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North Shore Community College

Commencement 2018

Information for Graduate Candidates

Commencement Tickets

All graduates who plan to participate in the ceremony will need to secure their ticket online and up to four (4) tickets for their guests. These tickets are required for entrance into the arena. At the time of securing tickets, graduates are able to reserve accommodation tickets for their guests who require special seating accommodations. Tickets are required for entrance into the arena.

Need more than four tickets?
Tickets that have not been claimed by 4:00 pm on Friday, May 18, 2018 will be added to a large pool. On Monday, May 21, 2018 at 8:00 am, graduates can go back into the ticketing system to claim more guest tickets. They will be available only until 4:00 pm on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Tickets will be claimed at first come, first serve basis.

Live Streaming!
The Commencement will be streamed live. Friends and family members who are not are not able to travel to Salem can watch the ceremony from a computer or any mobile device. The link to the live streaming will be posted on the homepage when it becomes available.

Reserve your ticket now!

Where Do Graduation Candidates Assemble?

On the day of the Commencement, candidates must report to the gymnasium in the O’Keefe Center no later than 3:45pm with their cap & gown. Event staff will help candidates by Division and then by academic programs. Faculty marshals will lead candidates to their seats in the arena. Please do not plan on leaving pocketbooks or other valuables unattended at this time. The gymnasium is not secured, and neither North Shore Community College nor Salem State University is responsible for lost or stolen articles.

Cap and Gown Sets

All graduation candidates who plan to participate in the ceremony will need to purchase a cap and gown set at either the Danvers or Lynn Campus Bookstore and bring the set with you to Commencement.

Cap and gown sets are available for purchase until Friday, May 18th at a cost of $20.

Both Campus Bookstore locations will have the following extended hours:

Thursday, May 10, 2018: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday - Wednesday, May 14 - 16, 2018: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Friday, May 18, 2018: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

For more information visit the Campus Bookstore website

Commencement Honors & Honor Society

Commencement Honors
Commencement Honors are awarded to students who have completed degree or certificate requirements with a cumulative College-Level GPA of 3.30 or higher according to the following scale:

4.00 = qualifies a student to graduate summa cum laude (gold cord)
3.90 - 3.99 = qualifies a student to graduate summa cum laude (silver cord)
3.70 - 3.89 = qualifies a student to graduate magna cum laude
3.30 - 3.69 = qualifies a student to graduate cum laude

Silver and gold cords will be distributed between 3:45pm-5:15pm the day of Commencement in the atrium in the O’Keefe Center.

DAPi, PTK, and SIGMA Students
Students who will be or were inducted may have been given a special pin, tassel, stole and/or cord depending on the honor society. These items can be worn over the gown on Commencement Day. Contact information is provided below should you need to place an order. Please note that candidates may be financially responsible for reorders.

  • Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society (DAPi)
    Kendalle Jones, Honor Society Advisor
    Email: kjones@northshore.edu
    Phone: (978) 762-4000 x4461
    Office: Danvers, DH-161

  • Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)
    Orders can be made online by visiting the PTK website.

  • The National Society for Leaders and Success (SIGMA)
    Scott Shea, Assistant Coordinator of Student Engagement
    Email: sshea@northshore.edu
    Phone: (978) 762-4000 x2164
    Office: Lynn, LW-171

Candidates with Confidential Status

If your record is listed as a confidential record in the College’s Student Information System, it WILL NOT appear in the Commencement program or other commencement related materials that are released to the general public. If you would like your name to be included in these and other events, you must rescind your confidential status. To do so, please email records@northshore.edu from your NSCC email account and include your name and date of birth to authorize this update to your records.

Although we are limited by printing deadlines, every effort will be made to include your name in the commencement activities.

Commencement Photos

Grad Images has partnered with the College to take photos of candidates on stage to as they accept the diploma cover. In order for the photographer to reach out to you with your proof and ordering information, you must write your email address on your name card. These name cards will be distributed to you the evening of the event in the gymnasium prior to the procession. Purchasing the photos is voluntary. Questions related to the photos after the ceremony can be forwarded directly to Grad Images.


Diplomas will not be handed out at the Commencement ceremony. They will be available for pickup at the Danvers Enrollment Center approximately 5 weeks after the Commencement provided you have no outstanding financial obligations to the College. Graduation Candidates who wish to pick up their diploma in Lynn will need to submit a formal email request from their NSCC email address to records@northshore.edu.

Potential June graduates enrolled in Summer Session One course(s) will receive their diplomas in July. Confirmation of diploma arrival will be announced via the College’s Facebook and Campus Pipeline.

Questions regarding the pickup of diplomas can be forwarded to records@northshore.edu.

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