Graduation is a time of great joy and celebration for family and friends to share in the pride of your academic accomplishments. Georgia Northwestern Technical College is proud to have assisted you in achieving your educational goals. Congratulations!
The information obtained on this link will guide you through the graduation application process at GNTC as well as provide some general information on the Commencement ceremonies, which are held in the spring.
Starting the Graduation Process
Meet with your advisor during Registration times to check your progress toward graduating and to verify you are ready graduate. You can check the online Catalog to see the requirements for each major offered at GNTC.
Applying for Graduation
In order to be awarded for the program you are completing, you must apply for graduation, as awards are not automatically issued. Complete and submit an Application for Graduation to the Registrar’s Office by the deadlines posted on the Academic Calendar. If your Application for Graduation is received after the deadline or is incomplete or incorrect, it may delay your award. Correspondence concerning your Application for Graduation will be primarily through your student email account. After your Application for Graduation is audited, you will be emailed the results of the audit at your student email account. Applications are processed in the order received, so processing time can vary based on how many are ahead of your application. Processing time can range anywhere from one day to three weeks, but most are processed within ten days. Your Banner Web transcript will reflect your graduation application status as well.
Students are eligible to graduate when the following requirements are met:
- The technical certificate of credit (if required), diploma or associate degree seeking student has earned a high school diploma or a GED® and submitted the official transcript to GNTC;
- The required number of credit hours and courses in the student’s program of study has been satisfactorily completed, and the student has a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0;
- An Application for Graduation must be completed and submitted to the Registrar’s Office by the deadline;
- Program area exit examination has been completed (if required); and
- At least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation have been earned at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. No more than 75% of the credit hours required for graduation may be earned by transfer credit, credit by examination, or articulation.
Upcoming Commencement Information
Commencement is held in the spring. There are two ceremonies, and graduates choose which location they wish to attend.
- Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.; Dalton, Georgia; The Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center
- Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.; Rome, Georgia; The Forum Civic Center
Graduation packets will be mailed out on April 10 to all Commencement ceremony participants.
Cap and Gown
GNTC does not charge a graduation fee; however, graduates who wish to participate in the Commencement ceremony must purchase a cap, gown, and tassel. GNTC graduates wear a black cap and gown. They will be available in the Floyd, Gordon, Whitfield Murray, and Walker County bookstores beginning Monday, April 21, 2014. Bookstore hours are posted on the Bookstore page. The cost for cap, gown & tassel is $37.85 + tax.
- Individual pricing:
Gown $28.95 + tax, Cap $4.95 + tax, Tassel $3.95 + tax
Honor Graduates are recognized at the Commencement ceremony. High Honor Graduates have an overall GPA of 4.0; Honor Graduates have an overall GPA of 3.5-3.99. Honor cords are distributed at the Commencement ceremony rehearsal. Honor Graduate status is reflected on the student transcript.
Assistance or Accommodations
If you plan to attend the Commencement ceremony and require accommodations or assistance, you may contact one of the following Disability Services Coordinators: Sheila Parker (Floyd, Gordon, and Polk County campuses) 706-295-6517; Michael Walters (Walker County campus) 706-764-3799; or Kevan Watkins (Whitfield Murray campus) 706-272-2958.
Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates
All degrees, diplomas, and certificates are mailed to the address listed in Banner. It may take up to four weeks after the ending date of the semester for your award to be mailed and/or noted on your transcript. If your address changes, please submit a Change of Status Form to the Registrar’s Office.
Any “Hold” on the student’s record will prevent the student from receiving a transcript or award, but will not prevent the student from being able to participate in the Commencement ceremony. If you have a student loan (not HOPE or Pell Grant), contact Financial Aid to complete your Financial Aid Exit Loan Interview by the end of your last term. You will not receive your transcript or award if the Exit Interview is not completed.
If you need assistance in your job search, visit GNTC’s Career Services page. Helpful information, such as job postings, job search sites, and contact information, is available on this site.
For Further Assistance
If you have any additional questions regarding the Commencement exercises or the graduation application process at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, please contact GNTC’s Graduation Specialist, Marilyn Grandstaff.