Graduation FAQ

Who can walk the stage?

Northeast Lakeview College holds an annual Graduation ceremony in May. Students may participate in the ceremony if they are graduating in the current Spring semester, subsequent Summer semester, or previous Fall semester.

Do I have to attend the ceremony in order to receive my diploma?

No; walking the stage is optional.  All diplomas are mailed out 8-10 weeks after completion of degree requirements.

Where can I get my cap & gown?

Continue to monitor your e-mail and NLC Social Media sites for information on Graduation Fiesta. This is an event that supplies more detailed information about the graduation ceremony, caps & gowns, parking passes, photography opportunities, and more!

Can I decorate my Cap and Gown?
Traditional NLC Graduates are encouraged to decorate their caps.
JECA students:  Because High School graduation does not allow cap decorating, JECA students must keep their caps clean."
How are honors determined, and when will I receive my honors cords?

Any student who completes graduation requirements with a 3.5 overall GPA (or higher) will be issued a gold Honors cord with their cap and gown at Graduation Fiesta. 

Any additional recognition items are to be coordinated with specific organizations.  For example, Phi Theta Kappa Stoles are purchased through the Phi Theta Kappa organization.

How long can I expect the ceremony to be?

Charge your phone; the ceremony lasts up to 2 hours.

How can I order formal announcements/class rings?

You may order graduation products through

Do I need to be degree complete before attending Commencement?

Students may participate in commencement if they are within 12 hours of degree completion.  Your diploma will not be mailed until ALL degree requirements are met.