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.