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2012.12.05 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Students, Alumni Celebrated at UNO's 2012 December Commencement

Omaha - Student and alumni achievement will be the focus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) 2012 December Commencement, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15 in the Lee & Helene Sapp Fieldhouse on the UNO campus, 6001 Dodge St.

UNO will host two ceremonies; the first will take place at 10 a.m. and the second will take place at 2 p.m.

The 10 a.m. event will include graduates at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level for the colleges of Arts and Sciences; Education; Engineering (UNL); and Communication, Fine Arts and Media. The 2 p.m. event will confer the same degrees to the colleges of Business Administration; Public Affairs and Community Service; Education and Human Sciences (UNL); and Information Science & Technology.

To celebrate the achievements of graduating students, each ceremony will feature speeches from an undergraduate and graduate student.

The speakers at the 10 a.m. ceremony are Sara Roberts, earning a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychology, and and Carleigh Smith, earning a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with an endorsement in English 7-12/ Language Arts 7-12. Smith is also graduating Magna Cum Laude.

The speakers at the 2 p.m. ceremony include Kristin Streff Barnett, earning a Master of Business Administration degree, and Brett Leighton, earning a Bachelor of General Studies degree with a concentration in Management Information Systems.

The ceremony will also feature student marshals who will represent each college and their peers. Each student marshal was chosen by a vote of their college to help lead their fellow students as they enter the Fieldhouse.

As part of UNO’s continuing efforts as a military-friendly campus, UNO will provide veteran students with unique red-white-and-blue honor cords for the ceremonies.

UNO alumni will also be honored at the event with a Citation for Alumni Achievement from the UNO Alumni Association.

The awards will be given to James Freeman, director of UNO’s Multicultural Affairs office, and Penny Parker, executive director of Completely KIDS, an Omaha nonprofit that provides out-of-school time and violence prevention programs for more than 8,000 children in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties.

Fieldhouse 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 N is reserved for designated handicap parking and Lot R is reserved for members of the Platform Party. Parking Lot Q is closed due to construction.

Graduates should park in the East Parking Garage behind Arts and Sciences Hall. All three levels of the garage will be open for guest parking.

For more information, call University Relations at 402.554.2129.

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