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Graduation and Commencement

The information on this web page contains all of the detailed information you will need as you prepare to complete a degree or certificate at NMC.

Graduation and Commencement – there is a difference. Graduation is the completion of all requirements for your degree or certificate. The degree or certificate is notated on your official academic transcript, and a diploma or certificate issued. Commencement is the ceremony recognizing your hard work and accomplishments. It is an opportunity for you, your family, friends, and the campus community to celebrate all that you have done.

It should be noted that diplomas and certificates are issued once all financial obligations to NMC are met.

Graduation

Applying for a Degree or Certificate

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All students are required to submit an online Graduation Application through Self Service and Records to receive a degree/credential. Students may apply to graduate in either the fall, spring or summer semesters.

Graduation Application Deadline: Applications should be submitted to the Records & Registration Office PRIOR to the start of the final semester of coursework toward completing the degree or certificate.

Late Applications: Applications will be processed after the deadline. However, it should be noted that for spring and summer applications submitted after the start of the spring semester, NMC cannot guarantee your name will be listed in the commencement program.

Once the graduation application is received in the Records & Registration Office, a preliminary degree audit of your record will be completed and the results sent to your NMC email. Please allow approximately two weeks from the time your application is received in the Records & Registration Office to receive the audit results. If at any time after you submit a Graduation Application you need to request a change in your expected date of graduation, contact the Records & Registration Office as soon as possible. DO NOT submit another application before speaking with someone.

Completing a Degree or Certificate

Once you have applied for a degree or certificate, you will have an expected semester of graduation. After you complete that final semester of classes and the grading process is completed for that semester, final degree audits will be completed. If the audit determines all requirements have been met, your degree or certificate will be awarded and posted to your official transcript.

What happens if you do not complete the degree or certificate requirements?

Once you complete your final semester of classes toward a degree or certificate, and the grading process is completed for that semester, final degree audits will be completed. If the audit determines all requirements were not completed, you will receive an email notification to your NMC email from the Records & Registration Office staff with information on your next steps.

If at any time after you submit a Graduation Application you need to request a change in your expected date of graduation, contact the Records & Registration Office.

Diplomas and Certificates

Diplomas and certificates are not handed out on commencement day. Once all degree or certificate requirements have been fulfilled, the degree or certificate will be mailed to the current address on file approximately 6–8 weeks after final grades have been processed for the semester of graduation.

It is important that students keep a current address on file with NMC. This is where the diploma will be mailed. You may update your address through Self-Service at any time. Any questions or concerns regarding the address on file may be directed to the Records and Registration Office at records@nmc.edu or (231) 995-1049.

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Commencement Ceremony »

View a recording of the May 1 ceremony » 

View/download the Class of 2020 & 2021 Commencement program »

NMC held a modified, in-person Commencement ceremony for both the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020 Saturday, May 1, 2021, between 1-4 p.m. at Milliken Auditorium in the Dennos Museum Center on NMC’s main campus.

The walk-through Commencement was held in accordance with NMC’s safety protocols, as well as state and local COVID-19 guidelines. Details are below.

  • Students were given a walk-through time between 1 and 4 p.m. Graduates were grouped by program area in order to be able to celebrate with classmates and faculty.
  • Each graduate walked across the stage to receive congratulations from college officials.
  • Graduate parties were socially distanced from each other in the museum and auditorium.
  • A photographer took pictures of each graduate, which are available for purchase.
  • Following the walk-through, graduates continued their celebration outside the museum. Additional photo opportunities and congratulations stations were available under tents, following current social distancing guidelines.

Please email the NMC Records Office at records@nmc.edu with any questions.