Changes during COVID-19 pandemic:

In light of the Chancellor’s announcement on March 17, 2020 that all commencement ceremonies in the Minnesota State College and Universities System are canceled, NHCC is proud to bring you a virtual commencement ceremony to recognize the achievements of our graduates! Having a watch party? Email photos to for us to share on social media.

NHCC Spring 2020 Virtual Commencement
Thursday, May 14, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Click here to watch the ceremony.
Please share with family and friends!

Commencement Program

View and download the Commencement program.

Congratulatory Messages 

Governor Tim Walz

Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan

Staff & Faculty Messages to the Class of 2020

Meet the Grads

Get to know some of the class of 2020 graduates! (Check back often; graduates submit your photos via this form.) 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I celebrate commencement from home?

    You’re graduating! Congratulations! As a way to celebrate the class of 2020, we’ve made these fun commencement resources available to you. 


    Send Us Your Photo to Share on NHCC Social Media

    Graduation is all about celebrating student success! We would love to hear and share your journey here at North Hennepin! 


    Here are a few prompts to get you thinking: 

    • What are you most proud of as you graduate?
    • By this time next year what do you hope to be doing?
    • What is next in your educational or professional journey?
    • How do you plan to celebrate your graduation?
    • What’s your favorite NHCC memory?


    Please send your photos and your answers to In your email, remember to tell us your name and degree being awarded. 


    Instagram Filters 

    We’ve created fun Instagram filters for you to try on at home and share with your friends! Take selfies or videos while wearing a grad cap! Our custom filters can be found under the filters tab on our Instagram page. Tag @northhennepin in your stories so we can celebrate with you! 

     Image of woman wearing graduation cap

    Zoom Watch Party

    Set up a Zoom meeting to watch the virtual ceremony with family and friends. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to set up Zoom meetings. If you attend a Zoom watch party with family and friends, we encourage you to screenshot it and share it with us at! Commemorative Zoom backgrounds:
    Zoom Background1 - 1280x720
    Zoom Background1 - 1920x1080
    Zoom Background2 - 1280x720
    Zoom Background2 - 1920x1080
    Zoom Background3 - 1280x720
    Zoom Background3 - 1920x1080

  • Do I need to submit a graduate application?

    Yes, all graduates must submit the online graduation application. The April 1 deadline has passed, but you can still submit your application through the end of the term. (Please note that your name will not be printed in the commencement program due to the printing deadline. Graduate applications submitted by Thursday, April 23 will be recognized in the virtual ceremony.

  • Do I need to RSVP for commencement?

    No, graduates do not need to RSVP due to this year’s in-person event being canceled. However, we do invite graduates to watch the virtual commencement ceremony.

  • Will I receive a cap and gown?

    Due to the virtual commencement, graduates will not receive a cap and gown this year. We are coordinating a congratulatory packet that will be mailed to graduates, so please update your information in eServices to ensure you receive it.

  • Will I receive special designation cords?

    A committee is working on a plan for students to receive their respective designation cords for Honors, PTK, TRIO, and/or Veterans. We will share more information in the coming weeks. 

  • How will I receive my diploma?

    Graduates will receive an email mid-June, after final grades and graduation requirements have been verified, with more information about receiving their diploma.


    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.