May 05 2021 21:38:32

Graduates and Guests

A group of people at commencement including children, standing up, cheering and waving.
Commencement is a joyous day for grads and their family and friends.

Welcome NECC Graduates & Guests

We know this is an exciting time for you too! Below you will find helpful information about attending the graduation ceremony.

Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 15, 2021, in the quadrangle in front of the gymnasium on the Haverhill Campus. Please note: Individuals who graduated in December 2019, May 2020, August 2020, December 2020, and those who have petitioned for May 2021, and August 2021 are encouraged to participate.

Commencement Day

Please visit our Commencement Schedule page for the schedule of commencement ceremonies.

You must arrive no more than half an hour prior to your ceremony start time. Report to the quadrangle in front of the gymnasium. Signs will be posted. All students attending the Commencement Ceremonies will receive a diploma cover at the ceremony. Your actual diploma will be mailed by July 9.

Caps, Gowns, and Tickets

Caps, gowns, and tickets are available for pick-up at the Haverhill Campus bookstore, starting Friday, April 16 – May 13. The cost of the cap, gown and tassel is $36. Gowns only are $26.70. Honors cords are also available at an additional cost of $5.50. Students will be given a graduation yard sign, a NECC logo mask (to be worn at Commencement) a lanyard name card/ticket, and two guest lanyard tickets when picking up their caps and gowns. Tickets MUST be presented to enter the commencement ceremony. No exceptions.

Invitations and Guest Seating

2 guest tickets will be given to each student. You and your guests will need your lanyard ticket to attend. Guest seating will be available in pods of 2 and will be separated from other parties.

Directions to the Haverhill campus and map.

Parking Information

There are several parking lots available on campus and all have designated handicap spots with the exception of the SC (Behrakis Student Center) lot and the C (Spurk Building) lot. Guests will be directed by public safety personnel to the C lot as they drive on to campus. If a guest requires access to a handicap space, please ask the public safety officer stationed at the campus entrance to assist you. In case of inclement weather guests are welcome to stay in their car and watch the event’s live stream – WiFi is available in the TC (Tech Center) lot, the SC (Behrakis Student Center) lot, and the Library lot. Please note the speed limit on campus is 15 miles per hour and watch for one-way roads, which have signage and are also denoted on the Haverhill Campus map. Public Safety can be reached at 978 556-3333 for questions or concerns that day.

Accommodations / Special Seating

If you or any of your guests require assistance, please let us know so that we may accommodate you. Please call 978-556-3974 or email by May 1.


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More Information

For more information about Commencement at NECC, please email

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