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NIUs Convocation Center, located at 1525 W. Lincoln Highway sits empty. Graduation will be held May 10 for graduate students and May 11 for undergraduates at the NIU Convocation Center. (Northern Star file photo)

NIU seniors compare high school graduations to senior ones

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | May 3, 2024

Editor's Note: This is part of a larger series, "Looking back at the Class of 2020" that asks 3 senior graduates about their experience graduating during COVID-19 and how they feel graduating now. DeKALB – Four years after a global pandemic that...

Emma Walsh sits in the NIU Honors Program Lounge in the Peter Campus Life Building. Walsh attended St. Charles East High School and will graduate with a bachelors degree in Business Administration. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

Looking back at the class of 2020: Emma Walsh

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | May 3, 2024

What did your senior year look like before the pandemic? “I feel like I made the most of my college experience as much as I could. I did like a lot of sports, I did band, I did the pit orchestra for the musical — I was in a lot of clubs.” Do...

Rohan Francis sits at a table in the Neptune Lounge. Francis attended Plainfield North High School and will graduate with a bachelors degree in Business Administration. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

Looking back at the class of 2020: Rohan Francis

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | May 3, 2024

What did your senior year look like before the pandemic? “One of my assistant band directors, he used to go to the YMCA which is where I would go to the gym like every evening. And so I'd see him there occasionally and he was like, ‘hey, do you...

The molted exoskeleton of a cicada nymph is left behind in the grass. The emergence of cicada broods offer us a unique opportunity to celebrate big change in our own lives. (Lucy Atkinson | Northern Star)

Embrace the cicada swarms

By Lucy Atkinson, Opinion Editor | April 23, 2024

As seniors get ready to graduate, cicadas are preparing for a brilliant graduation of their own. When they come crashing through the Midwest — get ready — we’re in for a fantastic show, and maybe we can learn something from the curious insects along...

Home page of Navigate Student system. The software  encourages student success and connections between faculty and students.

Navigate Student encourages student success

By Elisa Reamer | February 18, 2022

DeKALB — NIU launched Navigate Student on Feb. 15 to encourage student success, make it easier for students and faculty to connect and improve graduation rates. Students can access Navigate Student through the App Store, Google Play or the web.  The...

A message to graduating seniors

A message to graduating seniors

Hello seniors. We didn’t think it’d end this way, did we? You’re in your final week of your NIU career, and finals may be pretty low on your list of priorities. With graduation postponed until at least August, the realization that it is the end...

Trump’s Western swing to highlight Olympics, 2020 campaign

By ZEKE MILLER | February 13, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will be briefed on preparations for the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles and raise millions for his reelection campaign next week as part of a three-day, four-state swing to Western states.The White House says Trump...

United Airlines buys flight academy to gain source of pilots

By DAVID KOENIG | February 5, 2020

United Airlines said Wednesday it is buying a flight academy to help produce a new supply of trained pilots, an unusual approach to deal with the wave of retirements now hitting the airline industry.United will take over the Westwind School of Aeronautics...

Students must submit reply form for graduation

By Northern Star staff | April 11, 2016

Students who plan to attend a May commencement ceremony must submit an online reply form by 4 p.m. April 18.Filling out the online reply form/RSVP does not reserve guest tickets for the May commencement ceremonies.Undergraduates may submit their reply...

Graduation application deadline approaching for undergraduates

By Northern Star staff | January 27, 2016

The last day to apply for May graduation is Monday, according to the Registration and Record Division of Academic Affairs website.Students who are graduating in August, but wish to walk in the May commencement ceremony, must also apply by Monday. Graduate...

Pass/Fail: Non-traditional office gives awards; Proposed energy solution not viable

By Tim Bullen | October 20, 2014

Pass: Non-traditional office gives awardsThe Off-Campus and Non-Traditional Student Services Department helps non-traditional students remain notified of all of NIU’s campus programs, resources and information.The Off-Campus and Non-Traditional Student...

Appreciate time spent in college

By Danny Cozzi | May 4, 2014

If I learned anything about life over the past four years, it’s that time escapes a lot easier than I expected.Time is this intangible but vital part of life we depend on so much, and yet it slips through our fingers like running water.When I leave...