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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

February 3, 2020 Graduation information packets available
March 27, 2020 Deadline to apply for commencement student speaker
April 1, 2020 Final deadline to submit graduation application & for name to be included in commencement program
April 3, 2020 Final deadline to order regalia & RSVP for commencement 
May 14, 2020 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, 2020.

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, submit an application by March 27. 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 March 30 through April 3.

Commencement Announcement

Download the Commencement Announcement to share with family and friends. 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 Jill Everett, Honors Director, by April 30, 2020. 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 at the Minneapolis Convention Center 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 lower level hall A. 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.