Frequently Asked Questions 2021-04-05T07:45:21+00:00

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

Each graduate will be allowed four guests in an effort to maintain all Phase 3 social distancing measures.

Guests must enter Prather Coliseum at the same time to be seated together.

Anyone entering the Coliseum must be wearing a wristband. Children or others without wristbands will not be permitted, due to capacity regulations. NSU asks for your patience and understanding as we adhere to health and safety guidelines.

Yes.  In order to observe all Phase 3 guidelines, all guests must sit together.  All guests must enter Prather Coliseum together and be seated together.

Each graduate must pick up wristbands for their group and show their ID.

Starting Monday, April 26, wristbands will be available during regular business hours (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon Friday) based on your pick-up location selection on the graduation survey.

College of Nursing, Shreveport – Student Services Office, LC 102
Alexandria – NSU Administrative Offices, Suite 158
Leesville – Main Building, Room 108
Natchitoches – Student Services Building Lobby

Monday, May 3 and Tuesday, May 4, guest wrist bands for graduation can be picked up by the graduate at the Student Services Center, Natchitoches campus, from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  On Wednesday, May 5, Thursday, May 6 and Friday, May, 7, guest wristbands can be picked up at Turpin Stadium Will-Call Booth from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.   The ticket booth is located on the west side/southwest corner of Turpin Stadium.

If you are a spring 2021 graduate you can contact the Natchitoches bookstore at (318) 238-3630 or email 1671mgr@follett.com to order your cap and gown. You can also email the Shreveport bookstore at 2061mgr@follett.com

Participation in commencement is mandatory for Spring graduates.  However, if a problem arises and you are unable to attend, notify the University Registrar’s Office in writing no later than April 23, 2021. Please list your full name, campus wide ID number or social security number, the address to which you want your diploma mailed, and sign your statement. Mail or fax the notice to the University Registrar’s Office. A form letter is provided here for your convenience.

The form may be faxed to (318) 357-5823, emailed to registrar@nsula.edu or mailed to Northwestern State University, University Registrar’s Office Natchitoches, LA 71497.

Yes.  The bookstore will exchange your previously purchased cap and gown with a new one in the correct color.  Please call (318) 238-3630 or email 1671mgr@follett.com for assistance.

Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to each ceremony.

Guests should also arrive at least 30 minutes prior to each ceremony.  Guests must enter the Coliseum together and be seated together as a group.

Everyone must wear masks inside the Coliseum. Graduates will enter the front of Prather Coliseum, check in and be escorted to their seat.  There will be no processional.

Guests are asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines between families/groups. Hand sanitizing stations will be available.  Prather Coliseum will be disinfected between ceremonies.

Parking is available around Prather Coliseum.

Graduates should enter the main door of Prather Coliseum where they will sign in and 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. (See map below.)

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. (See map below.)

Each group of 4 guests should plan to enter the Coliseum together and will be seated together. Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to each ceremony.

All ceremonies will be livestreamed at www.nsula.edu and recorded. Graduates who wish to purchase a graduation DVD should click here for information. The DVDs will be mailed out in June.