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General Information for Graduates

Graduation procedures for Thursday, May 15:

Please report to the graduation sign-in table in Godbey Hall near the switchboard/security area by 5:30 p.m.  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 Lewis 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 at 6:15 p.m.  The ceremony will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. 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. Pat Huber, vice president for instruction and student services, from the name card you hand her.  When you approach the stage, Dr. Jack Lewis, 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.

After the ceremony, a reception in your honor will be held in the T. J. Anderson Student Lounge in Martin Hall with music provided by The Old Pros Big Band of New River Community College. Free digital snapshots and refreshments will be available. Please invite your family and friends to attend the reception with you.


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