Seattle Campus Graduation

Wednesday May 24, 2023 | 3:00 P.M. PDT

Join the Seattle community in celebration of the achievements of the graduating class. This year’s celebration recognizes the accomplishments of students completing their degree between December 2022 and August  2023.

What is included in the regalia?

Regalia consists of a mortarboard cap, gown, and tassel. Graduate and doctoral students will also receive a hood for their degree. All regalia are complimentary and students can keep them after the ceremonies.

Can I have someone else pick up my cap and gown?

Yes, someone else can pick up your cap and gown. More information on the pickup process will be available by May 2023.  They do not have to be a Northeastern student to pick up.

Can I receive my regalia earlier or mailed?

No, regalia will not be made available until the scheduled pick–up dates and times. 

Please email if you have an emergency.

Cap and gown for the Class of 2023 will only be available to pick up at the 225 building during the open dates and times. We cannot guarantee that the mailed regalia will be delivered in time for the Commencement ceremony. 

Can I customize my mortarboard?

Yes! We encourage graduates to decorate and customize their mortarboard. Please be mindful to have appropriate decorations since this is a family event. 

Additionally, we are hosting Cap Decorating events on Monday, May  22nd, 2023, and Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023 at the 225 building during cap and gown pick up. More information will be emailed to students in May.

Can I receive my regalia if I am not attending the ceremony?

A cap and gown will only be available for pick up to students attending the commencement ceremony.

What if I do not pick up my cap and gown in time for Commencement?

We highly recommend you pick up your cap and gown prior to the ceremony or have someone else pick it up on your behalf.

Regalia is required to wear at the Commencement ceremony and if you arrive without it, we cannot guarantee you will be provided a proper cap and gown. A very limited supply may be available on the day of the ceremony. 

What if I lose my cap and gown?

If you lose an item of regalia, you can return it to your cap and gown pick-up location during the open pick-up dates and hours to replace the lost item. 

We cannot guarantee cap and gown sizes as only a limited number of extra regalia will be available. 

International flags

At the Commencement Ceremony each year, we celebrate Northeastern’s diverse and global graduating class by asking graduates to wave flags representing their home country, a location they did a global experience or a place of importance to them.  Flags will be available when you pick up your cap and gown. Please send any questions or concerns to

Countdown to Commencement








Benaroya Hall

Taper Auditorium

Commencement Website. 

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2023 Graduation Venue Information

When and where will Northeastern in Seattle Commencement ceremony be held?

Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 3:00 p.m.
Benaroya Hall
200 University St., Seattle, WA, 98101

What is the dress code for the ceremony?

We recommend business casual attire for graduates and guests. Regalia is required for all graduates who are attending.


Are animals allowed in the venue?

Service dogs are welcome. We recommend aisle seating for patrons with service animals to allow sufficient room for them to sit or lay down. Please contact the Ticket Office at 206.215.4747 or with any questions or concerns.

Is Benaroya Hall accessible?

Benaroya Hall is barrier-free and meets or exceeds all criteria established by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Requests for accommodations should be made when requesting tickets. 

Where can I park at Benaroya Hall?

Benaroya has a robust web page on parking. Please check it out by clicking this link (here).

Where can I find information about Health and Safety at Benaroya?

As of July 18, 2022, Benaroya strongly recommends that everyone continue to wear a mask at all times inside the hall. If you have any questions about our safety measures and their potential impact on your concert experience, please get in touch with the Ticket Office at 206.215.4747 or visit the website (here). 

What amenities will you offer during the ceremony?

We will have designated lounges for guests who need a quiet place to watch the ceremony. 

2023 Ceremony Prep Information

Where can I find general information about Cap and Gowns?

Commencement regalia will be ordered for you based on the information you submit when you register for graduation.  You will pick up your regalia on campus in the days preceding the Commencement ceremony.  For general information on regalia check out the Northeastern Commencement webpage (here)

Where can I find general information about Diplomas?

Please check out the Northeastern Commencement webpage (here)

How can I invite family members who live internationally?

We recommend reaching out to the local U.S. consulate within the country that your family members are in to apply for a visitor visa. Click here to view visa appointment wait times.

Unfortunately, the University does not provide letters to graduates as a means for their guests to apply for a visa from their country to attend a graduation ceremony.  The Office of Global Services recommends using copies of the following documents instead:

Can I decorate my graduation cap?

Yes! We will set up an optional craft station for graduates closer to graduation. 

How do I get a flag?
At our Commencement ceremonies across the world, we celebrate Northeastern’s diverse and global graduating class.

You may choose to carry (and wave!) up to 5 country flags that represent you!

Click Here

Are their any College specific celebration happening for graduation?

Each college will have the opportunity to celebrate with festivities across Northeastern’s Seattle campus.

A full schedule of events will be provided at a later date.

How do I get a Donor Medal or cord?
  • Any graduating student who donates $20.23 total before commencement will receive a donor medal.
  • Donate any amount and receive a donor cord.
  • Need more info?  Contact

2023 Graduation Guest Information

Can I visit Northeastern in Seattle's Campus?

Students may visit either of our front desks during operating hours to check in guests.  Guests must stay with their host at all times while on campus

Do you recommend any area hotels or have courtesy blocks on any hotels for the graduation weekend?

More information to come.

Will you live stream this event?


More information will be shared soon!

Graduation Timeline

There are several steps to take to be all ready for the Seattle ceremony. Be sure to review the details below carefully to ensure you are registered for our ceremony.

Complete the “Apply to Graduate” process through the registrar’s office. Deadlines are dependent on your academic program. If you have any issues please get in touch with your academic advisor.

Nominate a student speaker! More information to come

Attend the Prepare to Graduate Event on Feb 15th at 10 am. 

Group of students in regalia

Tickets & Registration

2022 NU in Seattle Graduation Pictures

Make sure you apply to graduate and then be sure and register to attend your ceremony when you receive the link in February. This is also how you will request your guest tickets.

Celebration Day

Come to campus on May 22nd, 2023 for a series of self-taken photo opportunities and backdrops. This is a great chance to get photos with friends and show out of town guests the Seattle campus.

No registration needed.







We will be updating this page regularly. Please check often for updates!