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Graduation Information

You should apply for graduation once you have enrolled in the final courses you need for your degree or certificate.

File an application for graduation with the college from which you plan to graduate. Even if you have finished your official degree plan, filling out the application for graduation is the only way to ensure you receive your certificate or diploma.

This form informs the college when you will be completing your degree or certificate, and how you would like your name to appear on your diploma or certificate of completion.

If you have met all TSI requirements, degree/certificate and graduation requirements (including up-to-date copies of transcripts from all colleges attended outside the DCCCD), you will be awarded your degree or certificate of completion at the end of the appropriate term.

Twenty-five percent (25%) of the total credit hours within your degree or certificate must be completed at the college awarding the degree or certificate.

For more detailed information about degree and certificate requirements for graduation, see the catalog.

North Lake College 2019 Commencement

A Commencement Ceremony is held at the end of the spring semester. All participants must complete the Graduation Participation Form. You must submit this form by Friday, April 19 to have your name appear in the program. If you submit the form between April 20 and May 10, you will be able to participate in the ceremony but your name will not appear in the printed commencement program. This form will not be available for submission after May 10.

There is no rehearsal prior to graduation and tickets are not required for guests.

Please note the new April 19 deadline for having your name appear in the graduation program.

2019 commencement date and location

Friday, May 17 at 7 p.m.
Loos Field House, Addison, TX

Directions to the Loos Field House are 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 $29.88 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 bottle from landfills. North Lake diploma frames are made from eco-friendly hardwood certifirf 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.

More information and instructions about the ceremony will be emailed to participants.


If participants or guests are in need of accommodations at the ceremony please contact the Disability Services Office for assistance.

If you have any questions regarding graduation requirements, please email us with Ready to Graduate in the subject line.

Diplomas and certificates

North Lake College diplomas and certificates are awarded after the end of the fall semester, spring semester (which includes wintermester classes), and summer semester (which includes Maymester classes).
We will email you when your diploma is available to be picked up or mailed.
Because we conduct all communication through email, it is very important you keep your email address updated with the Degree Audit office. To update your email address, please email us with Change of Email Address in the subject line.

Reverse Transfer

If you are a previous North Lake College student who later transferred to another college/university, you may be eligible for reverse transfer.
If you did not complete requirements at NLC, but later took those courses at other colleges/universities, we may be able to offer you a degree or certificate.
If you’d like to see if you can earn a degree/certificate from North Lake College using reverse transfer, please send us an official copy of your transcripts and we will conduct an audit.
Please mail them to this address:
North Lake College
Degree Audit
Attn: Reverse Transfer
5001 N. MacArthur Blvd
Irving, TX 75038
If you have any questions, please email us with Reverse Transfer in the subject line