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2012.04.06 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

UNO Graduation Weekend Set for May 4, 5

THE LATEST GRADUATION WEEKEND INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT www.unomaha.edu/graduation

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha will hold its first “graduation weekend,” with a notable keynote speaker, honorees and individual college ceremonies, on Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5 on campus.

More than 1,500 students will receive degrees during the Spring Commencement ceremonies. Weekend events begin on Friday, May 4, at 3 p.m. in Caniglia Stadium when the graduating class will hear former U.S. senator (and UNO alum) Chuck Hagel give an address.

“Chuck Hagel has been a great friend of UNO,” said UNO Chancellor John Christensen. “We’re excited about his coming back to campus again. I know his keynote speech to our students will be heartfelt.”

After Hagel’s address, Omaha philanthropist Dick Holland will be honored with an honorary degree; faculty member Ethel Williams will receive a Chancellor's Medal award; and the UNO Alumni Association will recognize Bob Houston, director of Nebraska’s Department of Corrections.

Holland graduated from UNO (then Omaha University) in 1948. He and his late wife Mary have contributed to a wide variety of community needs and projects. The couple’s Holland Foundation provided a multi-million-dollar grant to Omaha’s $90-million Performing Arts Center, which opened in 2005. Williams is the Reynold Chair in Public Administration in the School of Public Administration. Houston earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in criminal justice at UNO and has served as a part-time faculty member.

After the stadium event, graduate students will have an early evening ceremony in UNO’s Fieldhouse. The event begins at 7 p.m.

The university’s undergraduate colleges will have individual ceremonies starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 5. The colleges and start times:

College of Arts and Science; College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media; and College of Information, Science and Technology all start ceremonies at 10 a.m.

College of Public Affairs and Community Service; UNL College of Education and Health and Human Sciences; College of Education; and UNL College of Engineering all start ceremonies at 2 p.m.

The College of Business Administration ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m.

Those attending should go online to www.unomaha.edu/graduation for individual college ceremony locations, which have both good and bad weathervenues.

“This is a completely different kind of graduation for UNO,” said B.J. Reed, senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. “We expect our students to attend both days and I think the friends and family of our students willenjoy just how beautiful our campus is.”

Students will wear caps and gowns onboth Friday and Saturday. The chancellor will officially confer degrees at the Caniglia Stadium event. Those coming to UNO can park in any parking lot either day. More information is available at www.unomaha.edu/graduation. Anyone with questions can call (402) 554-2635.

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