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2011.12.07 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - Strauss Performing Arts Center
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Dec. 17 Commencement is First on Campus Since '96

Omaha - More than 1000 students will graduate Saturday, Dec. 17, during the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) winter commencement ceremony. This year’s event will mark a new beginning for UNO as commencement will be held on campus for the first time since 1996.

The December Commencement 2011 ceremony will be held in the Lee and Helene Sapp Fieldhouse on the UNO Campus, 6001 Dodge St. This year's ceremony will be broken into two parts – a 10 a.m. event and a 2 p.m. event.

The 10 a.m. event will include the conferring of bachelor’s, master’s, doctor of education and doctor of philosophy degrees for the colleges of Arts and Sciences; Education; the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's (UNL) College of Engineering; and Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM). The 2 p.m. event will confer the same degrees to the colleges of Business Administration (CBA); Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS); Education and Human Sciences (UNL); and Information Science & Technology.

"We want to focus on our students and what they've accomplished," said Thomas Wallace, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs. "We also want the family and friends of students in the ceremonies to come to UNO and see our beautiful campus."

Elizabeth Malone, from Papllion, Neb., will present the 10 a.m. student commencement address. Malone graduates Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. Malone has been a member of UNO’s Chi Omega sorority and has also served as a UNO Ambassador, Matador and Orientation Leader during her college career.

Stephanie Wilson, also from Papillion, will present the 2 p.m. student commencement address. Wilson graduates as a member of the Goodrich Scholarship Program with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with an emphasis on management and a minor in marketing. Wilson is a former Summer Scholar participant and is currently interning at Union Pacific.

Paul Smith, a 1984 UNO graduate from CBA, will be receiving a UNO Alumni Achievement Award at the 10 a.m. ceremony. Smith is vice chairman of Tenaska Energy and co-founder, CEO and senior managing director of Tenaska Capital Management. Tenaska is an energy company concentrating on reliable, cost-efficient and environmentally responsible power plant development.

Mark Grieb, a 1981 UNO graduate, also from CBA, will be receiving a UNO Alumni Acheivement Award at the 2 p.m. ceremony. Grieb is senior vice president and CFO of AAA Nebraska’s statewide operations; he also helped create the Cornhusker Motor Club Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to highway safety. Grieb is also a former member of the UNO Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Field house doors open at 8 a.m. for the 10 a.m. ceremony and noon for the 2 p.m. ceremony.

There is open parking in campus parking lots during the commencement ceremonies. Lot R is reserved for designated handicap parking. Lot O is reserved for members of the Platform Party.

Graduates should park in the East Parking Garage behind Arts and Sciences Hall. All three levels of this garage are also available for guest parking.

For more information, please call UNO University Relations at (402) 554.3502.

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