Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
On this page you'll find tips for an enjoyable Commencement. Explore the areas below for frequently asked questions about commencement:
Do we need tickets for any Commencement Weekend events?
No tickets are required.
How long is the ceremony?
Each ceremony is expected to last about 90 minutes. Please see the schedule page for more complete details.
What happens at each ceremony?
Students will arrive in HPER 128 in their cap and gown, where staff will help them line up by College. After the processional, students will be seated in the Sapp Fieldhouse by College.
Chancellor John Christensen will officially confer degrees to undergraduate and graduate degree candidates. Undergraduate and Masters degree candidates from each College will be announced individually by name, walk across the stage, and receive their diploma cover. Masters degree candidates will receive their medal prior to the ceremony, during line-up. All doctoral and specialist degree candidates will be hooded and receive their diploma cover onstage. A reception in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom follows each ceremony.
As a courtesy to all graduates and their guests, please remain for the entire Conferral of Degrees ceremony and for the entire College Convocation in which you are participating.
What kind of security will be present?
All guests and graduating students will be subject to a Security Bag Check at both indoor and outdoor venues. Attendees are highly encouraged to leave bags, purses, backpacks, boxes, and strollers at home or locked 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 ceremony location. 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 should arrive at their lineup location at least 45 minutes prior to the start of their ceremony.
Where should we go when we arrive on campus?
Students and guests are encouraged to use the East Parking Garage for convenient and immediate parking. The Fieldhouse is a short walk or a quick shuttle ride from the the East garage.
Please visit the Parking and Shuttles page for additional information on where to park and how to get around on Commencement day.
Will there be handicapped accessible parking available?
Handicap parking for Commencment is available in Lot N, near the Sapp Fieldhouse. Please display a valid, state-issued permit.
Please visit the Disability Access page for more information.
What accomodations are there for people with disabilities?
Wheelchairs will be available for guests to use and there will be a reserved seating area for guests with limited mobility. An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter will be provided at each ceremony and there will be a reserved seating area for those who require interpretor services. Volunteers will be available to assist guests with disabilities.
Please visit the Disability Access page for more information on reserved seating.
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 there is inclement 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.
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.
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 Records and Registration. Those letters are typically mailed 7 to 10 days prior to the ceremony.
Do I need to RSVP?
Your cap and gown order also functions as your RSVP for the Commencement ceremony.
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.
What steps do I take to graduate?
You need to complete your degree requirements and apply for graduation. Walking in the Commencement ceremony is optional. Check out the Countdown to Commencement resources and timeline to help you get started.
Is there a Commencement rehearsal?
There is no Commencement rehearsal, but there will be plenty of UNO Event Staff to guide you through the big day. Graduates will receive general instructions via email the Monday before the ceremony and printed instructions when they pick up their cap and gown.
All students should arrive at their lineup location at least 45 minutes prior to the start of their ceremony. UNO Event Staff will give you detailed instructions and answer questions.
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What happens when I arrive?
Please come to campus wearing your cap and gown. All students should arrive at the lineup location, HPER 128, at least 45 minutes prior to the start of their ceremony. 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, the Sapp Fieldhouse.
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 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 your lineup location to the ceremony location. Ushers will direct you to your seat.
Men should remove their caps for the National Anthem and Invocation.
Candidates for each degree will be presented to the Chancellor as a group.
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 90 minutes. As a courtesy to all graduates and their guests, you are expected to remain and participate in the entire ceremony.
Follow ushers’ directions for the recessional leading graduates out of the Fieldhouse at the close of the ceremony.
What should I wear?
Academic Regalia (cap and gown) is required for degree candidates to participate in the ceremony. Students not wearing Academic Regalia will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony. Visit the Robes and Regalia 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. For women, dresses, skirts, or dress slacks are appropriate. Try to choose a dress or skirt with a hemline that does not extend below the gown.
Please arrive wearing your cap, gown, and tassel. Please leave jackets, coats, purses, boxes, backpacks, and/or bags at home or with your guests. There will not be anywhere to secure personal items and you will not return to the line-up location after the ceremony.
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 during the ceremony.
Where should I park?
There is free, open parking in campus parking lots and East and West Garages on Commencement Day We strongly encourage guests and graduating students to carpool to campus. There will also be free shuttle services available.
Lot N is designated for Handicap Parking. Please display a valid, state-issued permit.
Lot O is reserved for members of the Platform Party.Please visit the Parking and Shuttles page for additional information.