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If you’re a current senior at NGU looking for information about your upcoming graduation, then you’ve come to the right place! This page of our website outlines the steps for applying for graduation, as well as the essential information you’ll need leading up to this big milestone.

We at North Greenville University are excited to celebrate your graduation with you, and we hope this will be an enjoyable season for you.

Please read all of the following information and take the necessary steps to ensure a smooth graduation process for you and your loved ones.

Apply to graduate 


  1. Attain senior status by completing 90 cumulative credit hours.
  2. Once you attain senior status, fill in and submit your Graduation Application within your student portal.  The application can be located under Forms & Information.
  3. Check your email for confirmation from the Academic Records Office that your application has been received.

Note: Completion of classes for your major prior to your final semester may impact financial aid availability. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you apply for graduation upon attaining senior status. If schedule changes are made during the semester, then make sure the changes are approved by your academic advisor and the Academic Records Office, as changes made during your final semester could delay your graduation date. Transcripts for transfer credit (i.e. credits that have not been posted to your NGU transcript yet) must be received in the Academic Records Office prior to graduation.

University policy mandates that all anticipated graduates must apply to graduate no later than the specified dates below:

  • Final Deadline for December Graduation: August 1
  • Final Deadline for May Graduation: December 1

Late Submissions

  • Late applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and graduation may be delayed.
  • A late fee may be incurred for late applications.  


Prepare to Graduate


    1. Pay your graduation fee once billed. Your graduation fee includes your diploma and regalia, and will be added to your student account and required, regardless of graduation day plans. Graduate Program: $200;  Undergraduates: $195. 

    2. Clear any other holds on your NGU account. In addition to your graduation fee, these must be paid before you can pick up your cap and gown.

    3. Order your graduation supplies — such as your announcements and class ring — during Jostens’ on-campus visit or at Jostens.com.

    4. Take the quick Senior Exit Survey to let us know how we can keep improving. Everyone who completes the survey will have the chance to win free NGU merch. (optional)

    5. Pick up your regalia.

    • Undergraduates (Tigerville and Online) – TBA
    • Graduate school graduates – Contact Suzanne.sellers@ngu.edu for pick-up details.

    6. Attend the Senior Send Off - Details TBA

    7. Graduation rehearsal - TBA




    1. On graduation day, get dressed and ready for the commencement ceremony.

    • Male graduates – Wear a white dress shirt and dark dress pants, along with dark shoes with dark socks.
    • Female graduates – Wear a dress or black dress pants with a nice shirt and dress shoes. For outdoor ceremony, flats are best; heels must be wedges. No spike heels permitted on the football field.
    • All graduates – We cannot allow graduates who are wearing improper shoes (flip-flops, tennis shoes, spiked heels or no shoes) to walk at graduation.

    2. Take your place in line. TBA

    3. When your name is called, walk across the stage and receive that diploma you’ve worked so hard for!

    Spring 2020 Graduates have been given the opportunity to participate in a special commencement ceremony during Homecoming 2020, the Fall 2020 commencement service, or the Spring 2021 commencement service. If you were scheduled to participate in the Spring 2020 commencement you may still participate by completing the online form.

    Students completing their degrees in Fall 2020 are scheduled to participate in the Fall ceremony on Friday, December 11, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. adhering to our policy.

    Graduation Photos


    Individual Photos

    Grad Images will take three photographs of every graduate at the ceremony. Proofs will be sent to the home address or email of each graduating student.


    Group Photos

    A group photo will also be taken on graduation day of both the undergraduates and the graduate students.


    Discount Offer

    To receive a 20 percent discount (for orders of $50 or more), you can pre-register for NGU’s graduation photos on the GradImages website.


    Previous Commencements

    If you graduated with previous classes at NGU, then you may still order graduation photographs by contacting the corresponding event photographer for your class:


    Graduation DVDs


    You may order a DVD of the entire commencement ceremony at graduation rehearsal or on graduation day at the ceremony for $20. Orders taken after the day of graduation will increase to $25 per DVD.

    Seniors, it’s been our pleasure to serve you at NGU and help prepare you for everything God is calling you to do for His kingdom. We take our work seriously, and we care about learning how to do it even better — for you and future NGU students. So please take a few minutes to share your feedback by completing this quick Senior Exit Survey.