Graduation and Commencement Information
General Degree Requirements
The following general degree requirements apply to any degree granted by the NorthWest Arkansas Community College:
Graduation degree checks are completed by the Student Records Office prior to graduation
Students will receive their degree checks with a letter detailing the results.
Degree seeking students who have completed 24 hours or more with NWACC by the end of the semester proceeding the commencement semester and have a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) or higher, are entitled to wear an honor cord during graduation. Student's designated as Summa Cum Laude graduates will have a 4.0 GPA on 24 or more credit hours; Magna Cum Laude will have a 3.5-3.9 GPA on 24 or more hours.
Clearing for graduation can take approximately 6 weeks after the end of each term. Diplomas are mailed directly from Diplomas on Demand. Students who completed their graduation requirements in December will receive their diplomas in the mail early to mid-March, Spring graduates should receive it by mid August and Summer graduates by mid-October.
If you need a replacement diploma we are happy to help you. The replacement diploma will be made in house, which means it will look slightly different from your original diploma. All request for replacements must be made in writing and include your name, student ID#, what degree you earned, the address where you want it mailed to and your signature. Please submit your request to Julie Jarrett in the Student Records Office or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The May 2016 Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 14 at the Arend Arts Center. Times for the ceremony will be announced. Although students may graduate three times during the school year - fall, spring, and summer - NWACC holds only one commencement ceremony annually. Students who applied for graduation and meet preliminary graduation requirements will receive an information packet in April with details of the commencement ceremony. Caps, gowns, honor cords, and announcements are purchased and distributed from the Barnes & Noble Campus Bookstore.
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Graduation Information Session for the May 2016 Ceremony