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Graduation Information

graduation imageFormal 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.

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

Graduation Information Sessions Take Place Each Fall Semester

Graduation information sessions take place during the fall semester. If you are unable to attend a graduation information session, please contact the admissions and records office for more information.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Room 123, NRCC Mall Site
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. Richardson Auditorium, Rooker Hall, Dublin
Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Godbey Hall Room 164, Dublin

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.

Graduation Application Procedures

The application for graduation should be completed and turned in to the Admissions and Records Office. Download Acrobat Reader

Late applications will still be processed; however, graduation certification could possibly be delayed. Applications are due Friday, November 8, 2019.

Graduation Practice

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.

Students who are upcoming 2019-20 graduation candidates and plan to participate in the graduation ceremony should plan to attend one of the following practice times on main campus:

Graduation practice dates will be posted during the spring 2020 semester.

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 15, 2020 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 from the NRCC bookstore.
No ordering necessary.

Estimated Prices:

  • Cap, Gown, and Tassel - $44.00 plus tax
  • Graduation Announcements (pkg. of 10) - $15.00 plus tax
  • Diploma Frame - $94.95 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
E-mail: tsmith@nr.edu



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