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Live-stream Graduation

CCX Media will be airing the ceremony live on at 7:30 p.m. on May 15 on both their website – – and on their channels - Channel 799 and Channel 12 on Comcast Cable.

Important Dates

February 1, 2019 Graduation information packets available
February 1, 2019 First day to pick up commencement announcements
March 19, 2019 Graduation Fest 
March 29, 2019 Deadline to apply for commencement student speaker
April 1, 2019 Deadline to submit graduation application and have your name printed in the program
May 1, 2019 Final deadline to RSVP and order regalia for commencement ceremony
May 15, 2019 Commencement ceremony at 7:30 p.m.

Pre-Commencement Information

Apply to Graduate

Complete the online graduation application and follow-up survey (included with the graduation application) by April 1, 2019.

RSVP for Commencement Ceremony

If you're planning to participate in the commencement ceremony, you must sign up in advance. 

Commencement Student Speaker

The selected graduating student will deliver a five-minute address at the commencement ceremony. If interested, commencement speaker applications will be available on January 14, 2019, both online and in the Student Life Office. Applications will be due on Friday, March 29, 2019. The application process will include 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, which will be held April 1 through April 5.

Commencement Announcements

Free printed announcements (limit of 10) are available to those who have completed the graduation application and signed up for commencement ceremony. They can be picked up from the Office of Student Life (CC 101). 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. Please provide your height and weight in your online RSVP to the ceremony. These items will be provided free of charge, and will be made available the night of the ceremony at the graduate check-in location.

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. Please submit your request for accommodations at least one week in advance of the commencement ceremony.

Additional Designations

  • Honors Program - All graduates must confirm they have met the requirements for the Honors Program by contacting Karen Roam, Honors Coordinator, or Jill Everett, Honors Director. Once the requirements have been evaluated, student will receive an email confirmation with instructions on how to pick up the honors cord. These cords are a symbol of completion of the NHCC Honors Program, so wear them proudly!
  • Phi Theta Kappa - PTK students will be contacted by the PTK Advisor with instructions on how to purchase stoles through the local chapter and save on shipping. Questions? Please contact David Mantini.
  • 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 no later than 6:30 p.m. We recommend arriving between 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Check-in and regalia distribution will be in MCC 100 on the lower level. 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 7 p.m., and the processional will begin at 7:15 p.m. Your guests should take their seats no later than 7:15 p.m.

Ceremony & Official Photos

The commencement ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is expected to last 90 minutes. As you cross the stage, Grad Images will take a photo of you.


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.