Steps to Graduation

  1. Complete all graduation requirements
  2. Submit your graduation application through OASIS.
  3. Attend Gradfest
  4. Participate in commencement.

On this page you will find information about graduation requirements, how to apply for graduation, GradFest, commencement, and diplomas.

Graduation Requirements

All candidates for graduation must submit a graduation application and satisfy the requirements for graduation listed below:

  • Successful completion of all courses within the program certification requirements with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  • Successful completion of the required number of credits.
  • Satisfaction of residency requirements - students graduating earning an associate degree from National Park College must complete 18 semester hours in residence at NPC. Each additional associate degree will require another 18 semester hours with the College and the satisfactory completion of all required courses. To qualify for technical certificates and certificates of proficiency, 25% of coursework must be completed in residence at NPC.
  • Satisfaction of all financial obligations due to the College.

Catalog Rights

Students may meet the graduation requirements listed in the catalog in effect at the time they enter the institution, or those listed in any later catalog. Exceptions to this policy include requirements from a catalog more than three years old or changes in a program or curriculum mandated by external accrediting agencies.

Apply for Graduation

All candidates for graduation must apply for graduation online to receive a diploma. You must apply for graduation by the posted deadline for the term in which you expect to complete all requirements. Application deadlines are listed below, and there is no application fee.
Please see the instructions to apply for graduation:

  1. Log into your OASIS Self-Service
  2. Click Apply for Graduation
  3. Complete the short application form
  4. Verify degree or certificate, name, and address are correct
  5. Save to submit

Even if you do not plan to participate in the commencement ceremony, you must complete a graduation application to receive your diploma. You must complete a separate application for each degree or certificate you are seeking. Please confer with your Advisor to verify your declared major is correct and that you are on track to graduate. Please also refer to the Graduation Requirements section.

Graduation Application Dates/Deadlines
Dates Subcategory Graduation Application Deadlines
Spring 2019 All Candidates March 15
Summer 2019 All Candidates March 15

Attend GradFest

GradFest, which is a one-stop-shop that enables graduates to take care of all graduation needs in one location, is held in the spring semester each year exclusively for all fall graduates and spring/summer graduate candidates. At GradFest, graduates may apply for graduation, order their cap and gown, purchase graduation announcements, and visit with campus representatives about graduation services and requirements. A Nighthawks Graduation Checklist, which includes important dates, contacts, and details about all aspects of graduation, is also provided to GradFest attendees.

May 2019 Commencement

Fall 2018 graduates, as well as Spring and Summer 2019 candidates may participate in the May 2019 commencement ceremony.


National Park College holds one commencement ceremony at the end of the spring semester each year. All fall graduates and spring/summer graduate candidates are eligible to participate in commencement. Spring and summer candidates who wish to participate in commencement MUST submit an application for graduation by the March deadline (March 15, 2019) in order to have their names printed in the commencement program. Participation in commencement does not guarantee all requirements for a degree or certificate have been satisfied.


All fall graduates and spring/summer graduate candidates participating in the commencement ceremony must have a cap & gown. There is no charge for ordering a cap and gown; however, participants must either be measured for graduation regalia at GradFest or go to the Hawks Nest campus store to be measured for graduation regalia during the following dates for the spring 2019 commencement ceremony: February 25 – March 15, 2019. (Please refer to the Hawks Nest Books & Gear home page for hours of operation.)

Please mark your calendars:

Important Dates
Event Time Location Notes
GradFest Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Frederick Dierks Atrium Refer to the website for any updates or changes
Commencement Rehearsal Friday, May 10, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. Inside the NPC Gymnasium Rehearsal date/time subject to change. Refer to the website for updates.
Spring 2019 Commencement Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. Bank OZK Arena Students are asked to report by 9:30 a.m. Faculty are asked to report by 10:00 a.m.

Additional Information


Diplomas are mailed after all degrees have been conferred, approximately 4-6 weeks after the end of the semester. Diplomas are not mailed to students who have outstanding financial obligations or library holds.


You may request a transcript through the Registrar's Office. Transcripts are not released to students with outstanding financial obligations or library holds.