This is it. It’s your last semester at Nashville State. You’re ready to get your diploma and take your next step. Before you do, make sure you’ve completed the necessary steps to apply for graduation. Reference this page and contact your advisor so you’re ready.
How to Apply for Graduation
Intent to Graduate Form
Please be aware of the graduation application deadlines. See the college catalog and the Intent to Graduate application for posted deadlines.
Note: Students who miss the graduation deadline are not guaranteed an evaluation prior to the beginning of their final term or participation in the annual Commencement ceremony. If you have missed the graduation deadline and you are unsure if you should submit the graduation application late, please email us at Graduation@nscc.edu.
All students who submit an Intent to Graduate application by the posted deadline for their graduation term will receive a preliminary graduation evaluation. This evaluation is based on the completion of the course and other program or graduation requirements. The official evaluation will provide information regarding outstanding requirements, diploma distribution, and Commencement participation.
Note: Program course requirements are based on the academic year in which the student officially declared the degree or certificate.
Graduation Exit Exam
All students earning an Associate degree (A.A., A.A.S., A.F.A., A.S., A.S.T.) are required to complete the Graduation Exit Exam during their final semester. Fall graduates should complete the exam by December 1. Spring graduates should complete the exam by May 1. Summer graduates should complete the exam by July 15. Technical Certificate students are exempt from this exam. Get more information on the Testing Center page.
Departmental Exit Exam
A.A.S. and Technical Certificate students may be required to complete a departmental or program exit exam. Most program exit exams are administered in the program Capstone course. Check with your advisor for details.
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Graduation honors are determined by undergraduate NSCC coursework only.
3.90-4.0 Summa Cum Laude
3.75-3.89 Magna Cum Laude
3.5-3.74 Cum Laude
Your honors designation will become a permanent part of your Nashville State Community College record and will be denoted on both your transcript and diploma.
Completion of Multiple Concentrations
Students may complete multiple concentrations with a single A.A.S. major. Completion of a second concentration will reflect on your transcript, but students will NOT receive a separate diploma for each concentration. To apply for completion of a second concentration, fill out and submit the Completion of a Second Concentration application found on the Student Records page.
Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for 2-year colleges and academic programs. If you are a member, it will not be printed on your diploma but will be denoted on your transcript. There is a seal available for members to place on their diploma. Contact the advisor of Phi Theta Kappa for more information.