Spring 2020 classes have resumed online.
Please visit dcccd.edu/coronavirus for additional information and to learn how to prepare for online classes.

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 program of study, 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.

You must complete 25% of the total credit hours within your degree or certificate 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 2020 Commencement

Commencement has been postponed indefinitely due to ongoing public health concerns.

A Commencement Ceremony is held at the end of the spring semester to recognize the previous fall's graduates and spring and summer candidates for graduation. Students are eligible to participate in the ceremony if no more than six (6) credit hours remain at the end of the spring semester. Commencement is ceremonial only and does not confer the right of a degree upon a student. Diplomas and certificates are not distributed at the ceremony.

Any fall graduate, or spring or summer candidate who wants to attend the ceremony is required to RSVP by submitting a Commencement Participation Form. New deadlines to fill out the form will be published after 2020 commencement has been rescheduled. Detailed information will be sent to students who RSVP, including information on an optional rehearsal and tickets for guests. 

Fill Out the Commencement Participation Form

2020 commencement date and location

Commencement has been postponed indefinitely due to ongoing public health concerns.


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