2018 Commencement

NCC’s 56th Annual Commencement Exercises will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at a new off-campus location.

  • Graduation will be held at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, a 10,000 seat multipurpose arena built alongside The Ballpark at Harbor Yard.
  • Webster Bank Arena is conveniently located off I-95 and adjacent to a Metro-North train station.
  • The venue provides free onsite parking. There will be concession stands selling a variety of refreshments.
  • Prior to graduation day, NCC will distribute free tickets for graduates, their families and friends.
  • On graduation day, some shuttle bus service will be available to take graduating students from NCC to the arena.

Cap and Gown Information

After approving your application to graduate, the Records Office will mail you a yellow stage card. Fill out your stage card and bring it to the NCC Bookstore between April 27 and May 16 to pick up your free souvenir cap and gown and commencement tickets.

Visit the Bookstore as soon as possible after you receive your stage card. If you wait until the last minute, you may not be able to pick up your regalia or get the correct size. Bookstore employees will assist you with the fitting of your cap and gown.

If you do not submit your stage card and pick up your cap and gown by Wednesday, May 16, you may not be able to march in the ceremony.

The Bookstore is open Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Tickets for Guests

When you submit your stage card in the NCC Bookstore to pick up your cap and gown, you may pick up a maximum of 10 commencement tickets. Tickets are required for all guests and small children. More tickets may be available at a later date. Check your NCC student email regularly for announcements.

Instructions for Graduates

There will not be a graduation rehearsal. Be sure to check your NCC student email regularly for commencement details.

On the day of the ceremony, Thursday, May 17, the Arena doors will open promptly at 3:30 p.m. for the arrival of students and guests. Students should report to the Arena with your commencement attire (cap, gown, and tassel) by 3:30 pm.

There will be no place to leave your valuables. We recommend that you leave them at home or with a friend, or lock them in the trunk of your car. Do not bring purses. Academic gowns do not have pockets. A waist or wrist pouch is the best. Remember to bring bobby pins to secure your mortarboard.

Graduating students should enter the Arena at the Guest Services Entrance and turn left when you have entered the concourse. Commencement marshals will direct you to the student area to receive instructions for graduation and receive your stage card. You must then robe and line up alphabetically by degree program. The ceremony will begin promptly at 4:30 p.m. and end at approximately 7:00 p.m., followed by a light reception.

When proceeding to your seat, sit directly next to the person in front of you to ensure every seat in the row is filled and no seats are left empty.

During the ceremony, when you climb the stairs to the stage to receive your diploma cover, you will hand your stage card to the announcer. When your name is read, walk across the stage to receive your diploma cover.

Instructions for Guests

Tickets are required for all guests and small children. Each graduate may pick up ten (10) tickets at the Bookstore. Your guests should proceed directly to the Arena’s Main Entrance for their seating. Please request that your guests allow enough time to be seated prior to the start of the ceremony. Arena policy is that all bags are subject to search.

The following items are not allowed inside the Arena:

  • Food
  • Beverages
  • Helium balloons
  • Confetti
  • Baby strollers
  • Gifts
  • Flowers
  • Wrapped packages

Shuttle Reservations

Shuttle service will be available from NCC to the Bridgeport Arena for graduates only. Reservations are required. The buses will leave at 2:00 pm and return approximately at 8:00 pm. You can request a reservation by registering on the link below. Reservation will be accepted until May 7, 2018.

This shuttle is available for graduates only.

Special Accommodations and Disability Access

If you are a graduate with a disability and need special accommodations, please contact Barbara Smith (203.857.7286) no later than May 4th.

In your message, provide the student’s name or guest’s name, the disability, and the needed accommodation.

Note: An ASL interpreter will be on stage for students and guests at commencement.

Visas for International Guests

If your family members are applying for visas so they can travel to the United States to attend commencement, you may need a letter from the college stating that you are a candidate for graduation. To obtain this letter, contact Dr. Calvin McFadden, Dean of Students with the following information:

  • Names of family members
  • Their relationship to the student
  • Approximate dates of travel
  • Home country
  • Where they will stay while in the United States


A professional photographer will take each graduate’s photo as you receive your diploma cover. The photographer will mail you an order form, price list, and proofs so you can purchase the photographs directly from the studio.

Guests are not permitted to stand in the aisles to take photos.


Graduates will be given diploma covers on stage at commencement. The diploma will be mailed to you about two months after graduation.

Celebration Reception

President Levinson and the NCC Foundation are hosting a reception for graduates, their families, and friends immediately following the ceremony.  We hope you will join us.


If you have any questions, please contact Dean Calvin McFadden
at 203.857.7369 or in the Office of the Dean of Students, Room E-216