Nebraska to grant about 600 degrees during combined August ceremony

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Nebraska to grant about 600 degrees during combined August ceremony

Husker faculty member, psychologist Swearer to address graduates
Pinnacle Bank Arena will host a ceremony for students earning graduate and professional degrees at 3 p.m. Dec. 17 and one for those earning bachelor's degrees at 9 a.m. Dec. 18. Doors open to the public at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 17 and 7:30 a.m. Dec. 18.
Craig Chandler | University Communication
Pinnacle Bank Arena will host a combined graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Aug. 13.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln will confer about 600 degrees during a combined graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremony Aug. 13 at Pinnacle Bank Arena, 400 Pinnacle Arena Drive.

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.


Susan M. Swearer, Willa Cather Professor and chair of the Department of Educational Psychology at Nebraska, will deliver the commencement address. Swearer is a licensed psychologist, co-director of the Bullying Research Network and director of the Nebraska Bullying Prevention and Intervention Initiative. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Swarthmore College, Master of Science in special education from Pennsylvania State University and doctorate in school psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed an APA-approved internship with the Nebraska Internship Consortium in professional psychology at Boys Town in Omaha.

Swearer has authored more than 100 book chapters and articles and three books on the topics of bullying, depression and anxiety in school-aged youth. Her Target Bullying Intervention Program was featured on “CBS Sunday Morning” in February 2011; she was an invited presenter at the White House Bullying Prevention Conference in March 2011; and she was a panelist at the launch of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation in February 2012 at Harvard University. In March 2012, Swearer was a featured bullying expert on Anderson Cooper’s daytime show, “Anderson.” From January to March 2013, she toured with Lady Gaga and the Born This Way Foundation on the Born Brave Bus, a youth empowerment experience that impacted more than 150,000 participants.

Swearer is a supervising psychologist in the Child and Adolescent Therapy Clinic at Nebraska and for seven years was the director of the Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology, an APA-approved internship program that trains 45-plus interns annually. Her career has been devoted to the intersection of research and practice and training the next generation of child and adolescent psychologists.

Chancellor Ronnie Green 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. The public may sit in any non-reserved seats other than on the main floor, which is set for graduates, faculty and dignitaries. Wheelchair-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 wheelchair-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. 13 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 and returning graduates are to check in no later than 8:30 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 and guests are not required to test for COVID-19 before commencement. Voluntary testing is available on campus for students, faculty and staff. Those who test positive on or after Aug. 8 should not attend commencement. Graduates should notify the registrar’s office at if their plans have changed. Graduates and guests who test positive six to 10 days beforehand may attend if symptoms have improved, but, per CDC guidance, those individuals should wear a face covering when around others. For more information on COVID-19 protocols, click here.

Graduates with accessibility concerns should contact the Office of the University Registrar by 5 p.m. July 29 by emailing

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.

For more information on August commencement, click here or email

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