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College of Public Affairs and Community Service

Spring Commencement

May 8-10, 2014

UNO’s Commencement Weekend consists of two parts – the Conferral of Degrees on Friday, May 9 and the College Convocations on Saturday, May 10. Each graduating student is encouraged to attend both events.

Commencement Weekend festivities begin Friday, May 9, at 6:00 pm with the Conferring of Degrees ceremony. This university-wide ceremony convenes in the Pep Bowl to celebrate the outstanding work and achievements of our students and faculty. Speakers and honorees from across the UNO community will share their Maverick Spirit, and Chancellor John Christensen will officially confer degrees to candidates from all colleges. The evening concludes with an all-campus reception.

On Saturday, May 10, our College ceremony will be held at 2:30 pm in the Alumni Center Garden. Individual degree candidates will be announced and awarded their diploma covers and your photo will be taken as you walk across the stage and shake hands with the Dean. We will host a reception immediately following the ceremony in the Alumni Center.

Commencement Weekend Schedule

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

The Goodrich Scholarship Program will hold a separate reception for current graduating students and students who graduated in December 2013. This reception will be held on Thursday, May 8th - 4-5:30 pm in the GSP Suite 123.

Friday, May 9th, 2014

6:00 pm – Conferral of Degrees – Pep Bowl
Students, please arrive at 128 HPER for line-up and instructions no later than 5:15 pm. Your guests should proceed directly to the Pep Bowl. In this ceremony, the Chancellor will confer the degrees to all candidates, and you will officially become a UNO graduate. Guests and graduates are encouraged to park in the East Garage (south of Arts and Sciences Hall). There is no limit on the number of guests you may invite to this event.

7:30 pm All-Campus Reception – Milo Bail Student Center Plaza
You and your guests are invited to enjoy light refreshments and live music as you celebrate with your fellow new graduates.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

2:30 pm – College of Public Affairs and Community Service Convocation – Sapp Fieldhouse
Students, please arrive at the HPER/Sapp Canyon no later than 1:45 p.m. and check the signs for where you line-up. Your guests should proceed directly to the Sapp Fieldhouse. During this ceremony, your name will be read and you will walk across the stage to receive your diploma cover. You and your guests are encouraged to use the East Parking Garage for immediate parking convenient to the Fieldhouse. Again, there is no limit on the number of guests you may invite to the ceremony.

4:00 pm – College of Public Affairs and Community Service Receptions
Receptions will be held in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building. The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice will be in CPACS 218, School of Social Work will be in CPACS 206, the Division of Continuing Studies will be in CPACS 132, 132D and 132B, Department of Gerontology will be in CPACS 210, School of Public Administration will be in CPACS 111 and the Aviation Institute will be in CPACS 120.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha requires academic regalia for all degree candidates who participate in the graduation ceremony. You should have already ordered to rent your regalia through the UNO Bookstore.  However, if you have not already ordered your regalia, please contact the UNO Bookstore immediately (there may be an additional fee of $10.00 after March 26 orders).

•  Bachelors gown and cap with tassel - $39.99 plus tax.
•  Masters or Specialist gown, hood and cap with tassel - $79.99 plus tax.
•  Ph.D. gown, hood and cap with tassel - $85.99 plus tax. 

You may pick up your regalia on Thursday, May 8, from 7:30 am – 6:00  pm or Friday, May 9, from 7:30 am – 5:00 pm in the Milo Bail Student Center Board Room. All gowns and hoods should to be returned to the UNO Bookstore or designated locations immediately following the commencement ceremony. Caps and tassels are yours to keep. Please contact the Bookstore at 402-554-2336 for more information.

Also note that both events on Friday and Saturday will be outdoors (unless inclement weather).  In addition to appropriate regalia, please wear appropriate shoes that will be most comfortable and practical. Spiked heels may be difficult on the outdoor turf. Please also let your guests know.

As a courtesy to all graduates and their guests, you are expected to remain throughout both ceremonies, until dismissed.  University staff will guide you through line-ups, the processionals, and awarding of degrees. Cell phones and other electronic devices must be shut off and not used during either ceremony. Please be aware that there will not be anywhere to secure personal items such as purses, cameras, etc. No one other than graduating students will be permitted in the student line-up areas on Friday or Saturday. Your family and friends will be ushered to seats for both events. Each event will last approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.  

Parking and Shuttles
Students and guests are encouraged to carpool to campus during Commencement Weekend. Handicap parking will be available on the third level of the East Garage and other designated areas throughout the campus. Shuttle buses will be available for students and guests on the Dodge Campus. 

Inclement Weather
Outdoor Commencement Weekend activities will take place at their scheduled venues unless severe weather conditions threaten the safety of graduates and guests. If severe weather is expected, the Inclement Weather Plan will take effect and all events will be held indoors. The University will announce the switch to the Inclement Weather Plan as far in advance as possible on the UNO website and social media outlets. Graduates and guests are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring umbrellas, as appropriate. 

*Please see for inclement weather ceremony and line-up locations.

Commencement participants will be identified in the printed program as degree candidates whose graduation is contingent upon successful completion of academic requirements. The diplomas will be mailed out to spring (May) graduates the week of June 2. Summer (August) graduates who are walking in May will receive their diplomas later.  All participants receive a diploma cover; medallion, and masters and doctoral candidates will be hooded.

Graduation Deadline Policy
All graduation requirements for May candidates must be completed and on file with the Office of Records and Registration by June 2 (fifteen working days after the last day of the term). This includes the satisfaction of ‘incomplete’ grades in courses required for the degree.  Written notification of this policy is provided to every student who applies for a degree.

Special Needs
If you are physically challenged or need special assistance for the Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, please contact the Office of University Communications at or 402-554-2358 with questions.

Next Steps
I encourage you and your guests to visit the UNO Commencement website at for updated information. You may also contact Mary Zeleny, CPACS Commencement Coordinator, for more information -

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