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53rd Annual Commencement

Congratulations, Candidates for Graduation!

This website is to assist you, your families, and friends to prepare for the upcoming commencement. Please take time to review the information and share the website address (nr.edu/graduation) with others who may need this information. Doors to Edwards Hall Room 117 will be open and guest seating will begin one hour prior to the ceremony start time.

Graduation Ceremonies

Graduation ceremonies are scheduled as follows:

Division of Arts and Sciences
Friday, May 12, 2023 at 4:00 PM, Edwards Hall 117

Division of Business and Technologies
Friday, May 12, 2023 at 7:00 PM, Edwards Hall 117

Associate Degree Nursing
Monday, May 15, 2023 at 6:00 PM, Edwards Hall 117

Graduation Response Forms

The Graduation Response Form is now closed. If you would like to participate in either the Arts and Sciences, Business and Technologies or Associate Degree Nursing graduation ceremony, please contact Tammy Smith, Coordinator of Admissions and Records (540-674-3600 ext. 4203 or tsmith@nr.edu).

Graduation Practice

Graduation Practice for students participating in the Division of Arts and Sciences Ceremony or the Division of Business and Technologies Ceremony will be at the following times:

Tuesday, May 2 at 11 a.m., Edwards Hall 117
Tuesday, May 2 at 6 p.m., Edwards Hall 117
Wednesday, May 3 at 2 p.m., Edwards Hall 117

Practice will last about one hour. There will be food, door prizes, and helpful information for your graduation ceremony. Graduation candidates should plan to attend one practice.

Practice for the Associate Degree Nursing Ceremony will be announced by the Interim Coordinator of Nursing at a later time.

Graduation Apparel

Graduation apparel can be purchased in the NRCC Bookstore beginning Monday, March 13.
Prices: Cap, Gown, Tassel $46.00 plus tax
Tassel Only $6.50 plus tax
Announcements and Diploma Frames are also available for purchase.

Graduation Application Procedures

If you are planning to graduate in fall 2022, spring 2023, or summer 2023 then you need to complete a graduation application for each degree, diploma, certificate, or career studies certificate you are receiving.

The deadline for submitting graduation applications is Friday, November 11, 2022. Submission of late graduation applications may delay certification until the next semester.

Students are encouraged to meet with their faculty or student services advisor for review and signature before turning in the completed application to the admissions and records office, Christiansburg site front desk or by email: admissions@nr.edu.

Graduation Requirements

All graduates must have a GPA of 2.00 in all studies attempted which are applicable toward graduation.

In awarding students an additional degree, diploma, certificate, or career studies certificate, the college may grant credit for all completed applicable courses which are requirements of the additional degree, diploma, certificate, or career studies certificate. However, the awards must differ from one another by at least 25% of the credits.

Course substitutions cannot exceed 10% of the total credits of the program.

At least 25% of the credits must be acquired at the college awarding the degree.

Graduates are eligible for honors (with the exception of career studies certificates) if their cumulative GPA is:

  1. 3.200-3.499 Cum Laude.
  2. 3.500-3.799 Magna Cum Laude.
  3. 3.800-4.000 Summa Cum Laude.
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