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 Session
Information sessions regarding fall 2013, spring 2014, and summer 2014 graduation will be as follows:
Tuesday, October 22 at 11:00 a.m. in Richardson Auditorium, Rooker Hall
Tuesday, October 22 at 5:30 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium, Rooker Hall
Wednesday, October 23 at 2:00 p.m. in Room 123, Christiansburg Mall Site
Attendance at one of these sessions is not mandatory. If you believe you are a potential graduation candidate, please plan to attend one of the sessions to learn more about applying for graduation.
Preparing for Graduation
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:
- 3.200-3.499 Cum Laude.
- 3.500-3.799 Magna Cum Laude.
- 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).
- number of credits required.
- type of degree.
- date of NRCC catalog used for graduation.
Late applications will still be processed; however, graduation certification could possibly be delayed.
Dates and times for spring 2014 graduation practice will be announced in March.
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 will be Thursday, May 15, 2014 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.
Caps, gowns, tassels and announcements may be purchased from the NRCC Bookstore.
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
P.O. Box 1127 Dublin, VA 24084
Phone: (540) 674-3603 Toll Free: 1-866-462-6722 ext 3603