Graduation Information

The Vance-Granville Community College commencement exercises will be held Friday, May 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the Main Campus in Henderson.

Candidates for an associate degree or diploma will be recognized at the graduation ceremony. This includes fall 2016, spring 2017 and anticipated summer 2017 graduates. Commencement is held outside in front of the gazebo and is free and open to the public. No admission tickets are required; however, seating is limited and is available on a first come, first serve basis. Guests are welcomed to bring lawn chairs for seating in the grassy area around the gazebo. The graduation ceremony is filmed and streamed live via the VGCC website (click here for video) for the convenience of those unable to attend.

Seating will also be available in the Civic Center on the Main Campus beginning at 4:30 pm on Friday, May 12, 2017. Guests will be able to view the outdoor ceremony streamed to a big screen in the comfort of an air conditioned building.

The ceremony begins promptly at 6:00 pm. Graduates should report to Building 5 by 5:00 pm to line up in marching order.*

Please note that traffic around the Main Campus is heavy a few hours before, during and after the graduation ceremony. It is recommended that both graduates and guests leave ample time to navigate traffic and find a parking space before ceremony activities begin.

A designated area will be provided for guests with disabilities. Students with disabilities are asked to contact Cathy Davis, Counselor at 252-738-3350 if special arrangements are needed.

Sign language services are provided during the ceremony for students and guests who are hearing impaired.

Printed diplomas are not distributed during commencement. Graduates will be given instructions after the ceremony that will direct them to a designated area of the campus where they will pick up their diploma. To make the diploma distribution process as quick and efficient as possible, we ask that family and friends wait for graduates outside.

Those individuals who applied to graduate, but do not participate in the graduation ceremony, may pick up their diploma in person in Building 8 on the Main Campus beginning the Monday after graduation. A photo ID is required to pick up a diploma. Any diplomas not picked up after approximately one week will be mailed to the address indicated on the Curriculum Application for Graduation form. Summer graduates will receive their diplomas in the mail by late August. The graduation fee must be paid before the graduate's degree will be distributed to him or her regardless of participation in the commencement ceremony. 

*If commencement is postponed due to inclement weather on Friday, May 12, 2017, the ceremony will be rescheduled for Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 11:00 am. Graduates would need to report to Building 5 by 10:00 am if graduation is rescheduled for May 13.