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2021 Nevada State College Commencement

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Graduates must RSVP to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Tickets are Required

Each graduate is allowed a maximum of four guests. Tickets will only be issued to students who RSVP by the May 5 deadline.


Orleans Arena
4500 W Tropicana Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89103


Parking is available in the Orleans Arena parking lot and is free of charge.

We will share updates on assigned ceremony times, tickets, and more in the coming weeks. Details and instructions will be sent to graduating students through their student email.

Celebration Toolkit

You did it! You deserve to brag a little! We’ve created a series of graphics to help you share the exciting news about your upcoming graduation with everyone. Download celebratory images and show your Nevada State College pride by posting on your social media channels. Make sure to tag us and use #NSCGrad2021 in your post!


Student Information

As a graduating student, you may have a lot of questions about preparing for and attending Commencement. You can find everything you need to know here!


All graduates are required to RSVP for the ceremony by May 5. We need to know how you plan to participate in the ceremony, whether that is in-person, virtually by watching the livestream, or not at all. Let us know your plans by registering via Marching Order. 2020 graduates will use the email address on file with the Alumni Network. 2021 graduates will use their student email address. This is the email address that Nevada State College has been using to send you commencement related communication.

We understand the challenges associated with in-person events and want all graduates and guests to feel comfortable. All graduates, regardless of their intention to participate in-person, will have their name read and grad slide displayed at their assigned ceremony. Those unable to attend in-person will have the option to view the livestream of their ceremony.

Ceremony times will be assigned and announced by May 14. Graduates will be assigned to a specific ceremony. They will not be able to attend any other ceremony.

Face coverings that completely cover the nose and mouth will be required at all times for all graduates and guests in attendance.

Tickets are required for the event. Each graduate is allowed a maximum of four guests. Information regarding ticket distribution will be emailed to graduates by May 21. This applies to only those who submit an RSVP for in-person participation by the RSVP deadline of May 5.

Students can update their information any time before the dates below:

  • May 5 – Deadline to RSVP for the ceremony.
  • May 11 – Deadline to record your name or enter the phonetic spelling of your name for the announcers.
  • May 21 – Deadline to submit a photo and personal message to be included on your grad slide.

Spring Commencement Deadline

The deadline to make updates to your graduation application is April 8. Failure to adhere to this deadline will result in the student’s name not appearing in the program.

Senior Survey

Please click here to complete the Senior Survey. The information will help us continue to improve and keep you up to date about the Alumni Network. You will be required to sign in through the Nevada State College Portal to begin the survey.

Northern Nevada Students

Students interested in attending the WNC Commencement can click here for information.

Caps & Gowns

Caps and gowns are now available for purchase at the Nevada State College Josten’s Online Store. To order, click on Graduation Caps & Gowns then select Student Homeship 2021. Your Cap, gown and tassel set will be shipped directly to you. In order to receive the items before the commencement ceremony, please complete your purchase no later than April 30. The NSC Bookstore will begin selling caps and gowns in-person on May 10 (stock is limited). Contact the bookstore at (702) 992-2340 for more information.

Note: Winners of the Senior Survey contest will receive instructions by March 22 on how their order will be fulfilled. Contest winners should not purchase caps and gowns through the bookstore or Jostens.

Honor Cords

Honor cords will be mailed to graduates and graduating students.

Students who completed their degree in spring 2020 have their honors posted on their transcript. Students who are completing their requirements in the summer will receive a letter of anticipated honors by mid-July.

Please visit this webpage for more information or contact the Office of the Registrar with additional questions regarding honor cords at registrar@nsc.edu or 702-992-2110.

Honor Cord Colors
Summa Cum Laude
Magna Cum Laude
Cum Laude

Updating Your Name, Address, & More

You must submit a completed Graduation Update Notification E-Form to update any of your information. Please contact the Office of the Registrar with additional questions at registrar@nsc.edu or 702-992-2110.

Alumni Network

Congratulations! We are so proud of your transformation from student to graduate! Your fellow members of the Nevada State College Alumni Network understand the sacrifice, dedication, and determination that it takes to reach this point in your personal journey. We are also extremely proud to welcome you to our family.

As a graduate, you are now a lifelong member of the Nevada State College Alumni Network. There are no dues or fees for your membership, and you are welcome to take advantage of all of our available resources including career services, networking events, and volunteer leadership opportunities. For more information and to stay up to date, please like us on social media @NSCAlumni or visit our website nsc.edu/alumni.

Senior $20.21 Giving Cords & Personalized Bricks

The $20.21 Senior Scorpions Campaign enhances the College’s ability to continue to do great work and allows 2021 graduates the opportunity to create a collective impact. To learn more about giving levels, the honorary Commencement Giving Cord, and Personalized Bricks, please visit nsc.edu/seniorscorpion. Giving Cords will be mailed or available for pickup. Contact the Alumni Network at alumni@nsc.edu or 702-992-2357 for more information.


Parking is available in the Orleans Arena lot and is free of charge.


Dress and behavior should reflect the honor of the occasion. Remember that graduates will have to walk up and down the stage steps so please wear appropriate shoes.


At the beginning of commencement, tassels are worn on the right. Graduates will receive direction from the podium when it is time to move the tassel to the left.

Special Accommodations

Contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at (702) 992- 2180 or drc@nsc.edu to arrange accommodations for any attendees requiring an accommodation, and for special seating for those who may need sign language interpreters. The deadline to contact the DRC is noon on May 28. Failure to make arrangements with DRC may result in inadequate time to get the necessary accommodations in place.


Faculty Information

Academic Regalia

Faculty and staff who have their own regalia are invited to dress and attend the ceremonies. If you need to rent regalia, please contact the bookstore by April 23 at (702) 992-2340.

Shipping is free of charge for orders placed on or before April 23. Orders placed after this date will pay a fee for express shipping and handling. Orders can be sent directly to 2220mgr@follett.com.

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