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Commencement Information

Commencement Booklet
The Commencement Booklet contains detailed information on Commencement. It is highly recommended that all graduating students review the booklet. 

Commencement Checklist for Graduates
Please review the Commencement Checklist for information regarding academic attire, fees and other information detailing out other commencement requirements.

Lost or Stolen Items
Graduates, please leave your cell phone, purse and other personal items with family or friends. NSU does not have a location to store these or other items. NSU is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Commencement Information

  • Commencement Length

    The ceremony is approximately 2-2.5 hours.
  • Commencement Arrival Time

    The gates to Price Stadium will open at 8:00 a.m. to the general public. The ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. 

  • Parking

    Parking will be available throughout the campus. Shuttle services will be available to transport guests from parking lots to Price Stadium

Commencement Attendees

  • General Public

    • Plan to be at the ceremony at least 30 minutes before the posted ceremony start time.
    • Price Stadium gates will open at 8:00 a.m.
    • Commencement tickets are not required for entry to Price Stadium.
    • Please contact your graduate regarding a ceremony ticket.
  • Lost or Stolen Items

    NSU is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Ticket Information

*Additional tickets will not be distributed prior to commencement day. No exceptions. Please do not call the Office of University Events to inquire about additional tickets.

  • Commencement Ticket Information

    The 102nd Commencement will be held in William “Dick” Price Football Stadium on campus. Commencement tickets are not required for entry to Price Stadium.

    If there is inclement weather and the commencement ceremony is relocated to the rain site (Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall Arena), all guests will be required to have a ticket in order to gain access to the arena. Each graduate will be given an allotment of tickets for Echols Hall at the commencement rehearsal. Distribution of rain site tickets is solely the responsibility of the graduate. Extra tickets will not be available.

    In the event of inclement weather, decisions about relocating the ceremony to the rain site will be made by 6 a.m. commencement day.

  • Ticket Pick up

    Graduates may pick up their tickets at commencement rehearsal on Friday, May 4. Please bring a printed copy showing that you have completed the Graduating Student Exit Survey and your Student ID.

    *Please note: Ceremony tickets are only necessary for the rain site.

  • Extra Additional Tickets

    Unfortunately, no extra tickets are available for this commencement ceremony.

    *Please note: Ceremony tickets are only necessary for the rain site.

Graduate Information

  • Commencement Arrival Time

    Graduates should arrive to campus starting at 7:00 a.m. to pick up name cards from the ticket windows at Price Stadium.

  • Commencement Rehearsal

    Commencement Rehearsal will be on Friday, May 4 at 9:00 a.m. in Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall Arena.

  • Dress Requirements for Graduates

    From page 12 of the Commencement Booklet: "All students are required to wear academic attire (cap, gown, hood, and tassel) with the exception of ROTC students. Men will wear dark suits, white shirts, dark ties, and black shoes. Women will wear black dresses or pants under their robes, black shoes, skin tone or dark hose, and no jewelry (exception: watches, rings, and small stud earrings). No signs, symbols, corsages, decorative or other extraneous items are to be attached to the mortar board or robe." 

  • Identification

    Please bring your Student Identification card and wear the appropriate academic attire.


  • Participating Faculty

    Faculty members should arrive to Spartan Suites Conference Room for line up by 8:30 a.m. Full academic regalia (robe, hood and cap) is required for those participating in the academic processional.

    Appropriate business attire should be worn under the robes. Athletic gear and/or casual wear are prohibited. Please allow extra time as all individuals participating in commencement will use the same entry and security check points.

Photographs & Videos

  • Commencement Photos & Videos

    Share your achievements with family and friends. Here are links to view or order graduation day photos or videos.

  • Photographs

    You may take photos from the bleacher/balcony sections only. Please do not block the aisles or passageways by attempting to greet or take photos with graduates. Please remain in your seats for the duration of the ceremony.

    No one other than those who have been issued a “Press Pass” will be allowed to take pictures on the field.

  • Professional Photography

    Professional photographs will be taken of each graduate as they walk the stage to shake the officiant's hand and receive their diploma cover. Proofs and purchase information will be mailed or emailed directly to each graduate at the address that is provided on the back of the name card. Name cards will be distributed at 7:00 a.m. on Commencement Day.


The following is a listing of hotels/motels in the vicinity of Norfolk State University. We suggest that you make reservations as early as possible to ensure that lodging will be available. This listing does not imply a recommendation.

  • Hotels/Motels in Vicinity of NSU

    Many establishments provide a discounted rate for visitors attending NSU Commencement, be sure to inquire with your reservation agent. Information on rates and directions should be secured by calling the numbers listed.

    Aloft Chesapeake: 145 Crossways Blvd, Chesapeake, VA.
    Phone: (757) 410-9562

    Norfolk Waterside Marriott: 235 E Main Street, Norfolk, VA.
    Phone: (757) 627-4200

    Wyndham Garden Downtown: 700 Monticello Avenue, Norfolk, VA.
    Phone: (757) 627-5555

    Courtyard Norfolk Downtown: 520 Plume Street, Norfolk, VA.
    Phone: (757) 963-6000

    Sheraton Norfolk Waterside: 777 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA.
    Phone: (757) 622-6664

    Hilton Airport Norfolk: 1500 North Military Highway, Norfolk, VA.
    Phone: (757) 466-8000

    Norfolk Marriott Chesapeake: 725 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake, VA.
    Phone: (757) 523-1500

    Crowne Plaza Virginia Beach Town Center: 4453 Bonney Road, Virginia Beach, VA.
    Phone: (877) 270-1393

    Holiday Inn Virginia Beach-Norfolk Hotel and Conference Center: 5655 Greenwich Road, Virginia

    CandleWood Suites Norfolk Airport: 5600 Lowery Road Norfolk, VA.
    Phone: (757) 605-4001 or (888) 226-3539

    This listing does not imply a recommendation.