Admissions and Records

Commencement Information

Nursing students graduating in 2009.
Nursing students graduating in 2009.

All graduating students are encouraged to participate in commencement ceremonies held at the close of the spring semester each year. At that time, all associate degrees and certificates of achievement are conferred for graduates from the spring semester and the summer and fall semesters preceding the spring semester ceremonies. Letters of invitation are emailed to qualified students in April.

Commencement Ceremony

  • Monday, May 23, 2016 starting at 10 a.m.
    Marv Teixeira Pavilion, 1111 East William Street (Highway 50), Carson City
    Doors open at 9 a.m.

Announcements/Caps and Gowns

The tassel, cap and gown package may be purchased before the ceremony at the campus bookstore sometime in April; they will not be available at the ceremonies. Students may also purchase graduation announcements. Contact the campus bookstore for information - Carson City, 775-445-3233 or Fallon, 775-423-7556.


Grades for the spring semester preceding the ceremonies will not be available before the ceremonies to calculate grade point averages for honor awards. Announcements of honors during ceremonies will be based on grade point averages through the previous fall semester. Honors will be posted on student transcripts with the degree/certificate designations based on grades including the spring semester.

Nursing Ceremony

Nursing students will be invited to participate in a separate ceremony in addition to commencement. Contact Nursing and Allied Health at 775-445-3296 for additional information.

Continuing Students

Students who continue taking classes at WNC after a degree or certificate is finalized should be aware that their degree status will be changed to non-degree seeking. Students who plan to strive towards a different degree or certificate should declare this by submitting an online Degree Program Change form to Admissions and Records after the semester of their graduation date has ended. This is especially important for students applying for financial aid; failure to declare a new degree could result in revocation of financial aid funds.


Students should type their name on the graduation application exactly as they would like it to appear on their diploma (name must match student records). Successfully completed degrees/certificates will be posted to students' official transcripts approximately 12 weeks after the end of the graduating semester in which the application was filed. Printed diplomas will be mailed to the student at the address indicated on the graduation application approximately 14-16 weeks after the end of the semester of application.

Additional questions or inquires should be directed to Admissions and Records at 775-445-3277 or

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