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Ceremony Information

Commencement Ceremony | May 8, 2020 | Baxter Arena | 9:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M.

The ceremony is expected to last three hours. As a courtesy to all graduates and their guests, you are expected to remain and participate in the entire ceremony.

  • You should arrive at Baxter Arena wearing your cap and gown. Please leave any personal items at home, in your vehicle, or with a family member or guest, including coats, bags, purses, boxes, etc.
  • Visit the Commencement website for key information about the event.

Morning Ceremony | 9:00 A.M. at Baxter Arena

Participating colleges:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Engineering (UNL)
  • College of Education
7:00 A.M. Doors open
8:00 A.M. Graduates report for lineup
9:00 A.M. Ceremony begins

Afternoon Ceremony | 3:00 P.M. at Baxter Arena

Participating colleges:

  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Public Affairs and Community Service
  • College of Information Science & Technology
  • College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media
1:00 P.M. Doors open
2:00 P.M. Graduates report for lineup
3:00 P.M. Ceremony begins

Tassels & Hoods

  • Bachelor's candidates: Wear the tassel over the right front of your cap.
  • Master's candidates: Wear the tassel over the left front of your cap. Put on your hood.
  • Doctoral and Specialist candidates: Wear the tassel over the left front of your cap. Drape your hood over your left arm and hand it to the Hooder when you reach the stage.

Commencement Attire

  • Caps and gowns are required for degree candidates to participate in all ceremonies.
  • You may wear honors cords or stoles provided by your organization with your cap and gown.
  • Wear the UNO tassel with your cap.
  • We recommend wearing business attire under the gown. Men should wear a dress shirt and tie. Although some consider ties optional, the shirt collar and tie are visible at the throat of the gown.
  • Women should wear a dress, skirt, or dress slacks. Try to choose a dress or skirt with a hemline that does not extend below the gown.