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Graduation FAQs

The following frequently asked questions will help students prepare for graduation.

Graduate Participation

To confirm your participation in the 2020 curriculum commencement ceremony, you will need to complete the graduation participation form.

The deadline for Spring 2020 Graduation is Thursday, January 23, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact the registrar’s office at

After that date, tickets will not be guaranteed for your guests. For your convenience, graduates will be able to fill out this form in the Campus Store when picking up regalia.

How many tickets do I get?
Due to the large number of students expected to participate in the commencement exercises, the College will issue two (2) admission tickets for guests per graduate participating in the ceremony. Per maximum seating capacity (fire code) regulations, an admission ticket is required for each guest, regardless of age or size.

Graduates may begin picking up tickets from the front desk in Student and Enrollment Services (SES), beginning on Monday, April 20, 2020 through Friday, May 8, 2020. *Tickets may only be picked up by graduates unless alternative arrangements have been approved by the Registrar’s Office.

SES hours are as follows:

Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. / Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Overflow areas in the Building A rotunda and library will be provided for ceremony viewing via closed-circuit televisions for guests without tickets.

Can I get any extra tickets?

Depending on the number of students who participate, there may be a limited amount of extra tickets available. To request an additional ticket, please let the front desk receptionist in SES know upon picking up your two tickets.

Any extra tickets available will be awarded based on the date students completed their graduation application. Extra tickets will be announced and distributed at the graduation practice on the morning of Friday, May 15, 2020.

What side do I wear my tassel on before the ceremony?
On the right side.

How long does graduation last?
Graduation normally lasts about an hour.

Where do I line up for graduation?
At the opposite end of building from the receptionist desk in the Business and Industry Center.

When can I pick up my cap and gown?

Cap, gown, and tassel will be available for purchase at the NCC Campus Store beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2020 and continuing through Friday, April 17, 2020.

The cost of the cap, gown, and tassel is approximately $27.00 per set.

Campus Store questions can be directed to: Jay Quigley, Director of Instructional Publications and Printing, Phone: 252-451-8226

Campus Store hours are as follows:

Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. / Friday 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

What if I cannot make it to practice?
Please e-mail to let the College know that you will not be available to attend practice.

Will the graduation ceremony be on the internet?

Do infants and toddlers need a ticket?
The Fire Marshall requires all family members and guests, regardless of age, to have a ticket. Therefore, infants and toddlers require a ticket.

Can my family take pictures during the ceremony?
Yes, however your family should not disturb others in the process. A professional photographer will take pictures at the event. The electronic version of the photo will be made available on the Nash Community College Alumni Facebook page.

Can I pick up my degree if I don’t participate in the ceremony? Yes. You can pick it up in Student and Enrollment Services during office hours the following Wednesday after graduation.

Can my degree be mailed to me?
No. Degrees may get lost in the mail causing students to have to repay the degree fee.

What do I have to do to receive an honor cord for graduation?
A Red cord denotes highest honors and requires a cumulative grade point average of 4.0, a Gold cord denotes honors and requires a cumulative grade point average of 3.3, a Royal Blue/Pewter cord denotes a departmental award, a Gold sash denotes Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society membership, Gold medallion denotes Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society membership and a Silver sash denotes Student Government Association Board membership.

Where do I find out about graduation announcements and class rings?
Class Rings | Graduation Announcements


Kathy Adcox
Registrar/Director of Records
Kathy Adcox
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Heather Perry
Assistant Registrar
Heather Perry
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