Four Steps to Graduation
Important Deadlines & Forms
You must complete all program requirements and elective courses required as specified in the college catalog for that curriculum. The catalog used to determine graduation requirements is the one in effect at the time of the student’s acceptance into a curriculum, or any subsequent catalog as selected by the student. However, you may not choose a catalog more than seven years from the date of graduation.
If you have transferred credits from other colleges, make sure that you have completed 25% of your credit hours at Thomas Nelson.
You must earn a grade point average of at least 2.0 in your curriculum. Honor eligibility is based on your cumulative grade point average.
If you plan to substitute a course for another course, you will need to complete a Course Substitution Form (pdf) which is available in the Office of Enrollment Services or from your Academic Division Office.
Graduation Applications are available in the Office of Enrollment Services. There is no application fee. If a student files for graduation, but does not graduate, the student must resubmit another graduation application for a later graduation date. Applications may be faxed to the Office of Enrollment Services at (757) 825-2763 or mailed to 99 Thomas Nelson Drive, Hampton, VA 23666. Students may also hand deliver to Griffin Hall, Room 208 Hampton Campus or Student Services Office, Room 117, Historic Triangle Campus.
Each student will receive notification by mail concerning the results of their graduation application review in approximately 10 to 12 weeks.
Distributions of Degrees, Certificates, and Career Studies Certificates
In approximately 10 to 12 weeks after each semester ends, the graduate will receive a notice via their VCCS email notifying them when their degree or certificate is ready for pick-up in the Office of Enrollment Services. All obligations with Thomas Nelson must be cleared before picking up degrees and certificates.
Thomas Nelson Community College has one formal commencement ceremony in May. Each summer and fall graduate, as well as spring graduate candidates will receive a notification letter at their home address and via their VCCS e-mail account in April concerning commencement, caps and gowns, invitations, and class rings. Students should ensure their mailing address on file is up-to-date and that they are checking their VCCS e-mail account frequently for updates.
Graduation regalia can be purchased during the month of April in the Follett Bookstore. The Bookstore personnel will make sure you get the appropriate cap, gown, and tassel for your degree or certificate program(s).