About Our Commencement
2021 Graduation Commencement Information:
Date: Friday, May 7th, 2021
Location: Farris Stadium (1604 and Hausman)
Planning to participate in our 2021 commencement? Students who complete(d) their degree requirements in Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021 (lacking only 8 credit hours or less and have a 2.0 minimum GPA) must meet with their assigned academic advisor for a degree review by the deadline.
- All potential graduates participating must complete the registration that was sent to them to obtain a QR code ahead of time
- You must bring the QR code to the event
- The event will be live streamed; and those participating in the event may be shown in the live stream.
2021 Cap and Gown Pick-Up:
Cap and gown Giveaway for Northwest Vista Commencement 2021 will be held at the Northwest Vista Campus on Thursday April 29th and Friday April 30th from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm in front of the Palmetto Arts Center. Those who have completed a graduation application will be sent an e-mail to reserve a pick up slot.
2021 Graduation Route Information:
No, you do not have to attend the graduation ceremony to receive a degree but you do need to apply for graduation to have your degree reviewed so you can be awarded a degree. Because this December event will be contactless no materials will be given at that time.
Eight to ten working weeks after the official close of the term in which you have graduated.
Students may request a re-print or duplicate diploma at the link below, the fee is $25.
Commencement Ceremony FAQs
No, you do not have to participate in the commencement ceremony in order to receive your diploma.
However, you still need to meet with your Academic Advisor to complete mandatory graduation advising as you approach completion of a program.
Commencement refers to the ceremony, which is an opportunity for students to celebrate their academic accomplishments with their peers, family and friends. There is no cost for graduation. The diploma, cap and gown are provided by the Alamo Colleges District. Participation in commencement does not guarantee or indicate degree completion.
Graduation is a process consisting of meeting with your certified academic advisor, applying for graduation on paper, updating your diploma name and address in ACES if necessary, along with completing all academic requirements.
Only students who have applied for graduation are allowed to participate in commencement ceremonies.
No. Participation in a commencement ceremony does not imply or infer the awarding of a degree at the time of the commencement ceremony; a final degree audit must be completed before a degree is officially awarded.
Cap and Gown Questions
Students that designated on their graduation application they would attend a commencement ceremony (this would have happened when meeting with your academic advisor) will be emailed directly about an opportunity to pick up their cap and gown by appointment. These pick up dates will be during the month of April. Check your email for this information (both student and personal).
Your cap and gown is a keepsake for you to cherish, you will not need to return it.
Day of Commencement Ceremony
To ensure the wellness of our graduates and their guests the Spring 2021 graduation ceremony will be held at Farris Stadium (1604 and Hausman).
We invite you to celebrate with on May 7th at 7:00pm for our Drive-through Commencement Ceremony at Farris Stadium (1604 and Hausman). More information to come
This commencement ceremony will take place Friday, May 7th at 7:00pm at Farris Stadium (1604 and Hausman).
No, we ask that graduates and their guests remain in their vehicle during this event (see more in the Guests section below).
No, there is no rehearsal for commencement.
No, you do not need a ticket.
However, you will receive a QR code.
Because of the limited parking of this event, each graduate is limited to one vehicle and the number of guests (including themselves) that can legally fit into it. Please don't overcrowd your vehicle and abide by all applicable state laws (see Texas Occupant Restraint Laws for more information). Please do not bring a camper-size vehicle.
No, we ask that attendees remain in their vehicle for the entirety of the ceremony.
You should arrive between 7:00pm and 8:00pm.
Yes. Each graduating student is limited to one vehicle that will contain themselves and their guests.
How to View Ceremony Online and Inclement Weather Cancelation Policy
No, because of the special logistics of the event, we will not be able to reschedule it if the May 7th event is canceled.
Event will take place rain or shine.