A Commencement Ceremony is held at the end of the spring semester. All participants must complete the Commencement Participation Form.
There is no rehearsal prior to graduation, and tickets are not required for guests.
2014 Commencement Date
Friday, May 9, 2014
Irving Convention Center
Directions to the Irving Convention Center are listed below or available on Google Maps.
Caps and Gowns
Graduation regalia is available at the campus bookstore. The bookstore can also sell frames for diplomas.
Cap, gown, and tassel packages are $29.50 plus tax. Individual tassels are $5 plus tax. Honor stoles are $24.95 plus tax. For other prices and available items, please stop by the bookstore.
Our caps and gowns are made by Herff Jones and are created using a yarn called Repreve. This yarn is created from recycled plastic water bottles. Each gown is created from approximately 29 water bottles, and Repreve yarn has kept over 7 million bottles from landfills. North Lake diploma frames are made from eco-friendly hardwood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
Flash Photography will be photographing each graduate during the commencement ceremony. Complimentary proofs will be mailed to graduates within one week. If you have any questions, please contact Flash Photography.
Information for Graduates
Remove your cap and gown from the plastic bag at least 48 hours prior to the ceremony to prevent wrinkles. Do not bring personal items (like purses or cosmetic bags) with you for the graduation line-up! Turn off all cell phones. There is no place in the facility to safely store your belongings.
Please arrive no earlier than 6:00 p.m. and no later than 6:45 p.m.
Directions to the Irving Convention Center
Get specific directions to the Irving Convention Center using Google Maps. Simply type your address into the first box.
Using public transportation
The DART light rail has a stop at the Irving Convention Center, on the Orange Line. This provides direct access to North Lake College, Love Field, and downtown Dallas. Find schedules and travel times.
If you are traveling from DFW International Airport using public transportation, find the yellow 500 bus in front of the far northern end of Terminal A and take it to Belt Line Station, which is on the light rail's Orange Line just two stops away from the Irving Convention Center.
From DFW International Airport
Leave the airport using the north exit. Take Highway 114 East (John Carpenter Freeway) to O'Connor Boulevard. Exit and turn left on O'Connor Boulevard, then turn left on Las Colinas Boulevard. The Convention Center will be on your left.
From Central Dallas
Take I-35E (Stemmons Freeway) north to the Highway 183/114 exit (left three lanes). Proceed westbound and veer right onto 114 (John Carpenter Freeway) when 114 and 183 split. Exit O'Connor Boulevard, turn right onto O'Connor, then left on Las Colinas Boulevard. The Convention Center will be on your left.
From Central Fort Worth
Travel northeast on Highway 121. Merge onto Interstate 820 northbound, then Highway 183 (Airport Freeway) eastbound. Continue on 183 until exiting at O'Connor Boulevard. Turn left on O'Connor Boulevard, continue for some time, then make a left on Las Colinas Boulevard. The Convention Center will be on your left.
There should be no charge for parking at the convention center.