Spring 2013 Commencement
Commencement will be held at the UNO Lakefront Arena on
Friday, May 17, 2013 at 7:00 P.M.
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In order to graduate, students must be active in their program. This means that if
you have completed all 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 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
All fees and other financial obligations to the University must be paid 48 hours prior
to commencement in order to graduate and receive your diploma. If you think you are
delinquent in any manner, contact the Bursar Office (504-280-5500 or 504-280-6504)
for inquiries about fees or traffic fines. Contact the library (504-280-6355) for
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: 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 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. Indicate in the comment column “to hold for degree.” Transcript requests with degrees
posted will be available beginning May 20, 2013 for students who do not have any pending
Graduation regalia will be available for purchase during our Fall Grad Fair on March 12, 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 beginning two weeks prior to commencement. Please consult the Academic Costume Guide for the items of apparel you will need. If you (the student) are unable to purchase
your regalia in person you may send someone on your behalf 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
Orders for personalized announcements will be taken during the Grad Fair on March 12, from 10 am to 6 pm in the University Center Ballroom. You may order
personalized announcements online through balfour.com 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 at the same times listed above for the caps and
gowns. 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 of 0.07 cents each.
Class ring representatives will be on campus periodically, and they will be at Grad Fair on March 12, 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
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.
Bachelors and masters 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 at least one hour prior to the ceremony. 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.
Special Services or Accomodations
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, 2013.
- The Candidate procession will be organized by the College with assistance from the
Registrar's Office. 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
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 from the President. A professional photographer will take your picture with the President. 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
- 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. 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 should update their mailing address utilizing WebSTAR and the Student Self
Service link to addresses. This should be completed not later than the day of commencement.
The photographer at commencement will also be utilizing this information.
If you do not plan to attend the Commencement exercise, you must notify the Registrar's Office by completing an Absentia Form. Diplomas for Spring 2013, will be available in the Office of the Registrar from
Monday, May 20 in our office. If you wish to have your diploma mailed to you, fill
out the Diploma Mailing Form including the exact physical address to which the diploma should be mailed (no PO boxes) and full credit card information to cover the ten dollars ($10.00) mailing