Spring 2016 Commencement
The official degree conferral date and commencement date for Spring 2016 is on Friday,
May 13, 2016.
Please direct all graduation related queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for Candidates
Students who wish to graduate for Spring 2016 must fill out the Application for Degree
on WebSTAR by Friday, March 4, 2016. You will find information at: http://www.uno.edu/registrar/application-for-degree.aspx
Diploma/Graduation fees are not refundable after the March 4th deadline.
Orders for personalized announcements will be taken during the Grad
Fair in mid-March (specific date not announced yet from the Bookstore) from 10 am
to 6 pm in the University Center Ballroom. You may order personalized announcements
or you may call toll free to place your order at 1-877-225-3687. Blank announcements
will also be available at the Grad Fair and any time after in the Bookstore Monday
through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. If you choose to purchase blank announcements,
you will need to stop by the Privateer Prints located in the UC to have them printed
for a fee.
All candidates should report in academic cap and gown, with tassel hanging from the
right front of the cap, to the North entrance facing the lake not later than 1:30
P.M. Please park in the North lot. The area designated for line-up is limited to graduates,
so do not bring friends and family into this area. Only candidates will be permitted
to enter the area.
Candidates needing special services or accommodations due to a disability should identify
themselves prior to commencement by emailing email@example.com. Such notice must be received no later than May 1, 2016.
The Candidate Procession will be organized by the College with assistance from the
Registrar's Office. The Candidates have to arrive at the venue no later than 1:30
P.M. When you enter the lobby area, designated staff members will direct you to the
staging area. You will be given a card with your name and your seating number on it.
This card is to be presented to the speaker in order for your name to be announced
as you cross the stage. It is very important that you do not lose or destroy this card.
When directed to do so, you will line up in numerical order behind the sign for your
college. Graduate students will line up together in the Graduate School section of
the Student Procession. The candidates will process in pairs led by marshals into
the commencement area. You need only to follow the person in front of you. When you
reach your seat please remain standing until the Invocation is complete. Gentlemen
should remove their caps during the National Anthem and during the period of silent
During the ceremony, candidates will rise when requested to do so by their dean and
will remain standing for the conferral of degrees. After the conferring of degrees,
candidates will be instructed to take their seats.
The names of doctoral candidates will be announced individually from the podium by
the Dean of the Graduate School or his designee. Each candidate will advance to the
center area of the platform to be hooded by their major
professor and to receive his or her diploma from the President. When this is completed,
the candidate will return to his or her chair.
Marshals will direct the movement of other candidates to the platform to receive their
diploma covers. When you get to the top of the stairs leading onto the platform, you
must give your name card to the announcer. Then, when your name is announced, you
will enter the platform area and receive your diploma cover from the Chancellor. A
professional photographer will take your picture with the Chancellor. As you cross
the platform, shift your tassel to the left front of your cap.
In the Recession, the official Platform Party and the faculty will move first, exiting
as directed by the marshals. All graduates will follow the faculty as directed by
Class ring representatives will be on campus periodically, and they will be at Grad
Fair from 10 am to 6 pm in the Alumni Center Ballroom. Inquire at the Bookstore for
future dates and times. You may also order your official UNO class ring by visiting
Diplomas will be available at commencement for pick up immediately following the conclusion
of the ceremony. Diplomas will only be given out to those students for whom their college/program
has been able to complete their graduation checkout and who do not have a financial
hold on their diploma. Students who have transfer work to be evaluated will not receive
their diplomas until all work has been posted and reviewed.
Students who desire to have their diplomas mailed must fill out the Diploma Mailing
Form at http://www.uno.edu/registrar/forms/ with the mailing address. There is a $10 mailing fee that must be purchased on Webstar
after filling out the Diploma Mailing Form:
Sign in to Webstar. Under the Student Self Service, click on Campus Finances, then
Purchase Miscellaneous Items. You will see the Diploma Mailing fee listed.
Students may also pick up their diploma at the Registrar's Office in the Privateer
Enrollment Center on any work day after Commencement (so beginning on Monday, May
In order to graduate, students must be active in their program. For Undergraduate
students, this means that if you have completed all of your coursework prior to the
semester in which you plan to graduate, the Office of the Registrar or your college
will have to enroll you in a "degree only" course in order to maintain your active
status. For Graduate students, please contact the Graduate School for more details.
All fees and other financial obligations to the University must be paid 48 hours prior
to commencement in order to receive your diploma. If you think you are delinquent
in any manner, contact the Bursar for fees and traffic fines (504-280-5500 or 504-280-6504),
and/or the Library for library fines (504-280-6355).
Graduation regalia will be available for purchase during the Grad Fair from 10 am
to 6 pm in the University Center Ballroom. If you are unable to attend Grad Fair,
graduation regalia will be available for purchase in the bookstore Monday through
Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, after the Grad Fair. Please consult the Academic Costume
Guide provided at the beginning of this document for the items of apparel you will
need. If you (the student) are unable to purchase your regalia in person, you can
send someone to purchase your items. Bookstore personnel will need to know your height
and weight along with the type of degree you are receiving such as a bachelor, master
or doctoral and your major. Graduation regalia will not be available at the commencement
ceremony!! Hoods will be presented to doctoral candidates by the University during
the commencement ceremony.
No unauthorized costume or ornamentation should be worn during the commencement ceremony.
This includes cords, pendants, and tassels from social organizations/clubs. Candidates
may wear honor cords from authorized academic honor societies. Candidates will not
be able to participate in the commencement ceremony if academic apparel is altered
in any way.
Please do not bring cell phones, umbrellas, purses or other items of extra apparel
with you to the UNO Lakefront Arena as you are not permitted to carry or wear these
in the Procession. Academic apparel should be worn to the commencement site. There
will be no place to secure items you bring with you.
- No tickets are required for guests to attend.
- Parking is available on both the North and South sides of the Lakefront Arena. Those
guests with handicap plates or passes may park in the area in the front reserved for
disabled parking. If they do not have plates or permits, then they can be dropped
off in the area and the able-body driver will need to park in general parking areas.
Entrance is through Ground One located under Ramp 1.
- The doors will be open to the public approximately an hour and a half before the exercises
are scheduled to begin.
- Seating is on first come first serve basis.
Student Loan Exit Interview
If at any time you have ever received any type of Stafford or Perkins student loan
through the University, you must complete an exit interview prior to graduation. To
Sign your Exit Counseling for Federal Direct Stafford loans, please visit: www.studentloans.gov. In order to access your account, you must use your FAFSA PIN number. Federal Perkins
Loan exit interviews must be completed online at https://www.uasexit.com/. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid (504-280-3270) if you have any questions
about this requirement for Stafford loan recipients. Students with a Federal Perkins
loans question should call the Perkins Loan Coordinator at 504-280-6506 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact UNO's Federal Perkins Loan administrator University Accounting
Services at (800) 999-6227 for questions.
Transcripts with degrees posted will be available once all work has been evaluated.
Transcript requests should be made through Transcripts on Demand at http://www.uno.edu/registrar/transcript.aspx. Indicate in the comment
column "to hold for degree." Transcript requests with degrees posted will be available
beginning Monday, May 16, 2016, for students who do not have any pending transfer
work or financial holds. PLEASE NOTE: walk-up transcript requests and same-day transcript
request are no longer available. See the above site for details.