Graduation and Commencement Information

General Degree Requirements

The following general degree requirements apply to any degree granted by the NorthWest Arkansas Community College:

  • Completion of at least 15 semester hours in residence at NorthWest Arkansas Community College. (Certain professional degree programs may have more specific and/or extensive residency requirements.)
  • Presentation of a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 out of a possible 4.0 in all courses submitted for graduation. Some degree programs require a cumulative GPA above 2.0
  • Filing formal application for graduation for the fall, spring, or summer semesters.
  • Application deadline, to participate in the commencement ceremony, for the Spring semester is March 9th 2016.
  • Settlement of all financial obligations to satisfy the Business Office.

Graduation Audit

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.

Replacement Diplomas

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 email your request to

Commencement Ceremony

The May 2017 Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 13 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.

May 2017 Commencement Ceremony - Check here often for Commencement Ceremony Updates!

    Graduation Information Session for the May 2017 Ceremony
    Wednesday, May 10 — 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Becky Paneitz Student Center, Room 108

All graduates who are not taking final exams are encouraged to attend. If you are unable to attend the graduation information session due to final exams please contact to verify how your name and degree will be announced at the commencement ceremony.

Email if you have any questions.