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General Information for Graduates

Graduation procedures:

You will be given a name card.
Note: Your tassel should be placed so that it hangs on the right side of your cap. You will move it to the left side when President Pat Huber confers the degrees, diplomas and certificates at the end of the ceremony.

Honor cords will be given out the night of graduation.

Honor cords are based on your overall GPA and are applicable to all degree, diploma, and certificate programs (career studies certificates are not eligible).

Type GPA Cord
Cum Laude 3.2 – 3.49 Orange Honor Cord
Magna Cum Laude 3.5 – 3.79 Green Honor Cord
Summa Cum Laude 3.8 – 4.0 Purple Honor Cord

Graduates will line up alphabetically, by degree, according the order in the printed graduation program. Signs for each degree will be hung in the hallway of Godbey Hall. Even if you are graduating with more than one degree, you will walk across the stage only once. Your additional program(s) of study will be announced as you walk across the stage.

Directed by an NRCC staff member, all graduates will leave Godbey Hall and proceed to Edwards Hall 15 minutes prior to the ceremony. Once you arrive in Edwards Hall, graduates will march to the seating area, being led by two college officials (20 graduates per row). Please be seated immediately and then you will be asked to stand for the invocation. Men should remove their caps during the invocation and benediction.

When the presentation of candidates for degrees, diplomas, and certificates begins, a college official will lead graduates to the stage one row at a time.

Your name will be read by Dr. Peter Anderson, vice president for instruction and student services, from the name card you hand him. When you approach the stage, Dr. Pat Huber, NRCC president, will hand you your degree cover and shake your hand. Then you will walk across the stage and return to your seat. College officials will lead you out at the end of the ceremony.

Diplomas will be mailed to spring graduates in June. Summer graduates will receive their diplomas by early September.



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