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Graduation Information


For Spring 2021 graduates you should apply now in myVGCC . The May 2021 graduation ceremony is currently scheduled for Friday May 14, 2021, but stay tuned for additional details as the college continues to prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.

Candidates for an associate degree or diploma will be recognized at the May graduation ceremony. This includes fall, spring and anticipated summer 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 ceremony begins promptly at 6:00 pm. Graduates must 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 Application for Graduation. Summer graduates will receive their diplomas in the mail by late August. The graduation fee and all debts to the college must be paid before the graduate’s degree will be distributed to him or her regardless of participation in the commencement ceremony.