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Q. What are the requirements for graduation?

A. All candidates for graduation must meet the following requirements:

Q. How do I know if I'm eligible to graduate?

A. There are numerous resources available to help you determine whether you are on track to graduate. You are encouraged to meet with an Advisor to discuss how well you are progressing towards the completion of your degree program.

Q. I have met the requirements for my degree plan. Will I automatically receive my degree?

A. No.  After meeting with your Advisor and determining that you are eligible to graduate, you must apply for graduation (see below).

Q. How do I apply for graduation?

A. You must apply for graduation online via OASIS Self-Service (instructions can be found here).  You must apply for graduation for the term you anticipate completing all of your requirements, and you must apply before the deadline for that term (see dates below).  It is your responsibility to ensure that you are applying for the correct term in which you believe you will have met all of the graduation requirements.

Q. When do I submit the graduation application?

A. Applications are due according to the following schedule:
     • January 5 - March 20, 2015            (Spring 2015 graduation)
     • May 18 - August 4, 2015                       (Summer 2015 graduation)
     • September 1 - October 16, 2015       (Fall 2015 graduation)

Q. I applied for graduation once before. Do I need to apply again?

A. Graduation applications may be kept on file for one year. If requirements are not met within that time you will need to reapply for graduation when all requirements are met.

Q. I am eligible for more than one degree. Do I need to submit an application for each?

A. Yes. A separate application must be submitted for each degree or certificate you expect to receive. If you currently have only one active Academic Plan, please see your Advisor if you wish to apply for more than one degree or certificate.  You may also submit an Academic Plan Change Form online.

Q. What is a degree audit?

A. A degree audit is the review of academic records of students for a specific academic plan to determine what degree requirements have and have not been satisfied by the applicant for that plan.

Q. What is the Graduation Survey? When must it be completed?

A. Students will be asked to participate in a Graduation Survey. This survey provides information that helps the college improve programs and services to students. The demographic information is used to meet federal reporting guidelines. All responses are confidential and reported as group data. 

Q. What is the difference between commencement and graduation?

A. Graduation is the completion of all graduation requirements and official posting of a student's degree to his/her academic record. Commencement is the ceremony in which students who are eligible to graduate, participate. NPCC has one ceremony each year. It should be noted that participation in the commencement ceremony does not constitute official graduation.

Q. When is the commencement ceremony?

A. Students are encouraged to attend the commencement ceremony, which is held once a year at the end of the spring semester for students who graduated in December of the previous year, and candidates for May and August graduation.  The date, time, and location of the graduation rehearsal and ceremony will be published on the NPCC Graduation Requirements page.

Q. How will my name appear in the Commencement Program?

A. Your name will appear in the program as you indicate as the name you wish to appear on your certificate or diploma when you apply for graduation.  Your name will appear in the Commencement Program if you graduated in the Fall prior to the ceremony or if you are eligible for Spring or Summer graduation and you have submitted an application to graduate by the March deadline (see above or check the Academic Calendar for the last date to apply for graduation). Note:  If you are a candidate for Summer graduation, you may still walk in the May commencement ceremony, however, you must submit your application by the March deadline for inclusion in the Commencement Program.  If you do not submit an application, or if it is submitted after the deadline, your name will not appear in the program. 

Q. When will I receive information about the graduation ceremony?

A. Commencement information is available in early spring. Commencement information will be sent via your student email and/or USPS, will be available on the NPCC website, and will be available in Student Services.

Q. How do I get a cap and gown?

A. You must first apply for graduation.  If you have applied for graduation before the last day to apply and you intend to walk in the May commencement ceremony, you must go to the NPCC Campus Store to be measured for your cap and gown.  Please check with the Campus Store for the deadline for measurements; this may be as early as two months prior to commencement. Regular Campus Store hours are 8:00-4:30 Monday-Thursday and 8:00-4:00 Friday.

Q. When can I pick up my cap and gown?

A. Caps and gowns can be picked up in the Campus Store the week before Commencement.

Q. I am a member of Phi Theta Kappa; where do I get my honor tassel, stole, and/or cords?

A. Honor regalia is available through the organization. Please contact your organizational representative for specific details.

Q. Where and when is Commencement?

A. Commencement takes place at the Hot Springs Convention Center. Our next Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.* 
*Graduates and candidates must arrive no later than 9:30 a.m.

Q. Is there a rehearsal before Commencement?

A. Everyone who is planning to walk in the commencement ceremony must participate in the mandatory Commencement Rehearsal in the NPCC Gymnasium, usually one or two days before the ceremony*. It is important to attend the rehearsal to ensure that you understand how the graduation line-up and commencement ceremony will be conducted.
*2015 GRADUATION REHEARSAL: TBA.

Q. Will I receive my diploma at the commencement ceremony?

A. No. Diplomas will be mailed to the diploma mailing address you indicated on your graduation application, or the mailing address on record.

Q. When will I receive my diploma?

A. Diplomas are mailed to students approximately 2 - 4 weeks after the expected graduation term.  Although summer candidates are allowed to participate in the May commencement ceremony, all requirements for the degree must be satisfied before the degree will be conferred; this usually happens after final grades are posted at the end of the summer term, in August.  Diplomas for Summer graduates will be mailed in late August - early September.

Q. What if I haven't received my diploma and need proof that I graduated?

A. Transcripts are the official document indicating the degree and students may request a transcript to be sent after the degree has been conferred by indicating this choice on the official transcript request form.

Q. What happens if I apply for graduation and I do not pass all my classes?

A. See your Advisor.