University awarding 3,567 degrees in May exercises

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University awarding 3,567 degrees in May exercises

Graduate Karolayn Greys Chavez Loor smiles and holds her diploma above her head.
Craig Chandler | University Communication and Marketing
Karolayn Greys Chavez Loor celebrates and shows her Master of Architecture diploma to family and friends during the graduate and professional degree ceremony May 17 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is conferring 3,567 degrees during its May commencement exercises.

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The 3,484 graduates are from 64 countries; 46 U.S. states and Puerto Rico; and about 230 Nebraska communities.

The Bob Devaney Sports Center hosted a ceremony for College of Law graduates May 3, and Pinnacle Bank Arena held a ceremony for students earning graduate and professional degrees May 17. Memorial Stadium, One Memorial Stadium Drive, will host a ceremony for undergraduates at 9 a.m. May 18.

Chancellor Rodney D. Bennett will preside over the undergraduate ceremony.

To maintain a secure environment, Memorial Stadium enforces a clear-bag policy that limits the size and type of bag that may be brought inside. Cameras are permitted, but cases are not. To avoid inconveniences, guests are encouraged to arrive early and travel light.

Tickets are not required for the ceremony, and there is no limit to the number of guests per graduate. All seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For the undergraduate ceremony, gates will open to the public and student check-in will begin at 7 a.m. Guest seating is in West Stadium for best ceremony viewing. Gates 2, 3, 4 and 10 will be open for public entry. Gate 3 is available for guests with accessibility needs.

For guests with permanent or temporary disabilities, hard-back chairs are available at field level with one companion seat. Pre-registration is not required. Guests should enter through Gate 3 and ask event staff for assistance. No elevator or stairs are needed to access this seating area. Open captioning for people with hearing impairment will be provided on the ribbon boards.

Sone Tuala performs a haka, a ceremonial Māori dance, to honor his brother Maika Malualelagi Tuala, a doctoral graduate, outside of Pinnacle Bank Arena.
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Sone Tuala performs a haka, a ceremonial Māori dance, to honor his brother Maika Malualeilagi Tuala (right), who received his doctoral degree in sociology. The graduate had a large cheering section of family and friends.

First aid will be at the northwest station on the north concourse for guests and the southeast field-level station for those on the field. The northwest American Red Cross room is also designated as a lactation space.

Students will be seated on the field. Guests will not be allowed on the field at any point during commencement. They may meet up with graduates outside the gates of Memorial Stadium after the ceremony.

Numerous lanes are closed in downtown Lincoln near Memorial Stadium. Guests should plan for congestion on those streets and allow ample time to arrive. To minimize traffic and parking challenges, guests are urged to visit the City of Lincoln roads website or use the Waze mobile app.

Free parking is available with no permit needed (except for accessible spaces) in City Campus parking garages and surface lots, unless otherwise marked. Stadium Drive from T to V streets will be closed. To relieve congestion around the stadium, consider using the 14th and Avery garage.

Accessible parking is available near the stadium on a first-come, first-served basis. Vehicles must have appropriate, state-issued permits or license plates. A drop-off area for mobility-restricted guests will be available just south of Stadium Drive and T Street. For a parking map, click here.

Undergraduates are to check in no later than 8:15 a.m. at the Hawks Championship Center, just north of Memorial Stadium. Students should bring their student ID, or another form of identification with NU ID number, and enter through the west doors. Graduates should arrive wearing their cap with tassel, gown and stole. Personal items should be left with family or friends. Graduates will check in and go directly to their assigned seats inside the stadium. Graduates are encouraged to wear flat, comfortable shoes since they will be walking on field turf and/or uneven ground.

Graduates should contact the Office of the University Registrar with accessibility concerns.

The undergraduate ceremony is expected to last two-and-a-half to three hours. The ceremony will be streamed here and broadcast live on Spectrum channel 1303, Allo channel 23 and Kinetic channel 1080.

For more information on May commencement, click here or email

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Fireworks explode over Memorial Stadium during commencement.
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