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Graduation Day Draws Near at NECC

As of March 31, all potential graduates have filled out and passed in their petition to graduate form. With this comes a big sigh of relief and a weight off of their shoulders. But what comes next for those soon-to-be NECC graduates? What other graduation preparations do these students have to do before their graduation day?

Students must make sure they fulfill NECCs academic requirements. Students have to keep their GPA over a 2.0 and pass all required courses to earn an associate degree in their declared major. Students who’ve busted their brains out and achieved GPAs in the 3.0-4.0 range for the fall semester 2014 will receive an award at the commencement ceremony: A GPA ranging from 3.0-3.49 will receive an honors award, while a GPA ranging from 3.5-4.0 will receive a high honors award.

Luckily for soon-to-be NECC graduates there is no graduation fee, which would have been $75 this year. Due to the college purchasing graduation hoods and invitations, the only thing students are responsible for is their cap and gown, which has a fee of $25. Potential graduates can pick up their graduation packets, which include their cap, gown, tassel, hood and invitation at both the Haverhill and Lawrence campus book stores starting Monday, April 14.

Commencement is taking place Saturday, May 16. Commencement will begin at 11 a.m. in the quadrangle next to the gymnasium on the Haverhill Campus and is scheduled to end at 1:30 p.m. that afternoon. Graduating students must arrive no later than 10:15 a.m and report to the Sport and Fitness Center on the Haverhill campus. There the students will be assembled by their programs. There will be signs directing the graduates where to go.

Many soon-to-be student graduates who have taken all the steps on the way to the commencement ceremony are now considering what’s next for them.

“I’m still deciding between UMass Amherst and Salem State,” said Nicholas Mazzone, a communication major and soon-to-be 2015 NECC graduate. “They both have good communication programs so I’m having a tough time deciding.”

Not all graduates will be transferring to 4 year schools. Other will be putting their new associate degrees to work, and plan to stick their foot in the business world with either an internship or a job.

Patrick Murphy, a Liberal Arts major from the Class of 2015, will be taking on an internship opportunity through the Great Basin Institute. An AmeriCorps position, this opportunity will see Patrick doing conservation work out in the Sierra Nevada.
“I’m excited for this opportunity I’ve been given,” Murphy said. “One of the projects I’ll be working on is helping the environments of endangered species and also doing whatever else we can do help them become less endangered.”

Whatever the 2015 NECC graduate decides to do, remember to be proud of your achievements. You will soon have an associate degree and be one step closer to attaining your goals, whatever they may be.

Individuals who graduated in August 2014 and December 2014, and those who have petitioned for May 2015 and August 2015, are encouraged to participate in the commencement ceremony. To find more information about graduating, you can visit the NECC website at

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