NOVA Graduation FAQ

1. How do I apply for graduation?
Observe the deadline dates: March 1 for Spring graduation; June 1 for Summer graduation and October 1 for Fall graduation.

2. I don’t know who my faculty advisor is. What should I do?
Contact your division office or a counselor.

3. What happens if I miss the deadline?
Your record will be reviewed and your degree will be awarded as soon as possible after degrees are awarded to students who met the deadline. Note: If you miss the spring graduation application deadline, your name will not be printed in the commencement program.

4. How will I know whether my application has been accepted?
  • You’ll receive an immediate electronic confirmation of the submission. This does not guarantee that you will graduate. It only means that your application has been received by the Central Records Office (CRO).
  • After your record has been reviewed, you’ll receive a letter from the CRO telling you one of two things: You’re on track for graduation as long as you successfully complete your current courses OR You have not met graduation requirements; missing requirements will be listed in the letter.

5. What should I do if I have questions?
Contact your faculty advisor or a counselor.

6. What should I do if I’ve completed more than one program?
You need to submit a separate application for each program you are completing.

7. If I don’t complete the requirements during this term, will my application carry over to the next term?
No, you’ll have to reapply. Applications are only good for one semester.

8. What if I finish my degree or certificate in one term but don’t apply until later?
Your transcript will show that your degree or certificate was conferred for the semester in which you completed the requirements.

9. Why do I have to apply for graduation?
Your application signals the College to begin your degree audit. It also tells us that it’s time to order your diploma.

10. What is my catalog year?
Your catalog year is the catalog you have been following to meet curriculum requirements.

11. What is a degree audit?
A degree audit is the process of checking your records to be sure that you have met all of the requirements for graduation. This includes making sure that transfer courses and substitutions have been properly applied to your degree or certificate program.

12. When will I receive my diploma?
You should receive your diploma four to eight weeks after the end of the semester. If you don’t receive it within that time, contact your Student Services Center.