Frequently Asked Questions
Where should I park?
There is free, open parking at the Baxter Arena. Guests and graduates may park in lots 4 and 5 on the Pacific Campus (near Mammel Hall); and lots 24, 25 and 26 on Center Campus (near Baxter Arena). Lot 21 has been reserved for handicap parking. A free shuttle service will run continuously to the Arena. You can view the Commencement parking map here.
Traffic around Baxter Arena is expected to be heavy! Please add 30 to 40 minutes to your commute time and avoid using West Center Road. You can view alternate routes on the Commencement parking and shuttle maps found here.
Allow an hour or longer to park, go through security, and find the student line up area or guest seating once you reach Baxter Arena.
All parking is free and permits are not required.
Vehicles displaying a valid, state-issued handicapped parking permit may park in lot 21.
Free, convenient shuttle serice will run continuously from lots 4, 5, and 26.
Do we need tickets for UNO Commencement?
No tickets are required.
How long is the ceremony?
The ceremony will be approximately 3 hours long.
Will there be a professional photographer?
Yes. Each graduate will be photographed by a professional photographer from Grad Images as they receive their diploma cover. Proofs will be emailed to the student in the days following the ceremony. Guests may not photograph from the aisles during the ceremony.
What kind of security will be present?
All guests, faculty, and graduating students will be subject to a Security Bag Check. Attendees are encouraged to leave coats, bags, purses, backpacks, boxes, and strollers at home or locked and hidden securely in the vehicle. Expedited entry to indoor venues will be available for guests without bags, purses, backpacks, boxes, and strollers to check. Prohibited items include: illegal drugs or alcohol; weapons of any kind; or any item deemed to challenge public safety.
What time should we arrive?
Guests and graduating students are advised to allow an hour or longer to park and reach their seats. Please also add 30-40 minutes to your planned commute time as traffic is expected to be very heavy. It is also recommended that you avoid taking West Center Road to arrive at the arena if possible. Early arrival guarantees the best parking, shortest security check wait times, and the choicest seating. Carpooling is highly encouraged for guests and graduates. All students and faculty should arrive in the line up area an hour prior to the start of the ceremony.
Will there be handicapped accessible parking and seating available?
Yes, please visit the Disability Access page for more information.
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. Watch the commencement homepage for additional information as it becomes available.
What if there is bad weather?
The University will make any weather-related announcements as far in advance as possible on the commencement homepage and the following outlets:University Homepage
UNO on Facebook
UNO on Twitter
If deemed necessary by the University, text messages will be sent to faculty, staff and students enrolled in the SMS alert system.
Do I need to RSVP?
Your cap and gown order functions as your RSVP for the Commencement ceremonies. No further action is required.
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.
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. Diplomas will be mailed approximately 15-20 business days after commencement.
If I am graduating with honors, when and how will I be notified?
Student who are graduating with honors will be notified by letter from the Office of the University Registrar. Those letters are typically mailed 7 to 10 days prior to the ceremony. Honors medallions are distributed during cap and gown pick up.
Is there a graduation rehearsal?
No, there is no graduation rehearsal. Graduates will receive instructions via email the week before the ceremony and printed instructions when they pick up their cap and gown.
All students should arrive at the Arena least an hour prior to the start of the ceremony. Event Staff will give you detailed instructions and answer questions.
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What happens when I arrive?
All students should arrive at the Arena an hour prior to the start of their ceremony. Please enter through the main (southwest) doors of the Arena. There will be signs and Event Staff there to give you instructions and answer questions. Please ask your guests to proceed directly to the ceremony location.
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.
Graduate students will be lined up in alphabetical order by last name. Undergraduate students will line up by College and then by Department. Your name card is how the reader will identify you when you cross the stage to receive your diploma cover.
What do I do during the ceremony?
Please shut off cell phones and other electronic devices, and refrain from using them during the ceremony.
Marshals will lead you from the line up area to the ceremony location. Ushers will direct you to your seat.
Men should remove their caps for the National Anthem and Invocation.
Ushers will direct you to proceed to the ramp next to the stage at the appropriate time.
Go up the ramp in single file. Present your name card to the reader.
Proceed across the stage, receive your diploma cover, and go down the ramp. Pause for a photo. Follow the usher’s directions to return to your seat.
The ceremony will last about three hours. As a courtesy to all graduates and their guests, you are expected to remain and participate in the entire ceremony.
What should I wear?
Please arrive wearing your cap, gown, and tassel. Caps and gowns are required for degree candidates to participate in the ceremony. Students not wearing caps and gowns will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony. Visit the Caps and Gowns page to find out when and how to rent your cap & gown.
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.
- You may wear honor cords and stoles provided to you by a student organization or honors society. Please wear the UNO tassel on your cap.
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.
It is recommended that you leave jackets, purses, boxes, backpacks, and/or bags at home or with your guests - you will not return to the line-up location after the ceremony. A coat/bag check will be available.