Dean Elizabeth Hudson and the College of Arts, Media and Design are proud to celebrate the academic accomplishments of our 2018 graduates at our second graduation ceremony on Friday, May 4 at 3:30 p.m. This is an exciting time for all of us—one filled with pride for the many achievements along with joy and excitement for all that is yet to come. Join us and take part in our tribute to you.

This web page contains the answers to your many questions surrounding CAMD’s graduation celebration. We hope you find it useful and refer back here as the day approaches.

The University Commencement will also take place on May 4 in the morning. We encourage undergraduates to attend both the CAMD graduation and the University Commencement!

Be on the lookout for emails coming from CAMD and the University throughout the year with more graduation and Commencement information.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT REGISTRATION

For undergraduate students, participating in the CAMD Graduation requires a two-part registration.

First, all eligible undergraduate degree candidates must complete the Northeastern Graduation Application. For more information regarding the Graduation Application click here or contact your academic advisor.

Then, once you have done that, to also participate in CAMD’s graduation ceremony on May 4, you must complete the CAMD Graduation Registration in the right-hand sidebar on this page by April 15, 2018. There will be no exception to the April 15 registration deadline.

GRADUATE STUDENT REGISTRATION

For graduate students, your only ceremony will be the CAMD Graduation and registering is done in one step.

All eligible graduate students should log into myNEU, click on the Self-Service tab and you will find the Commencement box located at the bottom left corner of the screen. Choose the Apply to Graduate option and complete the questionnaire. If you receive an error message or your program information is incorrect, please contact your academic advisor and do not complete the application until it is rectified.

Taking this step will automatically register you for CAMD’s Graduation and you do not have to use the registration form on this page.

CAMD’s COLLEGE-WIDE STUDENT AWARDS 

In addition to the traditional department awards, CAMD will be announcing College-wide awards – two awards for scholarly projects, one by an undergraduate and one by a graduate student; two awards for creative projects, one by an undergraduate and one by a graduate student, and one award for excellence in experiential education. Each winner will receive a $500 award. Award winners will be announced at CAMD’s Graduation ceremony on May 4. 

If I’m in a Certificate Program, can I participate?

Students in Certificate Program for Arts Administration and Cultural Entrepreneurship are not eligible to participate in the University’s commencement ceremony and will not have the option to complete the University’s graduation application form. However, they may participate in CAMD’s graduation ceremony. Certificate program graduates with additional questions should reach out to Moki Smith at mk.smith@northeastern.edu.

Do I need to purchase a cap and gown?

Graduates do not need to order or purchase a cap and gown. Once a student has completed the University’s Graduation Application, they will automatically receive a cap and gown. To participate in the CAMD graduation ceremony, all students must wear a cap and gown. Caps and gowns for undergraduate and graduate students may be picked up at the Cabot Center/Solomon Court on Tuesday, May 1 or Wednesday, May 2 between 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

A student ID or comparable identification is needed to pick up your cap and gown.

University Honor Cords may be picked up with caps and gowns.

What if I have a combined major and/or double major?

If you have a combined major and/or double major, you will walk across the stage once; however, both degree accomplishments will be announced when your name is called. You must select one department to march with. Declare on your application for graduation and CAMD registration form the degree/program in which you want to march.

Where can I get graduation photographs?

Grad Images is the official photographer for graduation. Proofs will be available to view online and can be ordered online, by phone or by mail. Grad Images can be contacted at www.gradimages.com.

What if I am no longer planning to march?

If you registered for CAMD’s graduation registration but have changed your mind, please contact CAMD at 617.373.3682 ASAP or no later than Friday, April 27.

How many tickets can I obtain?

Graduates may invite up to six guests to attend CAMD’s graduation exercises. Admission tickets are free and will be available in the department office that you selected for undergraduate students. Graduate students will receive their tickets electronically.

For those graduates who are unable to pick their guest tickets up, they will be held at a will call table when your guests arrive on graduation day. Tickets are required for admission to Matthews Arena and will be collected at the door. Please plan accordingly when inviting guests to your graduation ceremony; you can be guaranteed only six admission tickets. Fire marshal regulations require every guest, including children (except infants), to have a ticket.

Please be sure you will be able to attend the ceremony before you indicate that you will march, as we reserve seating for all graduates who sign up to march. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

What if I need extra admission tickets?

Graduates will be issued 6 tickets for guests. Because of the large number of graduates we expect to have signed up to march at our graduation ceremony on May 4, we will be unable to provide extra tickets for guest admission to Matthews Arena on the day of the graduation.

A limited number of additional admission tickets for the ceremony (pending availability) may be available beginning Monday, April 30. If available, an email will be sent to registered graduates, both undergraduate and graduate, alerting them of additional ticket availability on the morning of April 30 and where to pick them up. A maximum of two additional tickets per marching graduate will be permitted, based on availability. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Graduates picking up extra tickets must show their student ID.

Do I need a ticket for a child?

All children except infants are required to have an admission ticket.

When should I arrive?

Graduates should plan on arriving no later than 2:45 p.m. and can begin arriving at 2.15 p.m. Doors will open for guests starting at 2:45 p.m. as well. Graduates will be organized into marching lines so that the processional may begin at 3:30 p.m.

