NNMC COVID-19 Information   [Learn More]

Will commencement dates shift if semester dates shift?

Providing our students and their families with an opportunity to celebrate the tremendous accomplishment of earning a degree is one of the most important things we can do. We are monitoring the ever-changing situation, but in light of the current unprecedented global events, we have decided to delay all Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies. Revised dates and a revised schedule will be posted on our website when it has been finalized.

Since commencement has been postponed, does that mean I won’t graduate until the ceremony takes place?

Though the Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies are postponed, graduation is not. Students who complete their degree requirements will graduate from NNMC in May and receive their diploma digitally shortly thereafter. If a student does want to have a paper copy of their diploma, they will work directly with the Registrar’s Office to have it sent out via mail. We hope graduates come back and allow us to celebrate their accomplishments during a commencement ceremony, postponed to a date yet to be determined.

Has a new date or schedule been determined for Spring 2020 commencement? When will we know what the new ceremony date is?

The Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented situation, and it is changing almost daily. Northern New Mexico College will rely on the advice and guidance from the CDC and local health officials to determine when we can gather many people together.

How will I know when a new commencement date has been set?

When a decision is made about a new commencement date, the information will be distributed like the postponement announcement – with an email to the campus community and updates on this website.

How will I get my diploma? Will I have to wait until the postponed commencement date? Will I have to attend the ceremony to get my diploma?

Commencement ceremonies are celebratory events and do not confirm graduation for participants. Once grades are official and all degree requirements are confirmed, the Registrar will begin awarding degrees. Northern New Mexico College does not present graduates with their diplomas at commencement ceremonies. After a degree or academic certificate is awarded, the college will order the ceremonial diploma on the student’s behalf regardless of the date of the associated commencement ceremony.
All degrees and certificates will be sent digitally to the graduate’s Northern email address on file. If students do want to receive a paper copy of their degree, you will work directly with the Registrar’s Office. These degrees will be sent out via US Postal.  If you need to update your mailing address, please do so online.


Is there a way I can get my regalia now so that I can wear it to have graduation portraits taken?

In an effort to keep students and staff healthy and safe, The Bookstore @ Northern closed on March 16 and will remain closed until further notice, so purchasing regalia in the store or having it shipped to the store is not an option at this time.

However, until July 1, you can order and pay for your regalia here.


Complete Certificate Regalia $40.00
Complete Associate Regalia $40.00
Complete Bachelor Regalia $40.00

I pre-ordered my cap and gown online. Will you hold the items until the rescheduled commencement ceremony?

Because The Bookstore @ Northern is closed until further notice, staff will not be available to accept orders shipped to the store. When the store reopens, staff will contact customers who pre-ordered their regalia directly with information about their order, regarding new estimated times of arrival for pick-up and payment options.

If you pre-ordered and want to receive your regalia sooner than the store reopening (which has yet to be determined), send your name, email address and phone number to auxiliary@nnmc.edu and a staff member will contact you to process your payment and get your shipping information by phone. Your regalia can be shipped directly to you or Bookstore staff can arrange for curb-side pickup at the store.

I haven't ordered announcements yet, but would like to place an order to announce I have graduated. Currently, I still see the May 2020 commencement dates on the site. What should I do?

CB Grad has a generalized announcement template excluding dates for those students who wish to announce to their friends and family members that they've graduated. Please check CB Grad.com over the following weeks for this option. Do not order the announcements with the original May 2020 ceremony dates if you want this option. These orders will not be converted and will ship with the original dates on them. Please also note announcements take an estimated three weeks from the time the order is placed until the order ships out.

I have a question about regalia that is not addressed here. Who can I contact?

For answers to other questions, email auxiliary@nnmc.edu.

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