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New River Community College Graduation Ceremony

Graduation Information

Formal graduation exercises are held in May at the end of spring semester. Students who complete course requirements during the subsequent summer session may participate in the May ceremony. Students who complete course requirements during the Fall semester may participate in the next May ceremony.

Students planning to graduate should contact their advisor to initiate the process. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that a graduation application is received in the Admissions and Records Office. Filing the graduation application with the Admissions and Records Office will ensure that students will be notified about graduation, measurement for caps and gowns, and practice.

*All degrees, diplomas, and certificates are mailed to the graduates.*

Graduation Information Sessions - Fall 2015
October 21          1:00 p.m. Christiansburg Mall Site, Room 123
October 22         11:00 a.m. Richardson Auditorium, Rooker Hall
October 22          5:30 p.m. Richardson Auditorium, Rooker Hall

If you are unable to attend one of the information sessions and need information about applying for graduation, please contact the Admissions and Records Office at 540-674-3603.

Graduation Requirements

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

Students eligible for multiple awards at graduation will be awarded the highest level award unless the lesser award is a certificate, diploma in a different discipline. Dual degrees for students who have double majored may be awarded at the same time.

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.

Graduation Application Procedures

The application for graduation should be completed as follows:

  • Print your name as you want it to appear on your degree.

  • Complete address with home and business phone numbers.

  • Correct title of curriculum (see catalog).
    1. type of degree.
    2. date of NRCC catalog used for graduation.

  • Semester and year anticipated completion of requirements.

  • List present semester classes and additional classes needed spring or summer semester.

  • Total number of transfer hours (check to see if transcript has been evaluated).

  • List number of other credits (CLEP, Proficiency exam, Advanced placement).

  • Student signature and date.

  • Approved and dated by advisor.

  • Return the application with What-If Report to the Admissions Office.

Late applications will still be processed; however, graduation certification could possibly be delayed. Applications are due Friday, November 13, 2015.

Graduation Practice

Graduation practice will be held during the Spring semester.

During this practice you will be given instructions on how to line up for graduation and what will take place during the ceremony. It is recommended that all graduates attend one of the times listed above. The practice usually lasts less than an hour. There will be refreshments and door prizes to help celebrate this exciting occasion.

Because handicapped seating is limited, if you have a guest who will be attending the graduation ceremony that has a special need/disability, you will need to see a staff member at one of the practice times.

Graduation Ceremony

Graduation will be Friday, May 13, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in Edwards Hall, room 117. Immediately following the formal exercise, a reception will be held for graduates and their family and friends. Degrees, diplomas and certificates will be mailed to the May graduates in June and August graduates in September.

Graduation Items

Cap and gowns will be available for purchase beginning April 1 from NRCC bookstore.
No ordering necessary.


  • Cap, Gown, and Tassel - $38.00 plus tax
  • Extra Tassel - $5.30 plus tax
  • Graduation Announcements (pkg. of 10) - $17.99 plus tax
  • Diploma Frame - $62.99 plus tax
Replacement Diplomas

If you have misplaced your original NRCC diploma, a replacement can be ordered through the Admissions and Records Office.  The cost is $10 for each diploma ordered.  You should allow 4 to 6 weeks for the diploma to arrive.


Admissions/Records Office Contact Information: New River Community College
5251 College Drive, Dublin, VA 24084
Phone: (540) 674-3603 Toll Free: 1-866-462-6722 ext 3603