Changes during COVID-19 pandemic: 

As of March 17, 2020, Chancellor Malhotra announced that all commencement ceremonies in the Minnesota State College and Universities System are canceled. As a college, we recognize the importance of commencement and the significance it holds to our students. The commencement committee is exploring the best options to move forward and recognize the academic achievements of the students at North Hennepin Community College. We ask for your patience as we navigate these unchartered territories and figure out a solution for our graduates. Additional information will follow as we are able to adequately assess the best possible solution for the health and safety of our students and employees. We will continue to process graduation candidacy through all normal processes and will still confer degrees as completed in May according to NHCC guidelines.


Congratulations on nearing your academic goals! In order to graduate, you must complete the online graduation application and follow-up survey during the final semester of your program by December 1 (fall semester) or April 1 (spring semester).

To learn more about participating in the commencement ceremony, please review information provided via the appropriate link:

Note: If you're a University Center student, contact your program advisor or faculty.

What's the difference between graduation and commencement?

Graduation is the completion of all degree or certificate requirements as recorded on an official transcript. Students must submit a Graduation Application to the Registration and Records Office in order to have their record reviewed for program completion.

Commencement is the ceremony to celebrate the completion of a degree or certificate. Students who apply for graduation are invited to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.