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Graduation and Commencement

Celebrate your graduation by participating in
NHCC's 2015 Commencement Ceremony!

The Commencement Ceremony will be help on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 7:30pm in the Roy Wilkins Auditorium at the St Paul RiverCentre. The Processional March will begin at 7:15pm, we recommend all guests are seated by this time.

For full details for graduates regarding the graduation and the ceremony, see our 2015 Commencement Flyer.

What is a commencement ceremony and who is it for?

NHCC hosts an annual commencement at the end of spring semester. The ceremony honors the hard work and achievements of our graduates, as well as acknowledges the invaluable support received from their families and friends. All students who have graduated during the 2014-15 academic year are encouraged to participate in the Spring 2015 ceremony. This includes students who graduated in Fall 2014, Summer 2014 graduates who did not attend the May 2014 commencement because they applied after the Spring 2014 deadline, and Summer 2014 graduates who will apply by the Spring 2015 deadline of April 1, 2015.

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When and where will the commencement ceremony take place?

This ceremony will be held at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in the St. Paul RiverCentre on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 7:30pm. Click here for driving directions (only 20 miles away).

The address of the Saint Paul RiverCentre (SPRC) venue is 175 West Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55102. Discounted SPRC lot parking is available for $5 per vehicle.  This discount rate is available by requesting a discount voucher from Student Life from March 30-April 27, 2015.  There is also free metered street parking after 5pm in downtown St Paul. The Saint Paul RiverCentre is serviced by the RiverCentre Parking Ramp, which is located at 150 West Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55102. The RiverCentre Parking Ramp accepts most major credit cards, cash and checks. The parking ramp is directly connected to the Roy Wilkins Auditorium by skyway.  Additional downtown parking info is available from the Commencement website. More information on St. Paul River Centre available at www.rivercentre.org.

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How do I RSVP to participate in commencement?

The first and most important step to participate in commencement is to complete your Graduation Application & Follow-Up Survey and return them to the Records & Registration Office. All students who apply for graduation will receive an email with details. To walk in the commencement ceremony, you must RSVP, click here to RSVP.  

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How many guests can I invite?

Graduates will be able to invite as many guests as they wish! No tickets will be required. We will have FREE Announcements available for graduates to pick up in the Student Life Office beginning on March 30th, if you would like to have a formal invitation to invite guests. Announcements are available while supplies last.

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Need Accommodations?

We will attempt to meet all accommodations as possible, such as special seating for yourself or guests, sign language interpretation, personal audio amplifications, etc. To request accommodations for yourself or guests for the ceremony, contact Tom Lynch, Director of Access Services, at 763-493-0555 or email tlynch@nhcc.edu by May 6, 2015.

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What is regalia? 

Regalia is the academic robe (gown), mortar board (cap), and tassel you wear during the ceremony. Student Life provides graduates with these items FREE OF CHARGE. Students DO NOT need to pre-order regalia. Students DO need to RSVP to participate in the Graduation Ceremony.  

Please note: Caps and gowns will be available the night of the ceremony. Graduates are expected to arrive between 4:30pm – 6:30pm on May 13th at the St. Paul River Centre to pick up their regalia and line up for graduation. Everyone must be in their cap and gown and lined by 7pm to participate in the processional and graduation ceremony.

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When can I get my cap and gown?

The caps, gowns, and tassels will need to be picked up by graduates and employees on the night of the Commencement Ceremony, Wednesday, May 13 between 4:30pm and 6:30pm at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in the St. Paul River Centre. Graduates will need to check in, pick up their cap and gowns, get dressed, and line up by 7pm.

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When do I arrive for the Commencement Ceremony?

All graduates who have RSVP'd to walk at and participate in the Ceremony need to arrive between 4:30pm and 6:30pm on Wednesday, May 13 at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in the St Paul RiverCentre. Graduates will need to check in, pick up and put on their cap, gown, and tassel, and be lined up to walk in the processional by 7:00pm. The Processional March into the auditorium begins at 7:15pm, the ceremony officially starts at 7:30pm.

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