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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.


Important Dates

April 3, 2020 Deadline to order regalia
May 14, 2020 Commencement ceremony @ 7:30 p.m.

Pre-Commencement Information

RSVP for Commencement Ceremony

The Commencement Ceremony is a required event for faculty. Attendance for staff is optional, but encouraged. Faculty and staff should RSVP regardless of whether you plan to attend. The deadline to RSVP is April 3, 2020.


You will pick up regalia on the day of the event at the Minneapolis Convention Center between 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. To take advantage of this option, please place your order here. The deadline to order regalia is April 3, 2020.


Please indicate on the Commencement RSVP form if you'd like to volunteer. If you select "yes," you will be contacted closer to the event date with more information on how you can help. We will have needs in the areas of: set up, check in, human signage/directional support, and cleanup.

Disability Accommodations

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

Commencement Day


All graduates, faculty and staff participating in the processional should arrive at the Minneapolis Convention Center no later than 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2020. We recommend arriving between 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. We will direct you on where to check in, pick up your regalia, and line up for the processional. You must be in line by 7 p.m., and the processional will begin at 7:15 p.m.

Location, Parking & Transportation

The Minneapolis Convention Center is located at 1301 Second Avenue S, Minneapolis. Click here for more information on directions and parking. Information regarding bus options to/from the event will be available soon. Please indicate on the RSVP form if you plan to ride the bus.