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Annual Events

NMC hosts many annual events on campus as well as at other community locations, including:


  • NMC Spring Transfer Fair - Held in March, students can meet with over 20 university representatives who specialize in working with transfer students.
  • Scholarship Luncheon – Held in April for donors and recipients.
  • Commencement – Held the first Saturday in May. See a photo gallery from the 2021 Commencement.
  • Big Little Hero Race — An annual fun run, 5K and 10K race organized by NMC business program students, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan and NMC College for Kids that starts and ends on NMC's main campus. 
  • TEDx Traverse City – An independently organized TED event held in May.


  • Kids Free Fishing Day – Held on a June Saturday at the Great Lakes Campus. See a photo gallery.
  • Aviation Fly In – July benefit for Aviation Division held in conjunction with National Cherry Festival.


  • Mike McIntosh Memorial Truck & Car Show – A September event benefiting the Automotive Department.
  • Great Lakes ~ Great Chefs Dinner – An annual showcase of the region's cuisine and chefs.
  • NMC Fall Transfer Fair - Held in October (the same day as College Night) students can meet with over 20 university representatives who specialize in working with transfer students.
  • College Night – Held in October, a chance for area high school students to meet with representatives from more than 50 colleges and universities
  • Mariners Memorial Service – Typically held Nov. 10 at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy
  • Veterans Day Tribute – Held on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, unless Veterans Day falls on a weekend, when it is held on the nearest weekday


  • A Taste of Success (formerly Tasters' Guild Tasting Event & Auction) – A benefit for the Great Lakes Culinary Institute featuring international cuisine

Here is a partial listing of other annual events that take place on the campuses of NMC:

student events

community events



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