Please check with the Office of Graduate Studies for specific deadlines and to review the commencement procedures and timeline.
STEP 1: Apply for graduation online
STEP 3: Complete requirements
Once you have reached the final semester in your degree and/or certificate program, you must apply to graduate. This is done through MavLINK. Please see the table below for information on deadline dates for current and future semesters.
Note: August graduates celebrate their commencement in December. However, there may be extenuating circumstances that could allow an August graduate to walk in the May Commencement before completing their studies. The request form can be downloaded here.
Please have the graduate chair of your program complete and submit this form to the Office of Graduate Studies. You will also need to submit the Summer Application for Degree through MavLINK. Both items are due on the "last day for filing application for degrees to be conferred" of the corresponding spring semester in which you wish to participate (i.e., the spring semester prior to the summer semester in which you will actually receive your diploma).
Please see the table below for the appropriate deadline date.
|Last day for filing applications for degrees to be conferred||
October 16, 2020
March 12, 2021
July 9, 2021
|Last day to submit Comprehensive Exam results, all Incomplete and In Progress grades from previous terms, and final copies of theses, thesis-equivalent projects, EdS field projects and dissertations||December 3, 2020||April 22, 2021||July 29, 2021|
All candidates who have applied for graduation will receive a letter from the Office of Graduate Studies detailing the deadlines for finishing all degree requirements.
Note: If you apply for graduation and will not complete all of the requirements for the degree by the published deadline, please notify the Office of Graduate Studies. You must reapply to graduate in a future term; no additional fee is charged.
The following requirements must be in the Office of Graduate Studies 12 working days prior to commencement:
- Comprehensive Examination results. (Contact individual departments/schools for procedures to take the exams.)
- All Incomplete and In Progress grades from previous terms must be completed and the grades submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies.
- Submit thesis, thesis-equivalent project, EdS field project and dissertations.
- Your graduation file must be in complete order with the exception of grades for current enrollments. Final responsibility rests with you, the graduate student, to check with your advisor and the Office of Graduate Studies to be sure all requirements are met.
NOTE: If the above items are not completed by this date, students will NOT be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony
Academic regalia is required for degree candidates to participate in the ceremony. Students not wearing academic regalia will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony.
Purchase your cap, gown, and hood from the UNO Bookstore.
For more information, contact the UNO Bookstore at 402.554.2336.
Once all of the above steps are completed, students and their families are welcome to attend Commencement.
For important information about the ceremony, please visit the Commencement website.
To ensure that you receive your diploma, please remember to complete the following:
- Pay all fees and fines, and satisfy all obligations to the university.
If you are currently enrolled in courses which are a part of your plan of study, you must maintain enrollment and successfully complete the course(s) in order to be eligible for graduation. Grades for all current enrollment must be received by the Office of the Registrar no later than the close of business on the 15th working day following the date of commencement, or 15 working days after the final day of the summer semester. Diplomas will be mailed after this deadline date.
If you have questions or concerns about your diploma mailing, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 402.554.5314.
If you have questions or concerns about completing your degree requirements, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 402.554.2341.