Commencement Information 2021-04-29T09:39:27+00:00

Commencement Information

Northwestern State University will hold six spring commencement ceremonies beginning on Wednesday May 5-Friday, May 7 in Prather Coliseum. Masks are required for all individuals entering the building.

Ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 5-Friday, May 7.  The ceremonies will be live streamed at www.nsula.edu and will be recorded.

Armbands will not be required to attend any of the six commencement ceremonies and graduates will not be limited to the number of guests in attendance.

Everyone must wear a mask to enter the building.  Guests will be directed to their seats and families who wish to sit together must enter the building together.

Saving seats will not be allowed. Guests are asked to remain seated for the duration of the ceremony if possible.

Graduates will enter the main door of the Coliseum and will be escorted to their seats.

There will be no graduate procession.

Guests for graduates with last names beginning with A-L should use entrance and exits on the east side of Prather Coliseum, the side facing the tennis courts.

Guests for graduates with last names beginning with M-Z should use entrance and exits on the west side of Prather Coliseum, the side facing the Kappa Sigma House.

ADA accessibility entrance is on the West side.

Graduates and guests should plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to each ceremony.

Graduation Ceremonies

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

10:00 A.M. Ceremony

College of Nursing and School of Allied Health (Bachelor and Associate Degrees)

BAS – Allied Health
BS – Radiologic Sciences
BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing
ASN – Associate of Science in Nursing

2 p.m. Ceremony

Graduate School (Graduate Degrees)
College of Arts and Sciences

MA – Art, English
MM – Music
MS – Homeland Security

College of Nursing and School of Allied Health

DNP – Doctor of Nursing Practice
MS – Radiologic Sciences
MSN – Master of Science in Nursing

Gallaspy Family College of Education & Human Development

EDD – Adult Learning and Development
EDS – Educational Leadership and Instruction
MA – Adult Learning & Development, Counseling, Student Affairs in Higher Education
MAT – Early Childhood Education Grades PK-3, Elementary Education Grades 1-5, Elementary Education and Special Education Mild/Moderate Grades 1-5, Middle School Education Grades 4-8, Middle School Education and Special Education Mild/Moderate Grades 4-8, Secondary Education Grades 6-12, Secondary Education and Special Education Mild/Moderate Grades 6-12
MED – Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Educational Technology Leadership, Special Education
MS – Health and Human Performance, Psychology-Clinical

Thursday, May 6, 2021

10:00 A.M. Ceremony

College of Business and Technology (Bachelor Degrees)

BS – Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Hospitality Management & Tourism

2 p.m. Ceremony

Gallaspy Family College of Education & Human Development (Bachelor Degrees)

BME – Music Education-Instrumental-Grades K-12, Music Education-Vocal-Grades K-12, Music Education-Vocal/Instrumental -Grades K-12
BS – Addiction Studies, Child and Family Studies, Early Childhood Education-Grades Pre-K-3, Elementary Education-Grades 1-5, Health and Exercise Science, Health and Physical Education-Grades K-12, Psychology, Secondary Education and Teaching
BSW – Social Work

Friday, May 7, 2021

10 a.m. Ceremony

College of Arts and Sciences (Bachelor of General Studies and Associate Degrees)

BGS – General Studies
AD – Veterinary Technology
AGS – Associate of General Studies
AS – Engineering Technology

Louisiana Scholars’ College – Bachelor Degrees

BA – Communication, Criminal Justice, English, History, Liberal Arts
BFA – Fine & Graphic Arts
BM – Music
BME – Music Education-Instrumental-Grades K-12, Music Education-Vocal-Grades K-12
BS – Accounting, Applied Microbiology, Biology, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Electronic Engineering Technology, Elementary Education-Grades 1-5, Health and Exercise Science, Hospitality Management and Tourism, Industrial Engineering Technology, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Psychology, Secondary Education and Teaching, Theatre, Unified Public Safety Administration
BSW – Social Work

2 P.M. Ceremony

College of Arts and Sciences (Bachelor Degrees)

BA – Communication, Criminal Justice, English, History, Liberal Arts
BFA – Dance, Fine and Graphic Arts
BM – Music
BS – Applied Microbiology, Biology, Electronics Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering Technology, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Theatre, Unified Public Safety Administration