Live-stream Graduation

Important Dates

*Contact your university immediately about graduation application, and cap and gown as deadlines vary. If you are also obtaining a degree from NHCC this year, make sure to fill out NHCC’s graduation application. You will only need to RSVP for Commencement as a University Partner Graduate.

April 1, 2019 Deadline to RSVP for NHCC Commencement Ceremony
TBD Deadline for name to be printed in the program 
May 15, 2019 NHCC Commencement Ceremony

Pre-Commencement Information

Register to Graduate

In order to graduate and participate in the NHCC commencement ceremony, you will need to complete a graduation application. This must be done through your university, and deadlines may vary.

RSVP for NHCC Commencement Ceremony

If you are planning to participate in the North Hennepin Community College commencement ceremony, you must RSVP in advance.

Cap & Gown

Graduates are expected to wear a cap, gown and tassel during the NHCC commencement ceremony. Contact your university on how to obtain these items. You will likely need to pay for your own cap and gown, and bring them with you to the NHCC commencement ceremony.

Disability Accommodations

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

Commencement Day


Graduates should arrive (remember to bring your cap and gown) to the Minneapolis Convention Center no later than 6:30 p.m. We recommend arriving between 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. We will direct you on where to check in, 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 NHCC 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 NHCC Commencement Ceremony as final grades and graduation requirements will not have been verified in time. Contact your university for 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.