December Graduate Commencement Information
All degree candidates must submit an Application for Graduation and $25.00 payment check or cash by the last Friday in September. If you are graduating with multiple degrees in a single term, you must complete a separate Application for Graduation form and pay a $25.00 non-refundable fee for each degree. For more information about application visit Graduation Application.
You must legibly complete and return the purple Commencement Attendance form and the white Graduate Statistical Information form you will
receive in the mail. You must return the two forms to the Office of the University Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building South,
no later than Friday, December 6, 2013, to advise us of your plans. Return the forms whether or not you are
participating in commencement. If you are graduating with two degrees, please list on your purple Commencement Attendance form which
degree candidates you wish to be seated with for the ceremony.
Commencement is Friday, December 20, 2013, at 3:00 p.m., in the Pinnacle Bank Arena, 400 Pinnacle Arena Drive, located on R Street, west of 9th Street. Follow the signs inside the Arena and report to the loading dock staging area at the north end on ground level no later than 2:00 p.m. Leave your personal items and valuables with your guests. You will not be allowed to carry these items into the ceremony with you. The processional begins promptly at 2:50 p.m., and you must be checked in having verified your name pronunciation, wearing your regalia and in line before that time. Commencement participation is not required to graduate, but it is the only way to obtain your diploma on Friday. Students who participate in the ceremony are expected to remain for the entire event. You will not be allowed to collect your diploma and depart before the recessional.
If you taught this term, be sure you have submitted all changes to early degree grades for any courses to Graduation Services at (402)
472-3636 before you depart for the Pinnacle Bank Arena if you are participating in commencement, or no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday,
December 20, 2013, if you are not participating in commencement.
University-issued official permits are required for parking in Campus lots on Friday. Flat fee event parking will be available in the
Pinnacle Bank Arena garage and the Red Garage managed by the City of Lincoln.
Commencement participation is not required in order to graduate but is highly encouraged, and it is the only way for you to obtain your diploma on Friday. Participation means attending the Commencement ceremony in academic regalia, marching in the processional and recessional, and going forward to the stage to receive your diploma from your Dean.
All participating graduates' names will be announced at the ceremony.
Students who participate in the Commencement ceremony are expected to be present throughout the entire ceremony. You will not be allowed to receive your diploma and depart before the recessional.
Graduation Services will mail information regarding instructions for the commencement ceremony to all degree candidates approximately
four (4) weeks prior to graduation. You must advise us of your plans concerning participation so that seating and diploma arrangements
can be made. For more information, please contact Graduation Services, 109 Canfield Administration Building South, (402) 472-3636.
Graduates with Disabilities
Graduates with disabilities are very welcome and should notify us several days before Commencement to allow time to establish reasonable
accommodations. Please report any special needs to Assistant Registrar, Jennifer Verhein at (402) 472-3640. She will advise you regarding
procedures to be followed. Also please note your need for accommodations on your purple Commencement Attendance Form. Handicap seating
for commencement guests is available on the concourse level of the Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Admission to CommencementYour family and friends are cordially invited to attend commencement. Tickets are not required for the ceremony. The area on the main floor is reserved for the graduates, faculty, and dignitaries. Handicap seating for commencement guests is available on the concourse level of the Pinnacle Bank Arena. The commencement ceremony at the Arena will be streamed live on the UNL website at www.unl.edu.
All participants are required to wear academic caps, gowns and hoods appropriate to the degree they are being awarded at this ceremony at commencement. Doctoral graduates will carry their hoods for the processional and be hooded as part of the ceremony. All other graduates must wear their hoods for the entire ceremony.You may order regalia in person or by mail from the University Bookstore, City Campus Union, or simply pick it up at the Wick Center on December 3 or 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Direct your questions about ordering and picking up regalia to the Bookstore (402) 472-7300.
Each graduate participating in commencement will receive their diploma as they cross the ceremony stage. Doctoral graduates will also be hooded onstage. All candidates will proceed to the stage alphabetically by degree from their seats as directed by the Faculty Marshals. The only way to receive your diploma on Friday is to participate in the Commencement ceremony.
A professional photographer will take your picture as you are hooded, when you are handed your diploma, and as you walk down the ramp to exit the stage.
All financial obligations to the University must be satisfied before your diploma will be released. If you are uncertain about this matter, check with the Office of Student Accounts, 124 Canfield Administration Building North, (402) 472-2887.
Candidates who choose not to participate in Commencement may receive their diploma as follows:
1. Pick it up at the Pinnacle Bank Arena diploma room between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. only on Saturday, December 21. Bring your photo ID with you. Be mindful that the Saturday undergraduate commencement will affect traffic patterns to the Arena and parking availability. You may not pick up your diploma on commencement Friday.
2. By mail as requested on the enclosed purple form. Diplomas will be mailed January 3, 2014. No mailing charge to United States addresses. There is a $15.00 mailing fee for international addresses.
3. Pick it up at the Graduation Services Office, 109 Canfield Admin. Bldg., January 3, 2014. Bring your photo ID with you.
Change in Plans
Please call the Graduation Services Office at (402) 472-3636 as soon as you determine you are unable to complete your requirements for graduation for this semester, or if you change your mind about participating in the Commencement ceremony.