August commencement ceremony canceled, university to consider options


Northern Star Staff

DeKALB — NIU announced it will not be able to hold an in-person commencement ceremony in August, according to an email released to graduates by President Lisa Freeman Tuesday. 

The ceremony was originally rescheduled for Aug. 7 and Aug. 8, according to a Northern Star article

“Unfortunately, the number of graduates and guests at a commencement celebration would exceed that allowed at any gathering under the public health guidance developed by state and local health officials,” Freeman wrote in the email.

NIU is considering a possible virtual ceremony or an in-person ceremony at a later date. Graduates can complete the NIU Commencement Survey to share any feedback.  

Illinois is currently in phase three, recovery, of the five-phased reopening plan developed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker. Gatherings are only allowed for 10 people or fewer. Large events, conventions and festivals will be allowed in phase five, according to the Illinois COVID-19 response website

Students who have completed all their degree requirements at the end of the spring semester and over the summer will receive their diploma, diploma cover, graduation tassel and two copies of the commencement program through mail, Freeman wrote in the email. 

Visit the NIU Commencement website for answers to FAQs.