Spring 2015 Commencement

The Spring 2015 Commencement will be held at the UNO Lakefront Arena at 3:00 P.M. on Friday,
May 15, 2015.

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Orders for personalized announcements will be taken during the Grad Fair on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 from 10 am to 6 pm in the University Center Ballroom.

Order personalized announcements online

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.

Candidate Information

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 Such notice must be received no later than May 1, 2015.

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 reflection.

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 the marshals.

Class Ring

Class ring representatives will be on campus periodically, and they will be at Grad Fair on March 17, 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 planning on not attending graduation or who desire to have their diplomas mailed must fill out the Diploma Mailing Form 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 on any work day after Commencement (so beginning on Monday, May 18, 2015).

Enrollment Requirement

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. The fee for this course is $30.00. It is non-refundable, and it must be paid along with any other fees in order for you to graduate. 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

Graduation regalia will be available for purchase during our Spring Grad Fair on Tuesday March 17, 2015 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 March 17. 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.

Guest Information

  1. No tickets are required for guests to attend.
  2. 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.
  3. The doors will be open to the public approximately an hour and a half before the exercises are scheduled to begin.
  4. 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: In order to access your account, you must use your FAFSA PIN number. Federal Perkins Loan exit interviews must be completed online at 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 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. Indicate in the comment column "to hold for degree." Transcript requests with degrees posted will be available beginning Monday, May 18, 2015, for students who do not have any pending transfer work.