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Graduation

Students at Commencement Ceremony

Fall Commencement  December 15, 2017

The Commencement Ceremony is held at the Lions Field House on the Gainesville Campus at the following times.

2:00 PM
All Health Sciences and Cosmetology

6:00 PM
Career & Technical Education Degrees and Certificates
Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice
Associate of Arts in Teaching
Associate of Science degrees

Graduates, please meet at the Cosmetology building on the Gainesville campus one hour prior to the ceremony with your cap and gown.

The Lions Field House doors will open at 12:30 pm and 4:30 pm for guest seating.

Apply for Graduation

If you plan to graduate from North Central Texas College at the end of the current semester, please proceed with the following.

Meet with Your Advisor

Confirm that your graduation requirements are met. Comply with all requirements pertaining to your degree and/or certificate as detailed in the North Central Texas College Catalog

Submit an Application

Apply for graduation online from your student dashboard or print the Application for Graduation, fill it out, and return it to the Admissions/Registrar's Office by the appropriate deadline.

  Application for Graduation

Application Submission Deadlines

Semester Deadline
Fall (December Ceremony) October 15th
Spring (May Ceremony) March 15th
Summer (Attend May Ceremony) March 15th
Summer (No Ceremony) August 1st

Mail Completed Applications

North Central Texas College
Attn: Admissions Office
1525 W California Street
Gainesville, TX 76240

Purchase Regalia

Purchase your graduation cap and gown at the NCTC Bookstore. Extra tassels, caps, and gowns may not be available at the ceremony.

Check for Holds

Confirm all academic and financial obligations (holds) have been met to ensure mailing of your diploma.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Arrival Time add

All degree and certificate candidates will meet in the Cosmetology Building on the Gainesville Campus 1 hour prior to their ceremony time. Anyone arriving after the ceremony has begun will be placed at the end of the graduate line.

Name Pronunciation add

When you line up before the Commencement Ceremony, you will be given a name card. Please make sure that your name reads the way you want it to be announced. If your name is commonly mispronounced, you are encouraged to write it phonetically.

Regalia add

Graduates participating in the commencement ceremony must have academic regalia, available for purchase at the Follett Bookstore on campus. You may NOT walk without academic regalia. Regalia will be available in late October for Fall Commencement and in late March for Spring Commencement.

Attention Members of Phi Theta Kappa on Graduation Regalia add

Graduation Regalia can be ordered at PTK.org or through any Phi Theta Kappa advisor.

PTK.org

Graduation Honors add

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 Commencement Ceremony and by the end of the summer session prior to the December Commencement Ceremony.

A minimum of 29 hours, which must be earned at North Central Texas College by the end of the Fall semester prior to the May Commencement and by the end of the summer session prior to the December Commencement, will be required in order to be considered for graduation honors. North Central Texas College recognizes the following graduation honors.

Summa Cum Laude………………………4.0 GPA
Magna Cum Laude…………….3.90-3.99 GPA

The candidates for graduation receiving these honors will be given a medal for either magna or summa during the graduate lineup prior to the ceremony. Your honor will be recognized as you cross the stage and it will be denoted in the program that is handed out before each ceremony.

Diplomas add

All commencement participants will receive a diploma tube at the ceremony. All candidates will receive their diplomas through the mail after completion of degree requirements is certified. Diplomas are mailed 8-10 weeks after the date of graduation.

Diploma FrameIf you would like to purchase a frame for your diploma, please visit our online store at Church Hill Classics, Diploma Showcase Frames and Insignia Gifts.

Church Hill Classics

Guests add

There is no limit to the number of guests you may invite. Seating is on a first-come basis; seating is not pre-assigned or reserved, except for graduates. Please inform your guests to arrive early for the ceremony as no guests will be allowed to leave or enter until the procession is complete. There is also shuttle service for the guests from the parking lots to the Lion’s Field House. Smoking, eating or drinking is NOT allowed in the Lion’s Field House. No strollers will be allowed inside the ceremonies.

Disability-Related Needs of the Certificate/Degree Candidates and Guests add

Certificate/Degree candidates and their guests, who have disability-related needs requiring assistance for Commencement, should contact Michelle Huggins, Graduation Coordinator, at 940-668-7731 ext. 4403 or mhuggins@nctc.edu to make arrangements. It is the responsibility of the certificate/degree candidate to contact Michelle Huggins regarding accommodations that the graduate may need.

Deadline  Disability services and accommodations cannot be arranged after Monday of the week of Commencement.

Photography add

A professional photographer selected by North Central Texas College takes photographs of each certificate or degree candidate as he/she crosses the stage receiving the diploma. You can view photographs online a couple of weeks after the ceremony.

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What to Expect Day of the Ceremony add

All degree and certificate candidates will meet in the Cosmetology Building on the Gainesville Campus. The room will be divided into sections according to major. The candidates will need to locate their major and stand in that area. The candidates will be given a card with their name and degree printed on it. Please fill out the back of the card with your information for our photographer.

Prior to the ceremony, one line will be formed alphabetically according to major. Marshals will assist in leading candidates into the Field House in single file to be seated. Candidates will be asked to please continue to the last chair in the row and remain standing until all graduates are in the field house.

After the ceremony has begun, the candidates will be asked by the marshals to stand by rows and proceed to the stage. Just before each candidate crosses the stage, he/she will give the card to the announcer, walk across the stage, accept his/her diploma tube with the left hand, and shake with the right hand. Please pause for a moment and wait for a photograph. Then, all candidates will proceed back to their seats and be seated.

Contact Us

Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.

Michelle Huggins
Graduation Coordinator
(940) 668-7731 ext. 4403
mhuggins@nctc.edu