May 2020 Frequently Asked Questions
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- Is Commencement canceled?
- When will the new virtual commencement occur?
- How do we watch the commencement ceremonies?
- With the ceremony going virtual, will I still officially graduate in May?
- Do I still need to do the Degree Application?
- Will the shift to remote learning mode effect my ability to graduate in May 2020?
- How do I know if I have a HOLD on my student account?
- I received an email from MarchingOrder, what is that?
- I heard I can walk in the December Ceremony. How do I sign up?
- Does the graduate get to select the photo that will be used?
- Do I have to submit a photo?
- What do I submit for a personal message?
- How will MarchingOrder know how to say my name?
- Do I still need a cap and gown for the Spring 2020 ceremony?
- Can I still purchase a cap and tassel?
- Am I able to return my regalia since I won’t be wearing it?
- When will I receive information about graduating with honors?
- When will I receive my physical diploma?
- When will I receive my digital diploma?
- Can I pick up my diploma on campus?
- Whom should I contact if I have questions?
No. We have decided to move the ceremony to a virtual format where the graduates’ names will be read while a slide of their name, degree, photo, and personal message will be shown on screen. No in-person ceremony will be held due to COVID-19. Learn more.
UNO’s May 2020 ceremonies will occur online on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 6 P.M. (CST). Separate virtual ceremonies will be held for each of UNO’s six academic colleges, UNL’s College of Engineering, and one for graduate studies degrees. More than 1,800 students are expected to receive their diplomas from UNO this spring.
We will host one ceremony per college, which can be seen on the commencement ceremonies page on May 8, 2020 at 6 P.M. An email with additional information and links will be sent to graduates closer to the day of commencement.
Yes, your degree will be awarded in the same timeframe that is typical for spring graduation. All requirements are due to the Office of the University Registrar by 5:00 PM on June 1, 2020. Once all final grades are posted on your academic record, your degree will be posted on your transcript. This is approximately 3-4 weeks following the conclusion of the spring semester. All degree requirements must be complete in order for your degree to be awarded.
Yes, you still need to apply to graduate. The deadline is April 1. You can do this through MavLINK.
Graduation candidacy will continue to be processed as normal according to UNO requirements and guidelines.
All HOLD information can be found on your MavLINK homepage. You must clear the HOLD with the appropriate department/person/college.
MarchingOrder is the vendor we are working with to make virtual commencement possible. Each graduate will receive an email to their UNO email account with an invitation to log in and submit a photo with a personal message. Graduates may also visit https://unomaha.marchingorder.com/#/ to log in with their UNO email address.
During your registration process with MarchingOrder, we ask if you are interested in being a part of this ceremony. Please select yes if you would like to walk in our December Ceremony.
Yes. We ask that graduates provide a photo appropriate for a formal ceremony. We do not require a professional headshot. We have the following recommendations for taking a headshot at home:
Have someone else take the photo – no selfies.
Find an area with a background you like and stand a few feet away so there is some space between you and the background.
Find an area with window light and face the light.
Shoot tight – just head, shoulders and elbows in the photo without much space around you.
Have the photographer shoot straight-on – no high, low, or side angles.
Stand so your toes are pointed 45 degrees away from the camera and turn your torso to look back at the camera.
Stand up straight and smile!
Take several photos until you have one you like and send it our way!
No. You are not required to include a photo on your slide.
We encourage students to share their favorite Maverick moment or express appreciation for their family and friends. Messages must be limited to 150 characters. Please remember that this is a formal ceremony, and please do not use slang or derogatory terms.
When the graduate is in the MarchingOrder system to upload their photo and personal message, there will also be an area to provide phonetic spelling (spelling out how your name sounds). You can also request they call you so you can voice record your name so their readers can pronounce it as close to possible.
Caps and gowns are not required, though students are welcome to purchase a cap and tassel from the UNO Bookstore if they desire. Students who have already purchased a cap and gown may return one or both to the UNO Bookstore for a refund. Since the UNO Bookstore is currently closed, those who wish to make a return should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are also welcome to create your own cap and mortarboard, which measures approximately 10 inches x 10 inches. Tutorials and cap design ideas are available online on a variety of websites.
The UNO Bookstore is able to accommodate changes to previously ordered graduation packages (cap, gown, and tassel) due to the change in venue to virtual commencement ceremonies for May 2020.
If a student wishes to modify an order, please follow this process with the UNO Bookstore:
For orders requesting in-store pickup:
We will personally reach out to explain your options.
For students who placed an online order:
Students may ship packages back for a full refund (or partial if they want to keep the cap and tassel) as long as they include their receipt in the returned package. If the order was placed 45 days ago or more, and paid by credit card, we will contact the student to get the card information to process the refund.
For students who purchased in-store:
Students may ship refund packages (gown, tassel and cap) back to us, but MUST include their receipt. These students can ONLY be offered a full refund. If they want to purchase a cap and tassel they will have to place a new order online. We will be able to do a credit card refund at the register without needing the physical card as long as we have the original receipt from the purchase. We would also be able to do student account refunds. If a cash or check was used to purchase these students will need to physically come into the store for a refund. Refunds that need to be done in the store can be arranged by appointment once the UNO Bookstore resumes regular business hours.
The shipping address for returns is:
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68182
Please note all shipping costs will need to be paid for by the customer.
All refunds and exchanges must occur on or before May 8, 2020.
A congratulatory letter and your medallion will be mailed out with your diploma on June 5th. There will also be a notation printed next to your name in the Commencement program.
Your diploma will be mailed on June 5, 2020. All degree requirements must be completed and campus holds must be released in order to receive your diploma. Please note we may experience shipping delays with the current COVID-19 situation.
Your digital diploma will be emailed to your preferred email account the week of June 8, 2020. A preferred email account can be designated in MavLINK. All degree requirements must be completed and campus holds must be released in order to receive your digital diploma.
No. Due to current social distancing guidelines in response to the COVID-19 situation, all diplomas will be mailed to you. If you need to update your diploma mailing address, please e-mail the Office of the University Registrar at email@example.com.