Applying for Graduation FAQs

Advising Appointment Questions

When should I visit with my Academic Advisor for Graduation Advising?

You will want to visit with your Academic Advisor within your last 2 semesters of completing your certificate or degree.

Why meet with your assigned advisor?
  • Process a degree review
  • File the necessary paper work
  • Complete the mandatory graduation application
  • Confirm if you will be attending the commencement ceremony
What should I expect during my graduation advising session?

During your mandatory advising session you will expect to have your certified academic advisor review your Alamo GPS, verify your major and catalog year, complete any necessary forms and paperwork, and complete an application for graduation. 

Why is it mandatory to meet with an academic advisor prior to graduation?

We want to make sure you are on track and on time to graduate with your certificate or degree. We also need to verify that you have satisfied all of your program requirements to be awarded your certificate and or degree earned.

Other Questions You May Have

What are the steps to complete my degree and graduate?

1. Meet with an advisor (determine your goals)
2. Choose a degree
3. Follow your degree plan
4. Apply for graduation (after 45 college-level credit hours are completed)

Do the requirements for a degree ever change?

You will stay on the degree plan and catalog year that you are following. Do not check the latest catalog for the latest degree plan as it may have been updated. Instead follow the degree plan from the year you started as a student or the year you declared your major. If you're unsure, check with your assigned advisor. If you decide to change your major and/or catalog year, you must meet with your assigned advisor to process the change and review the new major and/or catalog year requirements. You have five years to complete the degree plan requirements. Once the five years have passed, you would meet with your assigned advisor to look at a newer catalog year or ask for a catalog extension.

How many college credit hours does it take to earn a degree from NVC?

Approximately 60 college level credit hours.

Which developmental level courses count toward degree completion?

Developmental level courses do not count toward degree completion but are necessary to enroll in college-level classes.

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.

Is there a graduation application fee?


What are the requirements to be eligible for graduation?

To be awarded an Associates Degree and/or Certificate please review your appropriate college catalog to learn of your requirements.

Who do I contact if any of the information provided on my application for graduation has changed?

You may contact your assigned advisor or the degree completion team at