Frequently Asked Questions
There is free, open parking at the Baxter Arena. Guests and graduates may park in lots 24, 25, 26, and 27 on Center Campus (near Baxter Arena). Lot 21 has been reserved for handicap parking.
Allow an hour or longer to park, go through security, and find the student line up area or guest seating once you reach Baxter Arena.
All parking is free and permits are not required.
Vehicles displaying a valid, state-issued handicapped parking permit may park in lot 21.
Please note: There is no overnight parking in the Baxter Arena lots prior to commencement.
No tickets are required, and there is no limit to the number of guests a graduate may bring. Seating is not reserved.
Each ceremony will be approximately 3 hours long.
Will there be a professional photographer?
Yes. Each graduate will be photographed by a professional photographer from Grad Images as they receive their diploma cover. Proofs will be emailed to the student's UNO email account in the days following the ceremony. Guests may not photograph from the aisles during the ceremony.
All guests, faculty, and graduating students will be subject to a Security Bag Check. Attendees are encouraged to leave coats, bags, purses, backpacks, boxes, and strollers at home or locked and hidden securely in the vehicle. Expedited entry to indoor venues will be available for guests without bags, purses, backpacks, boxes, and strollers to check. Prohibited items include: illegal drugs or alcohol; weapons of any kind; or any item deemed to challenge public safety.
Please note: the Clear Bag Policy does not apply to Commencement.
Guests and graduating students are advised to allow an hour or longer to park and reach their seats. Please also add 30-40 minutes to your planned commute time as traffic is expected to be very heavy. It is also recommended that you avoid taking West Center Road to arrive at the arena if possible. Early arrival guarantees the best parking, shortest security check wait times, and the choicest seating. Carpooling is highly encouraged for guests and graduates. All students and faculty should arrive in the line up area an hour prior to the start of the ceremony.
Yes, please visit the Disability Access page for more information.
Yes! You can watch a live broadcast or a recorded video of the ceremonies on the University of Nebraska at Omaha Ustream channel.
The University will make any weather-related announcements as far in advance as possible on the commencement homepage and the following outlets:University Homepage
UNO on Facebook
UNO on Twitter
If deemed necessary by the University, text messages will be sent to faculty, staff and students enrolled in the SMS alert system.
Do I need to RSVP?
Your purchase of the official UNO branded cap and gown from the UNO Bookstore serves as your official RSVP for Commencement.
What if I am not attending graduation?
If you do not attend the ceremony your diploma will be mailed to you approximately 15-20 days after commencement.
Does participating in the ceremony mean that I graduated?
No, all those who participate in the ceremony are candidates for graduation. We do not have final grades at the time of the commencement ceremonies to determine if all degree requirements have been met. Diplomas will be mailed approximately 15-20 business days after commencement.
If I am graduating with honors, when and how will I be notified?
Students who are graduating with honors will be notified by letter from the Office of the University Registrar. Letters will include when and where to pick up your medallion and are typically mailed 7 to 10 days prior to the ceremony.
Is there a graduation rehearsal?
No, there is no graduation rehearsal. Graduates will receive instructions via email the week before the ceremony.
All students should arrive at the Arena at least an hour prior to the start of the ceremony. Event Staff will give you detailed instructions and answer questions.
If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens when I arrive?
All students should arrive at the Arena an hour prior to the start of their ceremony. Please enter through the main (southwest) doors of the Arena. There will be signs and Event Staff there to give you instructions and answer questions. Students will go to the Holland Ice for check in and line up. Please ask your guests to proceed directly to the ceremony location.
You will receive a name card when you check in at the Holland Ice. Provide the phonetic spelling of your name on this card to assist the speaker with the correct pronunciation of your name as you cross the stage. Keep this card with you at all times.
Graduate students will be lined up in alphabetical order by college, department, and then by last name. Undergraduate students will line up by college, department, and then by last name. Your name card is how the reader will identify you when you cross the stage to receive your diploma cover. Please keep this card with you at all times.
What do I do during the ceremony?
Please shut off cell phones and other electronic devices, and refrain from using them during the ceremony.
Marshals will lead you from the line up area to the ceremony location. Ushers will direct you to your seat.
Men should remove their caps for the National Anthem and Invocation.
Ushers will direct you to proceed to the ramp next to the stage at the appropriate time.
Present your name card to the reader. Go up the ramp in single file.
Proceed across the stage, receive your diploma cover, and go down the ramp. Pause for a photo. Follow the usher’s directions to return to your seat.
The ceremony will last about three hours. As a courtesy to all graduates and their guests, you are expected to remain and participate in the entire ceremony.
What should I wear?
Please arrive wearing your cap, gown, and tassel. Official UNO branded caps and gowns are required for degree candidates to participate in the ceremony. Students not wearing caps and gowns will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony. Visit the Caps and Gowns page to find out when and how to purchase your cap and gown.
Business attire with comfortable dress shoes is recommended.
If wearing a shirt and tie, the shirt collar and tie are visible at the throat of the gown.
- You may wear honor cords and stoles provided to you by a student organization or honors society. Please wear the UNO tassel on your cap.
If wearing a dress or skirt, try to choose one with a hemline that does not extend below the gown.
It is recommended that you leave jackets, purses, boxes, backpacks, and/or bags at home or with your guests - you will not return to the line-up location after the ceremony.