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NHCC Graduates

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Watch Video of the Commencement Ceremony

Click here to watch a recording of the Commencement Ceremony. 

Important Dates

March 20, 2017 First day to pick up Commencement Announcements
March 24, 2017 Deadline to apply for Commencement Student Speaker
April 1, 2017 Deadline to submit Graduation Application
April 19, 2017 Deadline to RSVP for Commencement Ceremony
May 10, 2017 Commencement Ceremony - Graduates arrive between 4:30-6pm, lined up by 7pm; Processional begins at 7:15pm, followed by Ceremony at 7:30pm 

Pre-Commencement Information

Apply to Graduate

Complete the Graduation Application and Follow-Up Survey (included with the graduation application) and return them to the Records & Registration Office (ES 75) by April 1, 2017. 

RSVP for Commencement Ceremony

If you're planning to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, you must sign up in advance by April 19, 2017. Click here to RSVP.

Commencement Student Speaker

We are accepting applications for this year's student Commencement speaker. The selected graduating student will deliver a five-minute address at the Commencement Ceremony. To apply, interested graduates (summer 2016, fall 2016, or spring 2017) must complete an application that includes a brief statement about why they are interested in representing their graduating class. As part of the selection process, applicants will be asked to provide a written copy of their proposed address, and do a read-through with the selection committee. The application deadline is March 24, 2017, and the speaker will be selected and announced in early April.

Commencement Announcements

Free printed announcements (limit of 10) are available to those who have completed the Graduation Application and signed up for Commencement Ceremony, and can be picked up from the Office of Student Life (CC 101) March 20, 2017 through April 24, 2017. International students, if you require a confirmation letter for family overseas, please contact Records and Registration.

Cap & Gown Distribution

Graduates are expected to wear a cap, gown and tassel during the Commencement Ceremony. These items are free of charge, and will be made available the night of the ceremony at the Minneapolis Convention Center between 4:30-6:30pm.

Disability Accommodations

If you require disability accommodations related to participation in the Commencement Ceremony (including special seating for yourself or guests, sign language interpretation, personal audio amplification, etc.), please contact Tom Lynch, Director of Access Services, at 763-493-0556 or TLynch@nhcc.edu May 5, 2017.

Additional Designations

  • Phi Theta Kappa - PTK graduating students may purchase their stole for $24 and tassel for $10 by going to www.ptk.org (under store, then graduation). Please allow 5-7 days for FedEx delivery. Contact Karen Roam, Honors Coordinator, at KRoam@nhcc.edu for all questions.
  • Honors Program - All graduates must confirm they have met the requirements for the Honors Program by contacting Karen Roam, Honors Coordinator, at KRoam@nhcc.edu. Once the requirements have been evaluated, student will receive an email confirmation with instructions on how to pick up Honors cord. These cords are a symbol of completion of the NHCC Honors Program, so wear them proudly!
  • TRIO Programs - TRIO students will be contacted by the TRIO Program with instructions on picking up stoles.
  •  Veterans - Veteran students will be contacted by their veteran advisor with instructions on picking up cords.

Commencement Day


Graduates should arrive at the Minneapolis Convention Center no later than 6:30pm on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. We recommend arriving between 4:30-6pm. Check-in and regalia distribution will be on the second floor, room 200. We will direct you on where to check in, pick up your cap and gown, and line up for the processional. You must be in line by 7pm, and the processional will begin at 7:15pm.Your guests should take their seats no later than 7:15pm.  

Ceremony & Official Photos

The Commencement Ceremony will begin at 7:30pm and is expected to last 90 minutes. As you cross the stage, Grad Images will take a photo of you. Click here for more information.


Diplomas (the printed, ceremonial document that is presented with a cover) are not handed out at the Commencement Ceremony as final grades and graduation requirements will not have been verified in time. You will receive an e-mail mid-June with more information about receiving your diploma.

Location & Parking

The Minneapolis Convention Center is located at 1301 Second Avenue S, Minneapolis. Click here for more information on directions and parking.

What Not to Bring

The Minneapolis Convention Center does not allow balloons, so please let family and friends know. Also be aware there is no room to store personal belongings (purse, keys, phone, etc.). You will be responsible for your own belongings.






Contact Information

Student Life Office
Phone: 763-424-0801
Location: Campus Center