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Frequently Asked Questions
Do we need tickets for any Fall 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.
What time should we arrive?
- All students should plan to arrive at HPER 128 by 8:15AM to line up for the 9AM processions. Students participating in the 2PM ceremony should plan to arrive at HPER 128 no later than 1:15 p.m.
- Family and guests – Early arrival guarantees the best parking and seating. Doors to the fieldhouse will open at 7AM for the 9AM ceremony and noon for the 2PM ceremony.
Will there be handicapped accessible parking available?
On December 21, all parking lots are free and open to all UNO graduates, faculty, and staff. Designated handicapped accessible parking will be provided in Lot N.
How can I get special accommodations for a ceremony at a specific school?
The University will have special seating reserved for guests with disabilities. Upon arrival, there will be volunteers to escort you to this area. Limited wheelchairs will be available inside the Sapp Fieldhouse atrium.
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 any receptions.
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 printed instructions when they pick up their cap and gown.
What should I wear?
Dress comfortably but appropriately under your commencement robes. Men should wear a dress shirt and tie. Although some consider the ties optional, the shirt collar and tie are visible at the throat of the gown. Most women prefer to wear a dress, suit or skirt and blouse, although dress slacks are also appropriate. Try to choose a dress or skirt with a hemline that does not extend below the gown. Wear comfortable dress shoes. 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?
A professional photographer will take pictures of each graduate before, during, and after their walk across the stage.