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The information that follows is a general list of FAQs applicable during normal commencement ceremonies, year after year. 

The ceremony was traditionally held on the last Thursday of May on the Library Plaza Green (the green lawn in front of the 2000 Life Science Building), but this will be the third year that the ceremony will be held off campus at the Memorial Stadium near Napa High School.  

This venue is larger than our Library plaza and allows graduates to bring as many guests as they want, so that we don't have to limit attendance. 

The in-person ceremony will start at 6 p.m. and it will likely go through 8:00 p.m. depending on the number of graduates that participate.

We are expecting about 250-300 graduates.

Only students who have completed their course work from the previous Summer 2023 and Fall 2023 semesters, as well as those graduating in the Spring 2024 are eligible. Students graduating in the coming Summer 2024 will be invited to next year's graduation--not this year (no exceptions). 

Approximately 300 graduates participate in the Commencement ceremony each year. For this year's ceremony, we are hoping to have about 250-300 graduates.

All communications regarding graduation are emailed to the graduates using their NVC Student email account and their personal email on file. Students should check their NVC email address periodically during the month of April for ongoing Commencement communications. We also recommend that students check their spam filters to make sure they have not missed any email from Students should refer to the Commencement website for up-to-date information if they do not receive an email.

Graduates are also invited to join a Commencement 2024 Canvas course to get information about the ceremony

The cap and gown can be purchased at the NVC Bookstore. The cap and gown attire is required to participate in the in-person ceremony. Please contact the NVC Bookstore directly for their exact hours of operation. The NVC Bookstore will start selling regalia and other graduation items such as announcements and stoles in April. The cost of the regalia is $50 plus tax.

For Honor cords, please refer to the Academic Regalia page.

We encourage graduates to get their regalia early and not wait till the last minute. Sometimes the bookstore runs out of certain sizes.

No, tickets are not required to attend the ceremony. It is free and open to all.  There will be no restrictions on the amount of guests that you can bring.  

Yes, students who plan to participate in the ceremony need to fill out an online RSVP form by the deadline of Friday, May 17. It is critical that we have an accurate count of graduates so that we have sufficient seats reserved for all participating graduates. 

The Graduate Information Card will be distributed to graduates during the morning rehearsal on May 23, 2024. Graduates will fill it out and have it ready when they go up the stage during the rehearsal. The card will be collected from each graduate at the end of rehearsal and should be picked up by each graduate in the evening when they arrive to check-in and line up for the ceremony. The location of the check-in table will be shared in May.

Graduates who cannot attend the rehearsal can pick up a card from the Graduate Check-in Table, left of the main entrance. There will enough time to fill out the card and have it checked prior to lining up with the rest of the graduates. All graduates must have a fully completed card in their hands as they walk to the stage. Names are read from this card--not from the program.

Yes, all graduates MUST stop at the Graduate Check-In Table prior to lining up with the other graduates. This is to pick up a program book and your Graduate Information Card. Your name will be read from this card--not from the program.

The information card will be the only item graduates will have in their hands when they walk up the stage to receive their diploma cover.

The rehearsal will be held on Thursday morning, May 23 at the Memorial Stadium from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The rehearsal will take about 1.5 hrs. but could be up to 2 hrs.

We strongly encourage student to attend the rehearsal but it is not mandatory if you're working or taking a final.

Yes. The graduation rehearsal is not mandatory; however, it is strongly recommended for students to attend the rehearsal so that they understand exactly where to check-in in the evening, how they will line up, how they will proceed, and where they will be sitting. The more students we have participating in the rehearsal, the smoother the ceremony will run in the evening. 

The rehearsal also gives students the opportunity to ask any questions they might have. If you can't attend the rehearsal, you should check the Etiquette Scholars website for helpful tips on what to expect during the ceremony.

Diplomas are mailed to graduates in the month of August after the ceremony, even if you do not participate in the ceremony. If your address changes before then, or if you have other questions regarding your diploma, please call the Admissions and Records Office at (707) 256-7207 or refer to the Admissions and Records Diploma webpage.