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About Our Commencement

(Graduation Ceremony)

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, Northwest Vista College’s 2019-2020 Commencement Ceremony has been rescheduled for December 3, 2020. Updates regarding commencement and additional information will be posted to the website and sent to students' ACES emails. Thank you for your understanding. 

Commencement 2020 

2020 Graduation Commencement Information:

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Fiesta Texas: The Drive-in at Fiesta Texas

Planning to participate in our 2020 commencement? Students who complete(d) their degree requirements in Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020, or Fall 2020 (lacking only 8 credit hours or less) must meet with their assigned academic advisor for a degree review by the deadline.

2020 Cap and Gown Pick-Up: 

Click here to fill out the form to collect your Cap and Gown. 

Diploma Questions

Do I have to attend the graduation ceremony to receive my degree?

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.

When will I receive my diploma?

Eight to ten working weeks after the official close of the term in which you have graduated.

What if I want to purchase a duplicate diploma or re-print?

Students may request a re-print or duplicate diploma at the link below, the fee is $25.

Commencement Ceremony FAQs


Is participation in the commencement ceremony required?

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. 

What is the difference between commencement and graduation?

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.

Can I participate in commencement if I have not completed all my requirements?

Only students who have applied for graduation are allowed to participate in commencement ceremonies.

I was part of the ceremony, does that mean I graduated?

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

How will I get my cap and gown ahead of the commencement?

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 November. Check your email for this information (both student and personal).

Can I keep my cap and gown?

Your cap and gown is a keepsake for you to cherish, you will not need to return it.

Day of Commencement Ceremony

Where is this year’s contactless graduation ceremony?

The Drive-in A tFiesta Texas

To ensure the wellness of our graduates and their guests the December 2020 graduation ceremony will be held at Fiesta Texas: The Drive-in at Fiesta Texas.

When is this year’s contactless commencement ceremony?

This commencement ceremony will take place Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 2020 at 7PM.

Will graduates be walking a stage during this event?

No, we ask that graduates and their guests remain in their vehicle during this event (see more in the Guests section below).

Will there be a rehearsal?

No, there is no rehearsal for commencement.

Will I need a ticket to attend this event?

Yes, this is a ticketed event. Each graduate is limited to one ticket. The ticket must be requested in advance.

Click here to reserve your one ticket. The Gift Code is your ACES login.

(example: Wildcat Willie's ACES login is wwillie1)

Will I have to purchase my one ticket for me and my guests to attend?

No, your ticket will be free. Your one ticket will allow you and your guests to enter. However, it will have to be requested in advance.

Where do I park?

This ceremony will be done as a drive-in movie style event. The Drive-in at Fiesta Texas staff will be directing cars to spots as they arrive.

How will parking look during this event?

The screen will be at the middle of the parking lot with attendees parked on both sides of it. See diagram below:

Fiesta Drive-in Parking

Click here for more information about the venue

Where are the restrooms?

Restrooms at the Drive-in at Fiesta Texas are located cliffside and will be regularly sanitized.


How many guests can I invite?

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.

Will I or my guests be allowed to exit our vehicle during this event?

The day’s attendees will be able to exit their vehicle to use the restroom. Otherwise, we ask that attendees remain in their vehicle for the entirety of the ceremony. This can include sitting in the bed of the truck or the back of a hatchback. Lawn chairs, picnic blankets, and any other external seating outside the vehicle is not allowed at this time. Click here for more information about safety requirements at the venue.

What time should I and my guests arrive for commencement?

You should arrive 2 hour prior to the ceremony in which you plan to attend.

Are there vehicle limitations?

Yes. Each graduating student is limited to one vehicle that will contain themselves and their guests. No scooters, motorcycles, or vehicles exceeding 20ft long and/or 8ft tall will be admitted to the venue.

Must I follow social distancing practices during this event?

Yes, masks are required if you exit your vehicle for any reason, including going to the restroom or picking up concessions. Guests must bring their own masks. Click here for more information about safety requirements at the venue.

Food and Drink

Will refreshments be available during this event?

You are allowed to bring your own food and drinks. Click here to learn more about bringing food and drink to the venue.

How to View Ceremony Online and Inclement Weather Cancelation Policy

Will the video shown at Fiesta Texas be livestreamed elsewhere?

Yes, that day’s video presentation will be livestreamed on NVC’s YouTube channel.

If this event is canceled due to inclement weather will there be a later rescheduled event?

No, because of the special logistics of the event, we will not be able to reschedule it if the December 3rd event is canceled.

Who do I email if I have questions not addressed in the FAQs?
Please email any questions to: