Commencement 2021

Graduation 2021 Update - April 30, 2021

Dear NU Graduates,

With the recent easing of pandemic restrictions from the Governor's office, we are proceeding with our plans to host all graduation ceremonies in person at the outdoor amphitheatre of Artpark. All graduates will be able to invite TWO guests to their ceremony. All students will be able to log on to a specific link by using their student ID number. The link for each ceremony will be sent next week.

The following protocols are required

  1. All graduates and guests MUST present proof of a negative COVID 19 test result to designated employees upon arrival to the Ceremony. Rapid tests are valid only 6 hours prior to an event and the PCR test must be completed no more than 72 hours prior to the event.
  2. It is the responsibility of each attendee to be tested ahead of the event. There will not be rapid testing available at the site or on the Niagara University campus.
  3. As an alternative to the testing requirement, graduates and guests may provide proof of having completed the COVID-19 vaccination series at least 14 days prior to the date of the Ceremony.
  4. Use of the New York State Excelsior pass is recommended to verify negative COVID 19 test results or proof of vaccination.
  5. A survey will be sent out prior to the ceremony requesting the name, address, date of birth, email address and phone number of all guests.
  6. A health questionnaire will be sent to all guests. Proof of completion must be presented at the gate to enter.
  7. All guests will have their temperature taken upon arrival. Guests with a temperature greater than 100.4 will not be allowed entry nor will guests within their parties.
  8. MASKS are required to be worn during the entire ceremony, except when eating or drinking at your seat.
  9. Social distancing will be strictly enforced.
  10. Individuals who do not have a ticket, a negative COVID 19 test or proof of vaccination, or mask, WILL NOT BE ADMITTED. 
May 19, 2021 Athletics Awards Ceremony Gallagher Gym 7:00pm
May 20, 2021 Graduate ceremony ArtPark 7:30pm
May 21, 2021 Nursing Pinning Ceremonies -
Accelerated Program
Gallagher Gym 9:00am
May 21, 2021 Nursing Pinning Ceremonies -
Traditional 4 Year Nursing Program
Gallagher Gym 11:00am
May 21, 2021 Commencement Liturgy Alumni Chapel
Russell J Salvatore
Dining Commons – overflow
May 21, 2021 ROTC Commissioning Gallagher Gym 5:00pm
May 22, 2021 Undergraduate ceremony
Business Administration, Education, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Nursing
ArtPark 10:00am
May 22, 2021 Undergraduate ceremony
College of Arts and Sciences
ArtPark 3:00pm

The Outdoor Amphitheatre at Artpark
450 South 4th Street
Lewiston, NY 14092