Wow, you made it to one of the most important milestones of your academic career, graduation! Yes, you! With grit, focus, patience, hard work, juggling priorities, lots of screen time, new friends, and determination, whew, you did it. Congratulations to each of you in the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021, you have much to be proud of. We look forward to celebrating this amazing moment with you.

In celebrating this great achievement, we recognize how important the Commencement experience is for so many of our graduates. In prioritizing the health and safety of our students, their families, faculty, and staff, we are announcing that graduation will be conducted in a series of online ceremonies for graduates of May 2021, December 2020, and May 2020. The official ceremony will be divided alphabetically by each student’s last name. Please use the guidelines below to save the date of your specific ceremony.

We are excited to honor you and your tremendous achievement and can’t wait to celebrate you. Well done!

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Ceremony Schedule:

May 5, 2021 at 6:00 PM: A - G
May 6, 2021 at 6:00 PM: H - N
May 7, 2021 at 6:00 PM: O - Z

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Upload Picture and Special Graduation Message

Deadline: April 16th to submit your personalized slide

Each graduate will have the opportunity to be recognized with an official slide that can be customized with your photo and a personal message, and which can be downloaded and shared on social media. Check your NOVA email for your unique link! If you didn’t receive a link, please email


Graduation Activities

Join us for the graduation fun!! NOVA is sponsoring activities such as graduation fairs, an alumni panel, and Spirit Week! #Graduation@NOVA is trending…we hope to see you there!


Virtual Commencement

Welcome, NOVA Graduates, to your Virtual Commencement! Just click on your last name’s group on the day of your ceremony to begin the experience. Grab some popcorn, turn up the volume and prepare for a day to remember!

The Foundation will award two scholarships per commencement session. The scholarships can be used for transfer to a 4-year institution or for completing a career studies certificate program.

A - G

May 5, 2021 at 6:00 P.M.

H - N

May 6, 2021 at 6:00 P.M.

O - Z

May 7, 2021 at 6:00 P.M.

Commencement will be pre-recorded and will be captioned. If you or your guest require any other accommodation in order to participate in this event, please notify at least TWO weeks prior to the event.

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