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. Degrees are officially conferred when the Registrar's Office certifies that all requirements have been met; therefore, participation in the graduation ceremony does not confer on a student any rights to a degree. NCTC makes a special effort to give graduates and their families a beautiful and memorable ceremony to mark this important milestone in their lives.

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.