The process of applying for graduation is separate from participation in the commencement ceremony. Eligible graduates received an email explaining how to participate in the virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 23, 2020. The status of an in-person ceremony for the fall will be determined based on guidelines communicated by Governor Cuomo and local health officials.
Students 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 and must have met all financial obligations assessed by the college. 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
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 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.
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 logging into Banner Web. Click on “Student & Financial Aid”, “Student Records”, “Graduation Application – Submit” to apply online. For students earning more than one degree and/or certificate, please submit an application for EACH major.
- Students must be enrolled in the major for which they are applying for graduation. If a student is not currently enrolled in that major, please complete the Major Change Application for Graduation form and return to the Registration & Records Office (A-201) with the graduation application.
- 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 30 credit hours beyond the requirements of the first degree.
Any student who does not apply for graduation will have his/her degree or certificate automatically awarded upon successful completion of graduation requirements.
However, 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 without the approval of the president of the college. 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.