Students and Faculty
- Before the Ceremony
- During the Ceremony
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Doors open for students and guests two hours prior to the ceremony start time. Please arrive at the Baxter Arena and enter through the main doors (southwest side) no later than 8:00 A.M. The ceremony will begin at 9:00 AM.
Please be dressed in your cap, gown, and tassel upon arrival. Proceed to the Holland Ice on the main floor for instructions and line up. Traffic will be very heavy, so it is recommended that you allow an hour to park, go through security, and find the student line up area. You can view parking and shuttle maps here.
There will be signs and Event Staff at the Arena to give you instructions and answer questions.
Additional Line Up Information
Students will grouped by college, then by department, and then by last name
Faculty will line up in a private faculty robing area on the Holland Ice.
Students will receive a name card upon arrival at the Holland Ice. Your name card is how the speaker will identify you when you cross the stage to receive your diploma cover. Provide the English phonetic spelling of your name on this card to assist the speaker with the correct pronunciation of your name as you cross the stage. Event staff will be available to provide help with this.
- Please do not bring coats, purses, boxes, backpacks and/or bags with you to the line up area. No personal items will be allowed on the ceremony floor, and UNO and Baxter Arena cannot guarantee the safety of any items left in the line up area. It is recommended that these items be left at home or with a guest attending the ceremony.
All purses, boxes, backpacks, and other bags will be subject to search upon entering the building. Prohibited items include: illegal drugs; alcohol; weapons of any kind; or any item deemed to challenge public safety.
The ceremony will begin 9:00 A.M., and students should arrive no later than 8:00 A.M. to check in. After lining up in the Holland Ice, graduates and faculty will be led onto the ceremony floor in a processional and taken to their seats.
Please turn off your cell phones, cameras, and other devices and refrain from using them during the ceremony.
Men should remove their caps for the National Anthem.
Candidates for each degree will be presented to the Chancellor as a group, and degrees will be conferred.
Doctoral candidates will be hooded.
Students - when directed by ushers, present your name card to the reader and proceed up the ramp. Cross the stage and receive your diploma cover. Proceed down the ramp, pause for a photo, then follow the usher's directions to return to your seat.
The ceremony is expected to last three hours. As a courtesy to all graduates and their guests, you are expected to remain and participate in the entire ceremony.
At the close of the ceremony, the Platform Party and faculty will exit the ceremony floor in a formal recessional followed by the graduates.
- Please meet your guests outside of the Arena's main doors (southwest side of the building).
Please ask guests to proceed directly to the concourse or upper levels to find seats upon arrival. There will be signs and event staff at the arena to assist with any questions.
Students and faculty should plan to leave jackets, purses, boxes, backpacks, and/or bags at home or with guests. You will not be allowed to bring personal items with you into the ceremony, and UNO and Baxter Arena cannot guarantee the safety of any items left in the line up area.
Graduates, guests, and faculty will have access to free parking for this event. UNO permits will not be required. Maps and shuttle routes can be found here.
- Graduates, guests, and faculty may park in lots 24, 25, 26, and 27 on Center Campus (near Baxter Arena).
Lot 21 has been reserved exclusively for handicap parking. All other lots will also have handicap-accessible parking spaces. Please display a valid state-issued handicap parking permit.
A free shuttle service will be provided and will run continuously from lot 26 to the front of the Arena.
- A map of the commencement shuttle route, can be found here.
Use of the shuttles is optional. If you prefer to take your own vehicle, please refer to the Commencement Parking maps by clicking here.
Dodge Campus to Baxter Arena: The Faculty Commencement Shuttle will depart from the north side of the Eppley Administration Building at 7:45 AM.
- Scott Campus to Baxter Arena: The Faculty Commencement Shuttle will depart from Lot 5, north of Mammel Hall at 7:55 AM.
- Return shuttles will depart from Baxter Arena 30 minutes after each ceremony, stopping at Lot 5, then Eppley Administration Building.
Students and faculty are required to wear a cap and gown to the ceremony. Business attire beneath the gown is recommended.
- Bachelors' candidates: Wear the tassel over the right front of the cap.
Masters' candidates: Wear the tassel over the left front of the cap. Put on your hood.
Doctoral and Specialist candidates: Wear the tassel over the left front of the cap. Drape your hood over your left arm and hand it to the Hooder when you reach the stage.
Men are advised to wear a dress shirt and tie. Although some consider ties optional, the shirt collar and tie are visible at the throat of the gown.
- Most women prefer to wear a dress or skirt although dress slacks are also appropriate. Try to choose a dress or skirt with a hemline that does not extend below the gown.
You are welcome to wear honors cords and stoles provided your student organization or honors society. Please wear the UNO tassel on your cap and refrain from using any provided by these groups.
- Faculty needing to order regalia from the UNO Bookstore must do so no later than November 3. There is no deadline for students.
There will be a professional photographer from GradImages taking student photos as they receive their diploma covers. Proofs will be emailed to students' university email accounts following the ceremony with the opportunity to purchase. As a courtesy to all attendees, guests may not photograph from the aisles during the ceremony.
Commencement participants will be identified in the printed program as degree candidates whose graduation is contingent upon successful completion of academic requirements. Diplomas will be mailed out within 30 days after Commencement. All participants will receive a diploma cover; master's candidates will receive a medallion; specialist and doctoral candidates will be hooded.
In case of inclement weather, watch local media or visit our website for updates on possible cancellations or delays. For general questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 402.554.2358.
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