). Face coverings and social distancing will be required inside the buildings.  Admission to the Fieldhouse will be by ticket only.  Seats will be held until 10:15 A.M.; after that time, all remaining seats will be opened to non-ticket holders.  Tickets were provided to each graduate. Each guest will be required to present a ticket to occupy a seat. Children three and under will be allowed to sit in a family member's lap and will not be required to present a ticket.


Northwestern’s students who will be graduating must pay their degree application fees and complete a degree application that is to be returned to the Registrar’s office in Herod Hall.  

The traditional cap, gowns for all students and hoods for graduate students can be purchased from Northwestern’s Bookstore located in the Student Center on the Alva campus. Students will need to inform the bookstore of their height.

The fall commencement exercises take place generally on a Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in Percefull Fieldhouse. The spring commencement takes place on a Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Ranger Football field, depending on the weather.

Both fall and spring commencement exercises will have a livestream feed the day of the ceremony and can be found here.

Spring Commencement Procedures for Inclement Weather

University procedures for inclement weather for spring graduation is to move the commencement ceremony from the Ranger Football Field to inside Percefull Fieldhouse. Commencement will be held in two separate ceremonies once officials have moved the event indoors. The first ceremony will host DNP, master's, and school of education students. The second ceremony will host the professional school (business and nursing) and school of arts and sciences students. Official times for these ceremonies will be posted once announced.

Spring ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m. The doors open at 9 a.m. All ticketed guests are asked to be seated by 10:15 a.m.

Each person who occupies a seat, including infants and children, will be required to have a ticket. After 10:15, non-ticketed guests will be allowed entry as space permits. Ticketed guests arriving after 10:15 will be allowed to enter and will receive priority as space permits. No more guests will be allowed entry once the arena is determined full.

The ticket system is used only if the spring commencement ceremony must be moved inside. If ceremony is moved inside, COVID protocols will take place. There is a possibility that a limited number will be accommodated in Percefull Fieldhouse. 

The commencement ceremony also will be shown on a video feed in Herod Hall Auditorium, and guests are invited to watch. The ceremony also will be available for viewing online at www.youtube.com/NWOSURangers .

Graduates are asked to meet in the small gym of the Health and Sports Science Education building by 9:45 a.m., for ceremony instructions.

Graduates and guests with state-issued handicapped parking permits are invited to park in the parking lot between Percefull Fieldhouse and Vinson Hall. A ramped entry into Percefull Fieldhouse is on the north side.


Commencement Photos

Photos from commencement, as well as the pinning ceremonies for nursing and education, are available at https://nwosucommencement.shutterfly.com/ or copy and paste the link directly in the address line once you get to Shutterfly.

You should be able to click on the photo you want and a drop down menu will appear to allow you download that photo directly to your computer and print it wherever you want to. Shutterfly also allows you to print directly from their site. In order to download you will need to create a FREE account to Shutterfly because it will ask you to sign in to download.

All commencement photos from both the fall and spring semester ceremonies are located here dating back to snapshots during the Fall 2004 ceremony. We only started shooting digital photos of the actual commencement ceremony in Fall 2005. All other commencement photos were shot on film, and a print was mailed to the graduate along with the negative.

Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association

After graduation, you will receive a free one-year membership to Northwestern’s Foundation and Alumni Association, compliments of the foundation!

Just because you graduated, doesn’t mean you aren’t still a part of the Ranger Family! Interested in giving back to the program that helped you achieve your dream? Want to know more about how to stay involved with Northwestern as an alum? Reconnect, renew your membership or get involved with our NWOSU Foundation and Alumni Association here

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