Graduation Requirements


Application for Graduation

To ensure consideration as a candidate for a degree or certificate, the student should submit an application for graduation at the beginning of the semester in which a degree or certificate will be completed, or be identified as expected to graduate by the Registrar's Office. Students identified by this process will be notified by mail or email regarding their award. The application may be obtained online through MyNCTC or from the Office of Admissions.

Deadlines for submitting graduation applications are:

  • May graduation - March 15
  • December graduation - October 15.

All graduating students are encouraged to submit a graduation application, regardless of intent to participate in the ceremony to ensure the desired name is printed on the diploma as well as the correct address of mailing the diploma. Graduation applications received after the deadline will be processed and students are encouraged to attend, but the student's name may not be published in the graduation program.

An evaluation of course work submitted to fulfill degree requirements must be completed before candidacy for graduation is approved. Any student within 12 hours of finishing may participate in May commencement. Those applying for May graduation must fulfill all requirements by the end of the second summer session following the semester they applied. Diplomas are granted only after all requirements are met.

Requirements

North Central Texas College certifies graduates three times a year; in the fall, spring and summer semesters. North Central Texas College holds formal commencement ceremonies twice each year-in May and December. Students are encouraged to participate in spring or fall commencement ceremonies after applying to graduate. Diplomas are not awarded at commencement ceremonies and participation in the ceremonies is not a guarantee of degree completion. Degrees are officially conferred when the Registrar's Office certifies that all requirements have been met. Nevertheless, candidates for graduation are highly encouraged to attend and participate in the designated graduation ceremony. NCTC makes a special effort to give graduates (and their families) a beautiful and memorable ceremony to mark this important milestone in their lives. It truly is an event not to be missed.

There is no fee to participate in the commencement exercises; however, the student must purchase the required cap and gown from the NCTC campus bookstore in order to participate in the ceremony.

North Central Texas College reserves the right to post degrees and/or certificates for current or former students who have met completion requirements but have not applied for graduation. Diplomas will be automatically issued and sent to the mailing address on file.

Graduation Honors

Graduation honors will be awarded for students with the following cumulative grade point averages earned by the end of the Fall semester prior to the May graduation ceremony and by the end of the summer session prior to the December graduation ceremony. A minimum of 29 hours (earned at NCTC by the end of the Fall semester prior to the May graduation ceremony and by the end of the summer session prior to the December graduation ceremony) will be required in order to be considered for graduation honors.

4.0 GPA — Summa cum laude

3.90 — 3.99 GPA Magna cum laude

Commencement

North Central Texas College certifies graduates three times a year; in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. North Central Texas College holds formal commencement ceremonies twice each year-in May and December. Students are encouraged to participate in spring or fall commencement ceremonies after applying to graduate. Diplomas are not awarded at commencement ceremonies and participation in the ceremonies is not a guarantee of degree completion. Degrees are officially conferred when the Registrar's Office certifies that all requirements have been met. Nevertheless, candidates for graduation are highly encouraged to attend and participate in the designated graduation ceremony. NCTC makes a special effort to give graduates (and their families) a beautiful and memorable ceremony to mark this important milestone in their lives. It truly is an event not to be missed.

There is no fee to participate in the commencement exercises; however, the student must purchase the required cap and gown from the NCTC campus bookstore in order to participate in the ceremony.

North Central Texas College reserves the right to post degrees and/or certificates for current or former students who have met completion requirements but have not applied for graduation. Diplomas will be automatically issued and sent to the mailing address on file.

Catalog Restrictions

Students may graduate under any approved degree plan from the catalog in effect at the time of first enrollment at North Central Texas College, provided the catalog is still in effect, the current catalog, or  a subsequent catalog in effect during enrollment as long as the program of study is still offered. In addition to this, the catalog may not be more than 5 years old and enrollment must have occurred during that year and earned college credit for work completed. The options above only apply provided the student meets the requirements not later than five years from the date of the catalog selected.

Reverse Transfer

A student can finish an associate's degree at NCTC after transferring to a university. Credits earned at a four-year college or university are evaluated to determine if the credits taken will fulfill requirements for an associate's degree.

If a student is interested in being considered for reverse transfer, then contact should be made with the appropriate office at the university or college. Check the NCTC website for more information.