For the first time, graduates from all of the North Central Texas College campuses will have their commencement ceremony at the University of North Texas Coliseum.
Traditionally held at Lion Field House in Gainesville, the ceremony has outgrown the space as graduating classes continue to grow, said graduation coordinator Michelle Huggins. This year’s ceremony is set for 6 p.m. Friday in Denton.
“We have limited space [in Gainesville], so now students and their families can have an eventful night without being worried if they can have a seat or getting put in another room with [the ceremony] streaming,” Huggins said.
In Gainesville, 1,411 people can attend the ceremony, while the UNT Coliseum holds 9,797.
Families will have better views of their graduates, too, Huggins said, because the Coliseum has a video board. Parking is set for the Fouts Field site, and doors to the Coliseum, also known as the Super Pit, will open at 5 p.m. for families to begin getting seated.
“For the most part, people are happy because it’s going to be in a bigger location so we can do more things, like have the Jumbotron and other things we haven’t been able to do [in Gainesville],” Huggins said.
This spring there are 750 graduates from NCTC’s five campuses — the main location in Gainesville as well as Flower Mound, Corinth, Graham and Bowie. Of the graduates, 458 plan to participate in the ceremony.
In the fall, NCTC will have a sixth campus: the First State Bank Exchange at NCTC Denton, 314 E. Hickory St. in downtown Denton.
The college also hosts commencement ceremonies for December graduates, and those will continue at the Gainesville campus, Huggins said.