Frequently Asked Questions
Do we need tickets for any December Commencement events?
No tickets are required.
How long is the ceremony?
There will be two ceremonies broken down by colleges. Both ceremonies will last around an hour and a half. All students will attend their college commencement ceremony in academic regalia and walk across the stage to receive individual recognition. For detailed information, visit the schedule page.
Will there be a security checkpoint?
Yes. As part of an effort to ensure a safe an enjoyable event, all purses, boxes, backpacks, and other bags will be subject to search upon entering the Sapp Fieldhouse and HPER buildings. Prohibited items include: illegal drugs; alcohol; weapons of any kind; or any item deemed to challenge public safety. It is recommended that you leave purses, boxes, backpacks, and/or bags at home and/or out-of-sight in a vehicle. Expedited entry will be available to those not carrying a purse, box, or other bag.
What time should we arrive?
Guests and graduating students are advised to allow an hour or longer to park, reach Sapp Fieldhouse, and go through Security. Early arrival guarantees the best parking, shortest security check wait times, and the choicest seating. Doors to HPER and Sapp Fieldhouse will open at 7 a.m. for the 9 a.m. ceremony and noon for the 2 p.m. ceremony.
In the event that Sapp Fieldhouse reaches maximum capacity, family and guests will have the opportunity to view a live broadcast of the ceremony in the neighboring CPACS (College of Public Affairs and Community Service) building, room 101.
Where should we go when we arrive on campus?
Students and guests are encouraged to use the East Parking Garage for immediate parking convenient to Sapp Fieldhouse. The East Parking Garage is a short walk or quick Express Shuttle ride to HPER and Sapp Fieldhouse.
Will there be handicapped accessible parking available?
Lot N is reserved for handicap parking. Please display a valid state-issued handicap permit.
Is handicapped accessible ceremony seating available?
The University will have special seating reserved for guests with disabilities. Upon arrival, there will be volunteers to escort you to this area. A limited number of wheelchairs will be available inside the Sapp Fieldhouse atrium.
Can I watch the ceremony online?
Yes! You can watch a live broadcast or a recorded video of the ceremonies on the University of Nebraska at Omaha Ustream channel.
What if I am not attending graduation?
If you do not attend the ceremony your diploma will be mailed to you approximately 15-20 days after commencement.
Do I need to RSVP?
You are not required to RSVP for commencement or the reception.
Does participating in the ceremony mean that I graduated?
No, all those who participate in the ceremony are candidates for graduation. We do not have final grades at the time of the commencement ceremonies to determine if all degree requirements have been met.
Is there a graduation rehearsal?
No, there is no graduation rehearsal. Graduates will receive instructions via email the Monday before the ceremony and printed instructions when they pick up their cap and gown. If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens when I arrive?
Students should report directly to HPER. Each student will go through a security checkpoint and then proceed to HPER 128. There will be signs and Event Staff there to help you locate your college line-up area.
Please bring the name card you received with your cap and gown. Provide the phonetic spelling of your name on this card to assist the speaker with the correct pronunciation of your name as you cross the stage.
What should I wear?
Business attire with comfortable dress shoes is recommended.
Men are advised to wear a dress shirt and tie. Although some consider ties optional, the shirt collar and tie are visible at the throat of the gown. Most women prefer to wear a dress or skirt although dress slacks are also appropriate. Try to choose a dress or skirt with a hemline that does not extend below the gown.
Do not bring any backpacks or purses with you.
Candidates graduating with honors will wear medallions that are available for pick up with the cap and gown.
Will there be a professional photographer?
Each graduate will be photographed by a professional photographer as they receive their diploma cover. Proofs will be emailed in the days following the ceremony. Guests may not photograph from the aisles on the Fieldhouse floor during the ceremony. Photos can be taken after the ceremony during the reception in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.