View and download photos taken at the Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) 2024 Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, May 9, 2024.

 Commencement/Graduation Ceremony

Northwest Shoals Community College hosts a commencement ceremony for graduates one time per year in the spring. Students who earn a certificate and/or degree during the summer or fall of 2023 and/or the spring of 2024 will be eligible to participate. The spring 2024 commencement/graduation ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2024 on our Shoals campus. 


Each semester the Registrar and designated staff will complete a graduation review for students who are on track to earn a credential during the term. Upon verifying program and GPA requirements, the Registrar will update the student record and after semester grades have posted, will provide clearance to award a degree and/or certificate. Diplomas will be mailed via
Parchment, our third-party diploma/transcript provider, 4-6 weeks after the semester ends.

Northwest Shoals Community College hosted the annual commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 9, 2024, on the Shoals Campus.

Graduation at Northwest Shoals Community College is a process that occurs upon successful completion of program/GPA requirements. Once a student receives graduation clearance from the Registrar, the certificate and/or degree will be awarded, transcript updated, and diploma mailed. Students who have or will meet graduation requirements in the summer or fall of 2023 or spring of 2024 are eligible to participate in the ceremony.

To facilitate planning for the ceremony, graduates are encouraged to register to participate at the link below by May 3, 2024. This includes students: 

  • Enrolled in spring 2024 courses who expect to complete a certificate or degree.
  • Who earned a certificate or degree in summer or fall of 2023. hosted

Please note, students who did not register for a graduation review prior to April 22 may be able to participate in the ceremony if they meet program requirements, but they may not be reflected in the commencement program.

You may purchase your cap and gown from the Shoals Campus bookstore. You may visit Monday – Thursday, 9am – 4pm or Friday 9am – 12pm. You can also email or call (256)331-5227 for other arrangements. Please be aware that the cost of a cap and gown is approximately $70.

Check in at the BACK doors of the Shoals Campus Patriot Center (Gym) no later than 30 minutes before the beginning of your ceremony. Please allow time for parking.

There is no designated parking for graduates; however, there will be designated handicapped parking. If you or one of your guests will require handicapped parking, please indicate this to a College official upon your arrival. Special parking will be to the side of the Patriot Center.

Wear Sunday apparel under your graduation gowns. It is appropriate to wear dresses or dark pants. NO blue jeans. You are allowed to decorate your cap if desired; however, any caps containing vulgarity will not be allowed into the ceremony.

You will not receive your diploma on the day of graduation. You will receive a diploma cover. Upon verification of final grades/successful completion of the credential, your diploma will be mailed to your home within 3-4 weeks after your graduating semester. Please ensure that your mailing address is correct in your myNWSCC account.

Seating is bleacher style and is first-come, first-serve. Please encourage your guest to arrive early for premium seating.