The University of Nebraska–Lincoln will confer 588 degrees during a combined graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremony Aug. 12 at Pinnacle Bank Arena, 400 Pinnacle Arena Drive.
The 583 graduates are from 33 countries; 35 U.S. states and Puerto Rico; and more than 60 Nebraska communities.
The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m., with doors opening to the public at 7:30 a.m. The university will award doctoral, master’s, juris doctorate and baccalaureate degrees.
Chancellor Rodney Bennett will preside over the commencement ceremony.
To maintain a secure environment, the arena enforces a clear-bag policy that limits the size and type of bag that may be brought into the venue. Details are available here. To avoid inconveniences, guests and graduates are encouraged to arrive early and travel light.
No tickets are required for the ceremony, and there is no limit to the number of guests per graduate. The public may sit in any non-reserved seats other than on the main floor, which is set for graduates, faculty and dignitaries. Accessible seating is available on the concourse level in Sections 106, 107, 110, 112, 114, 117 and 118. Beverage stands will be open. Open captioning for people with hearing impairment will be provided through the ribbon screens at the corners of the arena concourse level. Guest services and first aid will be on Level 3 at Gate 112.
Paid parking, including accessible spaces, is available in Haymarket area garages and on the street. For more information, click here. Street closures in the Haymarket area will be in effect Aug. 12 due to a farmers market. Street congestion may occur.
A drop-off area for mobility-restricted guests will be available on the south side of the U.S. Post Office building, 700 R St., directly east of Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Graduating students are to check in no later than 8:20 a.m. for the ceremony. Graduates should enter the south lobby, off R Street. A graduate-only entrance sign will be posted. Participants should bring their NCard, or a photo ID and NU ID number, for check-in. Graduates will be given a name/number card to find their place in the processional lineup. They should bring this card to the stage to receive their diploma. Limited coat room space will be available, so graduates are encouraged to leave personal items with family or friends.
Graduates with accessibility concerns should contact the Office of the University Registrar by 5 p.m. Aug. 1 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ceremony is expected to last two-and-a-half hours. Graduates and their guests are asked to stay for the entire ceremony.
The ceremony will be streamed here and broadcast live on Spectrum channel 1303, Allo channel 23 and Kinetic channel 1080.