The process of applying for graduation is separate from participation in the commencement ceremony. Eligible graduates will receive information explaining how to participate in the virtual commencement ceremony on Friday, May 7, 2021. For more information on commencement and the graduate celebration, please visit: https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/commencement/
Please note there is one formal cap/gown graduation ceremony in May. ALL potential graduates from Spring, in addition to those graduates from the previous Summer, Fall, and Winter semesters, are given the opportunity to attend this ceremony typically held on the third Saturday in May.
Diplomas/certificates are NOT issued on stage at the May ceremony as graduation evaluations take place after commencement. Therefore, all potential Spring graduates are allowed to cross the stage in May, along with those graduates from the previous Summer, Fall, and Winter semesters. All students receive a blank diploma cover and tassel, and Spring graduates receive their actual diploma/certificate in the mail during the month of June.
If students choose not to attend commencement, their diploma/certificate will be mailed. Students who do not attend the ceremony but desire a diploma cover may pick this up in the Public Relations and Event Management Office.
Candidates must satisfactorily fulfill college and graduation requirements specified for the major in which they are matriculated, including any required foundation courses. Students are also required to attain a minimum degree grade-point average of 2.0 in the major from which they are graduating, as well as a minimum overall grade-point average of 2.0. The student must have also met all financial obligations assessed by the College. In the case of students having an outstanding financial obligation, the awarding of a degree/certificate will not be withheld, but the financial obligation must be resolved prior to the release of an official transcript or degree/certificate. If students plan to receive two associate’s degrees from NCCC, they must successfully complete the degree requirements for each degree AND complete a minimum of 15 credit hours beyond the requirements of the first degree. NOTE: Some majors have an additional cumulative GPA requirement.
Academic honors are based on the following curriculum GPA:
3.30 – 3.59 With Merit
3.60 – 3.79 With Distinction
3.80 – 4.00 With High Distinction
How to Apply
In order to receive their degree or certificate, students should notify the Registration and Records Office of their intent to graduate by filling out an online graduation application. The graduation application initiates the process of official validation and should be submitted in the student’s final semester prior to graduation. Students will be notified of their eligibility to graduate by the Registration and Records Office during their anticipated final semester.
Students can complete the online graduation application by following these steps:
- Log into Banner Web
- Click on Student Records
- Select Apply for Graduation
- If you are currently enrolled in classes, select the current term from the drop-down menu. If you are not enrolled in classes, your last term of attendance will appear in the drop-down to select.
- Select your major you are applying for. If you are planning to earn more than one degree/certificate in the same semester; you must submit a separate application for each. If you do not see your major listed, please contact the Registration & Records Office at 716-614-6250.
- Indicate if you plan to attend Commencement
- Select how you would like your name to appear on your diploma
- Confirm your mailing address. If your mailing address has changed, please update the Personal Information tab of Banner Web.
- Select Submit Request. You can view your submitted application under the Student Records tab of Banner Web
Any student who does not apply for graduation will have his/her degree or certification automatically awarded upon successful completion of graduation requirements. In the case of students who are pursuing a dual major, automatic conferral of degree will only be processed when the requirements for both degrees/certificates have been fulfilled. For all students, filing the online graduation application is preferred to automatic conferral, as it confirms the degree or certificate that a student is seeking; once a degree or certificate is conferred, it cannot be revoked. The graduation application also collects other important information, including the name a student wishes to have displayed on the diploma (which might differ from a student’s legal name), updated address information, and whether a student wishes to participate in commencement.
Students who have completed graduation requirements but do not wish to have a degree automatically conferred must contact the Registration and Records Office prior to the end of the semester to prevent issuance of the degree and/or certificate.
Records Questions: 716-614-6250 | email@example.com
Registration Questions: 716-614-6884 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Transfer Credit Evaluation Questions: 716-614-6253 | email@example.com
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Evening hours are available via ZOOM by appointment only on Tuesdays between 4-6pm; please email a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.