Please refer to the University Communications Commencement site for up to the minute information.
Doctoral students are asked to check in at 3 p.m. in Westbrook room 132. The procession, under the direction of University Marshalls, will begin at 3:50 p.m. for the 4 p.m. doctoral hooding and commencement in Kimball Hall. Due to space limitations, graduates are asked to limit attending guests to no more than five. Doors will open at 3 p.m. for guest seating in the Kimball Hall auditorium. Tickets are not required.
Masters degrees will be conferred in a separate ceremony at 7:30 p.m. in the Lied Center for Performing Arts at 12th and R Streets. Graduating students are asked to check in to the Carson Theater, west side of Lied Center under the red awning, at 6:30 p.m. The doors of the Lied Center auditorium will open at 6:30 p.m. for guest seating. No tickets will be required.
Parking permits for UNL parking lots, including yellow commencement parking permits, will be valid in any “A” parking lot or garage on the UNL campus beginning at 1:00 p.m. Friday as a convenience for those attending the graduate ceremonies. Shuttle buses will be running from the 17th & R and stadium garages to 12th & R for guest drop-off and pick-up. UNL parking maps are available at the Parking website.
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.
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.
All participants are required to wear academic caps and gowns at Commencement. Graduates must wear the regalia appropriate to the degree they are being awarded at this ceremony. Participants are encouraged to wear flat shoes for the ceremony as they will be walking on field turf and climbing stairs. You may order regalia in person or by mail from the University Bookstore, City Campus Union, or you may simply pick it up at the Wick Center during the Grad Fest celebration April 16 and 17, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Direct your regalia questions to the Bookstore (402) 472-7300. You may order announcements or ceremony invitations from the vendor of your choice.
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 this semester, or if you change your mind about participating in the Commencement ceremony. Because your commencement is an outdoor ceremony, before arriving at Memorial Stadium, please check www.unl.edu and local media outlets for possible weather-related delays or cancellation.
- 14th & Avery Garage (UNL Parking website)
- Stadium Garage
- Champions Club
- Stadium Lot #5
- City parking garages (Park and Go)
Handicapped Parking: (Stadium Lot #4) (approximately 130 spots)
Faculty/Dignitary Parking: (Stadium Lot #8) (approx. 350 spots)
Graduate with Disabilities
Graduate with disabilities are entirely welcome and should notify us several days before Commencement to allow time to establish reasonable accommodations. Please report any special needs to Dr. Patrice Berger, Head Marshal, at (402) 472-8203. He will advise you regarding procedures to be followed. Also please note your need for accommodations on your purple Commencement Attendance Form. Disabled parking is available in Stadium Lot #8 adjacent to Memorial Stadium.
You must legibly complete and return the purple Commencement Attendance form and the white Graduate Statistical Information form you will receive by mail in April. You must return the two forms to the Graduation Services Office, 109 Canfield Administration Building South, no later than Friday, April 19, 2013, (refers to May Graduation) to advise us of your plans.
If you are participating in the ceremony, legibly write your name phonetically as it is pronounced in English on the second line at the top of the form, (for example, the name Jennifer Verhein would be phonetically Jenn-eh-fur Vurr-hine). Your name pronunciation will be confirmed when you check in before your ceremony.
Return the forms whether or not you are participating in commencement. Doctoral graduates return the forms even if you have already responded to Eva Bachman. These forms let us know what to do with your diploma.