August Undergraduate Commencement Information
All degree candidates must submit an Application for Graduation at Canfield 108 and $25.00 payment check or cash by the last Friday in June. 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 your Commencement Attendance form and the white Graduate Statistical Information form you will
receive in the mail to the Graduation Services Office, 108 Canfield Administration Building South, no later than Friday, August
1, 2014, to advise us of your plans. Return the forms whether or not you are participating in commencement. If you have
misplaced the forms, visit Canfield 108 for duplicates. If you are graduating with two degrees, please list on your Commencement
Attendance form which degree candidates you wish to be seated with for the ceremony.
Commencement is Saturday, August 16, 2014, at 9:00 a.m., Pinnacle Bank Arena, 400 Pinnacle Arena Drive, located on R Street, west of 9th Street.
Leave your personal items and valuables with a trusted person. Your guests cannot accompany you to the check in station due to space limitations. Your ceremony begins promptly at 8:50 a.m., and you must be checked in, wearing your regalia and in place before that time. Be mindful that the Haymarket farmers market is also on Saturday morning, and this will affect traffic patterns to the Arena and parking availability. Late arrivals will be seated by the Marshals. Students who participate in the ceremony are expected to remain for the entire event. You will not be allowed to depart before the recessional.
Follow the signs inside the Arena and report to the check in station on ground level in the Northeast area of the lobby no later than
8:00 a.m. Do not lose or mutilate your Name-Number card issued at check in as it assures that you receive your diploma when you reach the
ceremony stage. Do not give your Name-Number card to another graduate. Keep your Name-Number card available to show the red gowned
Marshals at all times. If you have questions regarding your assigned number, see the Ceremony Assistance Table.
Campus parking lots are available without charge or permit on commencement Saturday. Campus parking lots are available without charge or
permit on commencement Saturday. Be mindful that the Haymarket Farmers’ Market is also on Saturday morning, and this will affect traffic
patterns to the Arena and parking availability. Because Capital City Ribfest will be underway in the Festival Public Parking area
North of the Arena, no parking will be available in the festival space.
Commencement is not required in order to graduate.
Participation means attending the Commencement ceremony in academic costume, marching in the processional and recessional, and going forward to the stage to receive your diploma from your Dean. 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 the Office of the University Registrar, 109 Canfield Administration Building South, or
call (402) 472-3636.
Guests with Disabilities
Handicap seating for commencement guests is available on the concourse level of the Pinnacle Bank Arena. The commencement ceremony will
be streamed live on the UNL website at www.unl.edu.
Graduates with Disabilities
Graduates with disabilities are welcome and should notify us several days before Commencement to allow time to establish reasonable
accommodations, note your need for accommodations on your Commencement Attendance form. Please report any special needs to Assistant
University Registrar, Jennifer Verhein, at (402) 472-3640 or firstname.lastname@example.org. She will advise
you regarding procedures to be followed.
Admission to Commencement
Your family and friends are cordially invited to attend and may sit in any non-reserved seats other than the main floor, which is set for
the graduates, faculty, and dignitaries. Tickets are not required for the ceremony. Handicap seating for commencement guests is available
in sections 106, 107, 110, 112, 114, 117 and 118 on the main 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 and gowns appropriate to the degree they are receiving at Commencement. You may order
caps, gowns, hoods and graduation announcements in person or by mail from the University Bookstore, General Merchandising Area, Lower
Level, Nebraska Union on City Campus. Direct your questions about regalia and graduation announcements to the Bookstore (402)
Each candidate who participates in the Commencement will receive a diploma from a College Dean upon arrival at the stage. A professional photographer will take your picture as you are handed your diploma.
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 on August 16, 2014, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena diploma room; you must present a photo ID to claim your diploma.
2. By mail as requested on the Commencement Attendance Form students will receive in July. Submit the Graduate Statistical Form with your request. Diplomas will be mailed the week following Commencement.
3. Pick it up at the Graduation Services Office, 109 Canfield Administration Building South, beginning the Monday following Commencement.
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.