Graduation/Commencement, Applying for Your Degree

Creighton University Commencement

Official Commencement website

ATTN: GRADUATES - Apply for Graduation through the NEST > Student Services > Student Records > Degree Application and Graduation Participation.



  • Students who have been verified to graduate in May 2021 will have a degree conferral date of May 15, 2021, regardless of the end date of their Spring courses.
  • Diplomas for students graduating in May will be mailed the week of June 7 and should be received by the student during the week of June 14.
  • Diplomas will be mailed to the address listed on your degree application, unless you indicate otherwise.
    • Check your Graduation Diploma Address on NEST under Personal Information>Addresses and Phone Numbers.
  • If you are expecting your diploma but have not received it by June 21, please contact us at
  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, graduates will NOT be able to pick up diplomas at the Registrar's Office.
  • For undergraduate and graduate students, e-diplomas will be emailed to the student's Creighton email address approximately May 21, 2021.
    • Graduates of other programs will receive e-diplomas after June 7.


  • For your degree to be conferred you MUST submit a "Degree Application and Graduation Participation" by the deadline.
  • Degree Applications are required for all graduates, regardless of whether or not you plan to participate in a ceremony.
  • To apply, Log in to the NEST > Student Services > Student Records > Degree Application and Graduation Participation.
  • Deans of the respective Creighton University Schools and Colleges are responsible for approving their candidates for graduation.


  • May degree candidates - Due February 15 regardless of ceremony participation
  • August candidates - March 15 if participating in commencement or June 15 if not participating in commencement.
  • December candidates - March 15 if participating in commencement prior to completion or October 15 if participating in commencement following completion or not participating

Contact Dana in the Registrar's Office at 402.280.2675 or with questions.


  • Commencement is held annually in May.
  • Students who complete their degrees in the Spring Semester are expected to be present at Commencement to receive their degrees.
  • Students who complete their degree programs in the Fall Semester may attend Commencement in May following completion or in the preceding May if approved by their Dean.
  • Students who complete their degree requirements during the Summer are encouraged to attend Commencement the preceding May (if approved by their Dean) or may attend the May Commencement following completion. 
  • Diplomas of August and December graduates will be mailed upon confirmation by the respective Dean that the student has completed all degree requirements.