Checklist for Graduates
Congratulations on completing your journey at the University of Nevada, Reno! Below is some information to help you complete the final step and make it through your graduation ceremony.
1. Apply for Graduation and Check that Degree Requirements Are Met
Every candidate for a degree must formally apply for graduation through MyNevada and pay the non-refundable application fee of $75. The deadline to apply for Spring Graduation is March 1st. To submit an application for undergraduate or graduate student graduation, log in to MyNevada and go to the Student Center. Near the top left of the screen, you will find a drop down menu that reads "other academic". When eligible students access the list, they will see "Apply for Graduation" among the options available.Confirm that the requirements for your degree have been satisfied. You must complete all of the requirements on your Academic Advising Report (AAR) by the last day of the term. Visit MyNEVADA Help for information about reading your AAR and tracking your graduation status after submitting your graduation application.
2. Update Address and Degree Name in MyNevada
You will be receiving a lot of very important information in the mail, including your name card, which you must bring with you to the ceremony, and your diploma after your degree has been posted. Therefore, it is very important your address in MyNevada is up to date. To update your mailing address, log in to MyNevada and click on "My Personal Information". You will see a drop-down menu with several quick options to change or view your personal information. By clicking on "Addresses", you will be able to view, add, and edit your mailing address.
It is also important to update your degree name in MyNevada. Your degree name is the name that will be used for the program, your name card, and your diploma. To update your degree name, log in to MyNevada and click on "My Personal Information". Next, click on "Personal Data Summary", followed by "Names". Here you will be able to edit your degree name by adding or deleting your middle name, prefixes, suffixes, and so on. In order to ensure your card is sent to the correct address with the correct name, please make edits in MyNEVADA by April 15th.
3. RSVP for the Commencement Ceremony
All graduation applicants must RSVP for the ceremony by April 15th. Please RSVP for the commencement ceremony by clicking on the RSVP link in the Commencement Ceremony Supplemental Information email sent at the beginning of March. If you did not receive the email, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. After the April 15th deadline, students graduating with their Bachelor's or Master's degree, who have responded, will be mailed a preprinted reader card listing their name, college, and degree information. The reader card MUST be brought to the ceremony. Doctoral graduates will receive their reader card the day of the ceremony at line-up.
4. Rent Your Graduation Cap and Gown and Attend the Graduation Fair
Caps and gowns may be obtained from the Nevada Wolf Shop in the Joe Crowley Student Union during the six-week period before Commencement, starting on March 16th, 2016. All gowns must be returned by May 20th, 2016. Caps and tassels are yours to keep.
The Graduation Fair will take place on March 16-17th, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the 2nd Floor of the Nevada Wolf Shop in the Joe Crowley Student Union. At the fair, students can rent gowns and get discounts on class rings, graduation announcements, diploma frames, and more. Custom fitted gowns for Doctorial and Master's students can be ordered and purchased during the Custom Doctoral and Master Day on March 15th, 2016.
5. Order Graduation Announcements
Non-custom graduation announcements can be bought in-store at the Nevada Wolf Shop or purchased online. Please Click Here to purchase graduation announcements from the Nevada Wolf Shop.The Nevada Wolf Shop also offers custom announcements from CB Grad, Jostens.
6. Attend the Graduation Celebration
Every year the Nevada Alumni Association hosts a free lunch with games and entertainment for graduating seniors. This year's celebration will take place on Thursday, April 28th, 2016 from 11:30am to 1:00pm in the Virginia Street Gym. Be sure to RSVP by April 21st and stop by to celebrate wtih your fellow graduates. Free Nevada Alumni license plate frames will be available for the first 300 attendees.
7. Clear Holds on Your Account
To ensure you receive your diploma once your degree has posted, make sure any holds you may have are taken care of and removed. This may include paying any outstanding fees, parking tickets, or library fines. To see if you have a hold that may prevent you from receiving your diploma, log in to MyNevada and click "Student Center Dashboard". On the right hand side of the page, is a section titled "Holds". If there are no holds on your record, it will read "No Holds".
8. Pre-Register with GradImages
GradImages is the official photographer of the Commencement ceremonies. You will have an opportunity to pre-register your email address and up to six email addresses of your family and friends. This will ensure your picture samples will be quickly and conveniently sent to you and all others registered, as soon as they are available. To register, visit the Grad Images Website, and click on the Pre-Event Registration tab.
9. Prepare for The Big Day
On the day of your ceremony, proceed to your college's designated lineup area at Lawlor Events Center. Bring your personal name card with you. It is best to leave personal items such as purses and coats with your family and friends. For details regarding the ceremony, please check out this important information.