May 2021 Commencement is less than two weeks away! As we prepare to celebrate with families and friends, we remain mindful of the COVID-19 virus and protection of our communities. To that end, we intend to conduct COVID-19 screening at the entrance to commencement ceremonies — either using the app or a verbal screening.
For these reasons, we ask that you help us take proactive steps to ensure a rapid and hassle-free screening process. We also ask that you assist your loved ones (parents, grandparents, spouses, significant others, and anyone else planning to attend the ceremony) in doing the same. By doing so, you can obtain, for them, quicker entry into the ceremony.
Attendees are reminded that masking and distancing are still required, regardless of screening results or of immunization status.
Option 1 (Preferred Option)
Download the 1-Check UNO app (for students, faculty, and staff) or the CheckCOVID app (for guests). Perform a screening on the app on the day of commencement and be able to show your green “low” status with date/time stamp. Alternatively, access the web-based version of the app, perform the screen, print the results, and bring those printed results to Baxter Arena.
The venue entrance is not the time or place for new users to familiarize themselves with the app. Take a few screenings in the days leading up to commencement to get comfortable.
UNO Community | How to Access the App:
Guests | How to Access the App:
Option 2 (Less Desirable Option)
Those who do not utilize the above option will be subject to verbal screening at Baxter Arena, potentially delaying entrance into the ceremony.
Verbal Screening Questions:
- Do you have a fever or chills?
- Do you have a new or worsening cough?
- Are you experiencing new or worsening shortness of breath?
- Have you recently lost your sense of taste or smell?
- Are you aware of having contact with a COVID-positive individual in the past 14 days?
Questions concerning this request should be sent to the Office of Health Security at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID-19 Testing Available
While not a requirement for entry, COVID-19 testing will be available outside of Baxter Arena for graduates and ticketholders who would like to receive a test prior to entry.
UNO has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation both locally and nationally. If at any point between now and the scheduled ceremonies COVID-19 trends present an increased risk for safety, we will modify our planning and update our graduates and campus community. We remain committed to the health and safety of the campus and Omaha communities as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
Please understand that it is important that we strictly reinforce the effective practices and basic safety measures such as masks and social distancing while on Baxter and UNO campus grounds. This commencement format was the result of extensive planning discussions that included Student Government, under the leadership of Jabin Moore, UNO Student Body President, and many others.
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.