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Graduation Ceremony Information for Students


It's your big day! Be prepared for the graduation ceremony by reading the following information about caps, gowns, checking in, parking and more. 

 Male NWACC Graduate

Students participating in the graduation ceremony may purchase their caps, gowns and announcements through the Barnes & Noble Campus Bookstore located on the first floor of the Becky Paneitz Student Center.

Tip: To remove the wrinkles, hang up your gown after purchasing.

If cost is an obstacle to participating in graduation please contact the Office of Student Life at studentlife@nwacc.edu to borrow a cap and gown. Also, if you have a black gown from another graduation ceremony, you are welcome to use that.

Honors Cords
Students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are eligible to wear honors cords. These may be purchased at Barnes and Noble Bookstore.

Veterans Cords
Students who served in the U.S. armed forces are provided a red, white and blue stole to wear during the graduation ceremony. Qualified students need to contact Veterans Resources.

International Flag Stoles
Students interested in purchasing a stole to represent their country's flag during the graduation ceremony, contact International Programs

Honors Societies Stoles - PTK, GBP and SKD - contact your advisor for information on how to purchase.

Summa Cum Laude includes degree seeking graduates who have a 4.0 GPA on 24 or more hours. Magna Cum Laude includes degree seeking graduates who have a 3.5-3.9 GPA on 24 or more hours.

Magna Cum Laude includes degree seeking graduates who have a 3.5-3.99 GPA on 24 or more hours.

Cum Laude includes degree seeking graduates who have a 3.0-3.49 GPA on 24 or more hours.

Spring 2022 graduation ceremony will occur on May 14th at Bentonville High School’s Arend Arts Center. Be sure to check your NWACC email for ceremony details, to reserve spots for guests, and to know which ceremony you'll be assigned to attend.

Date: May 14th

Location: Bentonville High School’s Arend Arts Center
1901 SE J St. Bentonville, Arkansas

CEREMONY TIMES BY DEGREE

8:00 A.M.
Nursing Pinning

10:00 AM                                                  
Health Professions/Food Studies/Construction/Workforce
Degrees: Pre-Health, Health Science, Paramedic, Emergency Medical Technician, Nursing, Dental, Health Information Management, Fire Science, Physical Therapist Assistant, Respiratory Therapist, Food Studies (Culinary, Hospitality, Baking), Construction Technology, Bicycle Assembly & Repair, General Technology

12:00 PM
Business and Computer
Degrees: Associate of Science Business Transfer, Associate of Science Business Walton College/ Information Systems of Business , Computer Networking, Computer Programming, Computer Information Systems, Retail, Entrepreneurship, Logistics, Computer Aided Design, Business Management, General Business, Accounting, Electronics Technology

2:00 PM
Communication and Arts/Math and Science
Degrees: Associate of Arts, Associate of Fine Arts (Creative Writing, Theatre, Visual Art), Graphic Design, Associate of Science Liberal Arts and Sciences (STEM, Agriculture), Horticulture, Workforce Certificate, Early College Experience Students earning Associate of Art and Associate of Science Degrees

4:00 PM                                                     
Social Behavioral Sciences/Education/Criminal Justice
Degrees: Associate of Science Liberal Arts and Sciences (Non-STEM), Child Advocacy Studies, Early Childhood Education, Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, Child Development, Associate of General Studies, Certificate of General Studies

Check In
Graduates should arrive 45 minutes before their ceremony to properly check in and receive instructions.

Photos
Graduation photos will be taken by 5H Photography and purchasing information will be provided day of.

Ceremony Attire
Students must wear graduation cap and gown to walk in the ceremony.

Parking is located on the North and East side of Arend Arts Center. 

Students can invite up to seven guests. There is no need to make a reservation.

Complete the NWACC graduation checklist if you meet either of the following criteria:

  • You completed a degree or certificate in the fall and want to participate in the spring graduation ceremony.
  • You are planning to complete a degree or certificate in the spring or summer.

Be sure to:

  • Contact student organizations
    • Ask club advisors of any student organization that you participate in if you need to order any type of honors cord or stole to wear at the graduation ceremony.
  • Contact the library
    • Make sure you don’t have any unreturned items or unpaid fines
  • Contact the Treasurer’s Office
    • Ask if you owe NWACC any money and pay any outstanding debts. Diplomas and transcripts will not be sent if all financial obligations to NWACC are not met.
  • Contact NWACC Transfer Services (Student Center 2nd Floor)
    • Learn about transfer degree opportunities
    • Get connected with a transfer institution
  • Request your final transcript online
    • Request your final transcript online through MyNWACC
  • Contact Disability Services
    • If you need to request accommodations for graduation, make sure you let disability services know
  • Contact Enrollment Support
    • Make sure you have completed mandatory online financial aid exit counseling
  • Contact the Barnes and Noble book store
    • Ask about dates for book buy back. Selling your books is much easier to do while you’re still on campus.