The commencement ceremony will conclude around 5:30 p.m.

Can I bring a bag?

For the safety and security of those attending commencement, CAMD is restricting the size of bags that will be allowed into the Arena on Friday, May 4. Any item larger than 12 inches by 12 inches including, but not limited to, large bags, backpacks, packages and large purses, will not be permitted inside and should be left at home. Anyone carrying such an item will be asked to return it to his or her vehicle. These are precautionary measures and are not in response to a specific threat. Thank you for your cooperation.

What is the dress code?

There is no formal dress code. Business casual is recommended. Graduates should wear appropriate clothing and comfortable footwear.

What do I do if I or my guest has special needs (i.e. mobility, hearing, etc) that need to be accommodated?

Please e-mail all details to Richard Coren at r.coren@northeastern.edu at least a week prior to the ceremony so that we may further accommodate you. If you do not provide notice of special needs prior to the ceremony, we will not be able to guarantee designated seating and assistance.

Regarding Mobility: Matthews Arena is fully handicap accessible and designated seating will be available in the ballroom to those with wheelchairs and guests traveling with them.

Regarding Hearing:  We will have two ASL sign language interpreters at the front of the stage during the ceremony.

How many tickets can I obtain?

All registered graduates may invite up to six guests to attend CAMD’s graduation exercises. Admission tickets are free and will be available for undergraduates to pick up in their department office; graduate students will receive electronic tickets. Tickets are required for admission to Matthews Arena and will be collected at the door. For students who are unable to pick their guest tickets up, they will be held at a will call table when you arrive, under your student’s name, on graduation day. Fire marshal regulations require every guest, including children (except infants), to have a ticket.

What if I need extra admission tickets?

Graduates will be issued 6 tickets for guests. Because of the large number of graduates we expect to have signed up to march at our graduation ceremony on May 4, we will be unable to provide extra tickets for guest admission to Matthews Arena on the day of the graduation.

A limited number of additional admission tickets for the ceremony may be available beginning Monday, April 30. A maximum of two additional tickets (pending availability) per marching graduate will be permitted. Graduates will be notified of availability on April 30. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Do I need a ticket for a child?

All children except infants are required to have an admission ticket.

What hotels are nearby?

For your convenience we have grouped hotels in proximity to Northeastern. Please click here to view hotels in and around the Northeastern area.

What is the dress code?

There is no formal dress code. Business casual is recommended. Graduates should wear appropriate clothing and comfortable footwear.

Can I bring a bag?

For the safety and security of those attending commencement, CAMD is restricting the size of bags that will be allowed into the Arena on Friday, May 4. Any item larger than 12 inches by 12 inches including, but not limited to, large bags, backpacks, packages and large purses, will not be permitted inside and should be left at home. Anyone carrying such an item will be asked to return it to his or her vehicle. These are precautionary measures and are not in response to a specific threat. Thank you for your cooperation.

When should I arrive?

Graduates should plan on arriving no later than 2:45 p.m. Guests may also arrive starting at 2:45 p.m. Guests must be seated in the ballroom by 3:15 p.m. to allow the graduation processional to enter the ballroom without disruption.

The commencement ceremony will conclude around 5:30 p.m.

For Handicapped Guests:

Matthews Arena is fully handicap-accessible. Designated seating will be available in the ballroom for wheelchair guests and other guests traveling with them. Graduates should email Richard Coren at r.coren@northeastern.edu a week prior to the ceremony to alert us if any guests have special needs.

Will there be a sign language interpreter?

We will have two ASL sign language interpreters at the front of the stage during the ceremony.

Will there be refreshments served?

Light refreshments will be available in the ballroom immediately following the graduation ceremony.

Where can I get graduation photographs?

Grad Images is the official photographer for graduation. Proofs will be available to view online and can be ordered online, by phone or by mail. Grad Images can be contacted at www.gradimages.com.

To show respect for and to honor all our graduates, we ask that all graduates and their guests remain in their seats throughout the entire ceremony, which is expected to conclude around 5:30 p.m. Administration and graduates will exit first. Guests will follow after the recessional ends.

Guests may take photographs from their seats; however, they will not be allowed in the stage or aisle areas. A professional photographer will be near the stage to take photographs of all graduates as they approach the stage and as they receive their certificates.

Alcohol is not permitted. Ushers will be present to seize any alcohol and to prohibit any graduate who may have already consumed alcohol from participating in the ceremony.

Cell phones and pagers should be turned off or operate in silent mode during the ceremony.

Matthews Arena

238-262 St. Botolph Street, Boston, Massachusetts, Boston
Formerly known as the Boston Arena, this icehouse gave birth to the Boston Bruins, the New England Whalers and introduced the Boston Celtics. In keeping with Northeastern University’s desire to improve the versatility of the facility, a new 90′ x 200′ ice surface was installed, providing the varsity men’s and women’s ice hockey teams the largest playing surface in Boston. Northeastern also holds major events, such as graduation ceremonies, concerts and lectures in Matthews.

Matthews Arena Map