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Graduation Information

 Northeastern's graduation ceremonies will be held on May 12, 2023.  

Commencement practice will take place on May 11, 2023, at noon in the Bank of Colorado Event Center. 


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 Currently, there are no COVID restrictions in place this year, but we will follow the local health department guidance should things change. 

No tickets will be required for guests to attend commencement.  Because we are holding two ceremonies, attendance is not limited.


Caps and Gowns are $30.00 and must be ordered and prepaid in advance in the NJC Bookstore. Students can get measured in the bookstore at anytime. 


  • Check with your academic advisor regarding degree requirements
  • Apply for graduation
  • Pay all remaining or outstanding Northeastern fees and bills
  • Turn in work-study time sheet, if applicable


Northeastern will be holding two in-person commencement ceremonies on May 12, 2023.

Both ceremonies will be held in the Bank of Colorado Event Center main arena. The first ceremony will take place at 10:00 A.M. and will include graduates from the following academic departments:

  • Agriculture
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Fire Science Technologies
  • Health, Math, and Science
  • Nursing

The second ceremony will take place at 2:00 P.M. and will include graduates from the following academic departments:

  • Applied Technology: Auto, Diesel, and Wind
  • Applied Technology: Welding
  • Business and Sports Management
  • Cosmetology
  • Liberal Arts (Criminal Justice, Early Childhood and Elementary Education, History, Music, Philosophy, and Psychology)

Both graduation ceremonies will be live streamed on Northeastern's YouTube Channel.


Following both commencement ceremonies, a reception for graduates and guests will be held in the Chuckwagon Cafe. Everyone is invited to attend the receptions.


Line-up will take place in the auxiliary gym of the Event Center, beginning one hour before each ceremony. Graduates will pick up their reader card and line up for the procession. During the ceremony, reader cards are used to announce graduate names as they cross the stage. Please leave personal items and valuables with family or friends.


Photos of graduates will be taken during each ceremony. The reader cards will be used by the photographer to send the photo proof to the graduates with pricing and order information. Graduates will need to add an e-mail address to the reader card, or other contact information, for the photographers to reach out to them.


Commencement practice will take place on May 11, 2023 at noon in the Bank of Colorado Event Center.


Graduation honors recognize outstanding academic achievement throughout a student’s academic career at the home institution. The honors are awarded to students who complete the requirements for an associate degree, complete 30 credits at Northeastern, and earn a 3.50 or better cumulative GPA at the institution. Only college level courses completed at the institution will be included in the GPA calculation. The three levels of recognition are defined as follows and will be posted on the student’s transcript.

  • Cum Laude (with honor) - 3.50 to 3.749 Cumulative GPA

  • Magna Cum Laude (with great honor) - 3.75 to 3.99 Cumulative GPA

  • Summa Cum Laude (with highest honor) - 4.00 Cumulative GPA


If you have any questions about your degree evaluation, please contact your academic advisor.

If you have questions regarding commencement, please contact the Northeastern Records Office at 970-521-6700, or via email at