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Graduation and Commencement

Celebrate your graduation by participating in
NHCC's 2014 Commencement Ceremony!


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 2013-14 academic year are encouraged to participate in the Spring 2014 ceremony. This includes students who graduated in Fall 2013, Summer 2013 graduates who did not attend the May 2013 commencement because they applied after the Spring 2013 deadline, and Summer 2014 graduates who will apply by the Spring 2014 deadline of April 11, 2014.

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When and where will the commencement ceremony take place?

This year’s ceremony will be held at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in the St. Paul RiverCentre on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 7:30pm. Click here for driving directions (only 20 miles away), parking (discounted lot parking or free metered parking after 6pm), bus service (to and from NHCC will be available for free), event seating, other special opportunities in downtown St Paul, etc. will be provided (also check for details below under Important Dates).

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Why off-campus and on the Wednesday after finals?

Holding commencement off-campus and on the Wednesday after finals is a major change for NHCC, but one we believe will be enthusiastically welcomed by everyone involved. Over the years, the number of NHCC graduates has grown and the number of guests exceeds the capacity of our gymnasium. Even with a two guest limitation, last year nearly 500 guests had to watch the ceremony on overhead screens from different locations around campus. In addition, holding the ceremony after finals has become a common practice at many other colleges because more graduates and faculty are able to participate and enjoy the event with finals out of the way.

In conclusion, this event is too important to not allow everyone an opportunity to attend. Finding a suitable location, such as the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, allows all guests to witness this special occasion and celebrate together.

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How do I register 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 more detailed information about commencement, including how to obtain regalia, as well as other checklist items (also check for details below under Important Dates).  

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How many guests can I invite?

The best part about having commencement at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium is that graduates will be able to invite as many guests as they wish! No tickets will be required (check for details below under Important dates).

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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 will provide graduates with these items. There is no special ordering. Details about when and where to pick up regalia will be provided (also check for details below under Important Dates).

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Important Dates for Graduates and Employees

Please visit this page/section often for updates/details...  

Beginning April 2, 2014 (weekdays during business hours)
at Student Life Office, CC 116-117
Graduate Commencement Announcements Pick-up

This year, there is no limit to the number of guests who can attend the commencement ceremony; and, registered graduates may have up to 15 commencement announcements - FREE - compliments of Student Senate.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Faculty/Staff Regalia Sign-up

  • Noon-4pm in the CLA Atrium for new faculty/staff who need to meet with Josten's to order for the first time
  • Email studentlife@nhcc.edu by 4:30pm for faculty/staff who have ordered before and just need hood rental. In the subject line indicate "HOOD ORDER" and in the email indicate your degree and the college/university your attended (including city and state).

Friday, April 11, 2014 at Records & Registration Office, ES-75
Graduate Application Deadline for Spring 2014 Semester

Only graduates who have submitted a Graduation Application may participate in the 2014 Commencement Ceremony. 

Monday, April 14, 2014 by Noon at Student Life Office, CC 116-117
Graduate Commencement Speaker Application Deadline

Interested graduates may submit an Application for Commencement Speaker for consideration, along with a brief statement of interest in representing the class of 2014 and a copy of a five minute address.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by 4:30pm
Faculty/Staff Commencement Participation Sign-up
(if you own your own regalia)

Email studentlife@nhcc.edu by 4:30 pm with “COMMENCEMENT PARTICIPATION” in the subject line.

Friday, April 25, 2014
Student Commencement Speaker Announced

The selected student commencement speaker will be personally notified and an announcement will be made on this webpage.

April 28-May 2, 2014 (M-Th at 8am-7pm & F at 8am-4:30pm)
at Student Life Office, CC 116-117

Graduate Gown/Regalia Pick-up

All graduates must pick up their gown, mortar board, and tassel.   

April 28-May 2, 2014
Official Invitation of Commencement Ceremony Sent to Graduates 

All registered summer 2013, fall 2013, and spring 2013 graduates will be sent their official invitation to the Commencement Ceremony from the Records & Registration Office.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Noon
Shuttle Bus Sign-up Deadline

NHCC is providing FREE round-trip coach bus service from campus to the St. Paul RiverCentre - FREE - compliments of Student Senate and the NHCC Foundation/Alumni Association. The shuttle is available to NHCC graduates and their families/guests, as well as NHCC faculty/staff. To register, email studentlife@nhcc.edu and put "SHUTTLE BUS" in the subject line. In the text of the email, provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Number of guests
  • Phone number and email address where we can reached you with any questions
  • Whether you are a graduate, faculty, or staff member  
  • If you or anyone in your group will require disability accommodation

May 5-9, 2014 (weekdays during business hours)
at Student Life Office, CC 116-117
Faculty/Staff Regalia Pick-up

All faculty/staff must pick up their regalia.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 by 7pm
at Roy Wilkins Auditorium/St. Paul RiverCentre

Graduates and Faculty/Staff Participating in Processional 

Please arrive no later than 7pm at the entrance of the Roy Wilkins Auditorium. You will then be directed to the processional area. You must either arrive in regalia or bring it with you ready to robe at this time.