Graduation FAQ

North Florida College holds two graduation ceremonies each year.  One is held in May for Spring and Summer graduates.  One is held in December for Summer and Fall graduates.

The deadline for Graduation application and the dates and times of the upcoming commencement are posted in the College Calendar .

Graduation Details for Upcoming Graduation

  • Deadline to Apply:  Check the NFC calendar for this deadline. College Calendar
  • Deadline to Order Cap/Gown: September 16, 2020
  • Ceremony:  Date: December 17, 2020 Time: TBA 
  • Location: Van H. Priest Auditorium on the NFC campus

Note: Spring graduation information is available under QUICK LINKS to the left.

Graduation Application

The application process starts by meeting with NFC Graduation Specialist Katie Terry (Walter L. Bishop Administration Building, Bldg. 3) for a graduation check and completing a graduation application by the posted deadline for the term. Check the NFC calendar for the deadline this term. College Calendar

Graduation Application Instructions

Don’t miss these Graduation Instructions!

  • Print and complete the: graduation application
  • Indicate whether or not you will participate in the ceremony.
  • Indicate whether or not you want your name published in the program which includes publishing in the newspaper.
  • Be sure the application name is the name you want on your diploma!
  • If you are using an alternate address and DO NOT want your permanent address changed, please note that on the application.


Diplomas are printed after all requirements for a term have been completed.  The address on your Graduation Application will be used.  Be sure it is accurate!  Diplomas are mailed approximately 3-4 weeks after Spring graduation and after the new year for the Fall. 


Certificates are printed after all requirements for your program have been completed.  The address on your Graduation Application will be used.  Be sure it is accurate!  Certificates are mailed approximately 4-6 weeks after program completion.


Be Wise!  Check for any obligations you might have on campus, such as library fines, tickets you might have received on campus and any other fees you might owe.  Check with the NFC Graduation Specialist for any additional holds you may have.  You will not receive your transcript or diploma until all holds are resolved.


Graduation photographs will be taken the night of the ceremony.  Graduates will have to request their free photo via the link that will be sent out prior to graduation.

Graduating with Academic Honors

Academic Honors are based on GPA and are described in the college catalog under the Academic Regulations section.  Honor cords are given to students based on all of your completed terms at NFC.  For Program graduates, all requirements of the program must be met before Honors can be awarded at graduation.

Graduation Protocol

The Commencement Ceremony is a most dignified event.  Decorum and courtesy are very important for graduates and their guests.

All graduates and members of the general audience should stand and remove hats following the lead of the stage guests.

No air horns, balloons, bubbles, beach balls or similar items are allowed in the ceremony.  The use of noisemakers may be intended to show one person’s pride in a graduate, but it can also ruin the chance for another family to hear the name of their graduate announced.

Cap & Gowns

Caps and Gowns are ordered from the NFC Graduation Specialist. You must pay for them at the time of order. Please check with NFC Graduation Specialist Katie Terry on the order deadline.


Tassels should be worn on the RIGHT side.  During the ceremony when you have officially been conferred your degree, you will be directed to move your tassel from the right to the left.

Invitations and Guest Limits

Because of limited seating, NFC will provide each graduate who walks in the Ceremony with  Admission Guest Tickets.  Each graduation participate will receive the same number of guest tickets.

Phi Theta Kappa Strolling and Nurse's Pinning

These ceremonies are separate from Graduation.  Contact the PTK sponsor or the nursing program director for details. PTK regalia may be worn at graduation; however that is ordered by the student. 

What to Wear

  • Graduates must be attired in full academic regalia to participate in the ceremony.
  • Female graduates – Dark clothing and shoes; skin tone hose; no beach-type thongs/sandals or shorts
  • Male graduates – White shirts; dark ties; dark trousers; no beach-type thongs/sandals or shorts
  • Guest – Business casual


Graduation rehearsal is held on an afternoon the week before Commencement.  Participating graduates will be notified of the time and date of the practice as soon as that information is available.  Caps and gowns will be issued to the graduates immediately after the practice.

Handicapped Access

The ushers will direct you to handicapped seating.  One guest may sit with the handicapped guest and in some instances, more may be seated near.  Seating with the handicapped guest is subject to availability and demand on a first-come-first-serve basis.


There will be a short reception following the ceremony where punch and cookies will be served.

Ceremony Participation Deadline

If you choose to participate in the ceremony you must have met the following requirements by the Graduation Application deadline:

  • Contacted NFC Graduation Specialist Katie Terry
  • Ordered and paid for your cap and gown

You cannot just attend the ceremony and walk.