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What side does my tassel go on?

Initially, the tassel is on the right. For better pictures, it depends on what side of the stage you are on.  For graduates crossing the stage from the right (from the crowd perspective) tassel is placed on the right and stays on the right until the graduate exits the stage. For graduates crossing the stage from the left, tassels should be moved to the left while they are on the ramp, before they cross the stage, and remain on the left.

How much does the cap and gown cost?

For Bachelor's graduates, the rental cost is $49.50. 

For Master's graduates, the rental cost is $69.00 for gown, hood, cap and tassel.

For Doctoral graduates, the rental cost is $79.00 and the purchase cost begins at $470.

For more information please contact the Nevada Wolf Shop.

If I was unable to attend the Graduation Fair, can I still rent my cap and gown?

Yes. Caps and gowns may be obtained from the Nevada Wolf Shop in the Joe Crowley Student Union anytime during the nine-week period before Commencement, starting on October 5, 2016. Please contact the Nevada Wolf Shop if you have any additional questions or concerns.

Is there a dress code?

A cap and gown must be worn by all graduates; however, there is no dress code for what must be worn under the gown.  Most graduates choose to wear semi-formal attire but it is not required. Dress for parents, family, and friends who will be attending the ceremony is casual to semi-formal. When deciding what to wear, keep in mind that both graduates and attendees will likely be sitting in the sunlight for a while.

Where and when do I get my cap and gown?

Caps and gowns may be obtained from the Nevada Wolf Shop in the Joe Crowley Student Union during the nine-week period before Commencement, starting on October 5, 2016.

All rental gowns must be returned by December 16th, 2016. Caps and tassels are yours to keep. The Graduation Fair will take place on October 5 & 6, 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 October 5, 2016. The Wolf Shop will be open at 7:00 a.m. the day of Commencement and will have caps and gowns ready for any students who need them at the last minute. 

Can we decorate our caps?

Yes, but please be tasteful. No obscene logos or writing will be tolerated on the caps.

What kind of weather should I expect to dress for?

You can look at the local weather forecast a day or so in advance for the most accurate information regarding weather. 

Winter Ceremony:  Will be held inside the Lawlor Events Center, however, you should dress accordingly for Winter weather.

Spring Ceremony:  Generally speaking, the AM ceremonies are cooler in the morning and quite warm in the afternoon, so bringing light layers is usually a good idea.  In the event of inclement weather (i.e. snow or rain) the ceremony will be moved to the Lawlor Events Center. 

Should this happen, there will be signs and staff to guide both graduates and attendees to the correct location.

When do I wear my hood?

Master's students wear their hood before the ceremony. Ph.D. students are hooded by their faculty advisor and should drape the hood over their arm while marching.

Attendee: Do we need to purchase tickets for the ceremony?

No, seating is on a first come, first served basis.

Attendee: What time should I arrive?

Seating is on a first come, first served basis and generally fills up relatively quickly. 

In order to get "good" seating it is best to arrive 45 to 30 minutes before the ceremony begins. 

Winter: Lawlor Events Center opens doors at 7:00 a.m.

Spring: Seating for the AM ceremonies opens at 6:30 a.m. and seating for the PM ceremony opens at 3:30 p.m. 

Taping off and/or reserving chairs the night before is not allowed and will be removed early in the morning. 

Graduate: What time should I arrive?

AM Ceremony:  It is recommended that you arrive between 7:30-7:45 a.m.  Arriving at this time will assure that you have enough time to find the location of your college and line-up for the procession. Please note that there is no specific order for lining up.  As long as you are two abreast you can stand next to friends in the same college. 

PM Ceremony: It is recommended that you arrive between 4:15-4:30 p.m.  Arriving at this time will assure that you have enough time to find the location of your college and line-up for the procession. Again, there is no specific order for lining up.  As long as you are two abreast you can stand next to friends in the same college. 

 

Graduate: Where do I find my college for line-up?

Winter Ceremony:  All graduates should enter through the Ticket Office Entrance and they will be directed to their College line-up location.

Spring Ceremony:  Bachelor's degree college line-ups will take place on the north side of the Quadrangle (near Mackay Mines) and Graduate degree college line-ups will take place on the south side of the Quadrangle (near Morrill Hall). Flags with the college name will be placed where the line begins. Student Ambassadors will be spread out around the quad to help graduates find their line. Check-in will be on the Pennington Student Achievement Center patio for those students needing their reader cards or need help finding their college line-up location.

I want to know where my son/daughter is sitting so I can see them when they walk.

Graduate location is dependent on the college which he/she is graduating from. It is a double processional when graduates cross the stage and there is no way to know which side of the stage your graduate will be walking on.  More information on college location will be available as the ceremony approaches.

When will my son/daughter be walking across the stage?

All graduates will be called across the stage individually. Doctoral candidates will be hooded first, followed by Master's graduates and then Bachelor's graduates. Because students are not lined up in any particular order other than college, a time for when a particular student will be crossing the stage is impossible to determine.  All we can tell you is that the AM ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 8:15 a.m. and are generally over by approximately 11:00 a.m.  The PM ceremony is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. and is generally over by approximately 7:30 p.m.

Where is the disabled seating for the public/attendees located?

This area is on a first come, first served basis.  Reservations are not required. One attendant per person.

Winter: Guests requiring special accommodations may sit in the area located on the upper concourse around the arena. 

Spring: Guests requiring special accommodations may sit in the designated area on the west side of the Quad.

My grandfather needs to sit in the disabled seating section. Can my family sit with him?

Because the disabled seating area is on a first come, first served basis and we need to try to accommodate as many disabled individuals as we can, only ONE of your family members may sit with them (i.e. one attendant per person).

Where can the hearing impaired sit and is there interpretation provided for them?

Interpreters for the deaf will be present at the ceremony. This seating is clearly marked and anyone who has a hearing impairment is welcome to sit in this area. Seating in this area is on a first come, first served basis. Please follow the signs or ask a Student Ambassador for the location of the designated seating. Captioning is also available on personal handheld devices by using the QR code or the link in the program. In addition, captioning and a live stream of the ceremony will be played at the Theatre in the Joe Crowley Student Union and on all tvs inside the Joe.

Where can I purchase Commencement Announcements?

Non-custom graduation announcements can be bought in-store or purchased online at the Nevada Wolf Shop. The Nevada Wolf Shop also offers custom announcements from CB Grad and Jostens. To view style options please click the following links: CB Grad, Jostens.

Where can I purchase a gift for my graduate?

Nevada graduation gifts are available at the Nevada Wolf Shop. The bookstore will be open beginning at 7:00 a.m. the morning of commencement. If you are from out of state you can have items shipped to you prior to coming to the ceremony by visiting the Nevada Wolf Shop website. On the day of the ceremony, there will be a Wolf Shop table where you can buy a limited number of gifts, located in the Lawlor Events Center for the Winter ceremony and near the Quadrangle for Spring Ceremonies.

Can I buy flowers or other gifts for my graduate at the ceremony?

The Nevada Wolf Shop trailer located near the quad will be selling alumni paraphernalia, graduation caps/tassels, leis, etc. while supplies last. 

Where can I buy coffee/water/snacks/etc. at the ceremony?

Water, coffee and food will be available for purchase during the ceremonies.

Winter: Food and drink sales will be available within the Lawlor Events Center.

Spring: A coffee cart will be located on the northeast side of the Thompson Building. There will also be water for sale at the Northwest and Southwest corners of the Quad.  Please note that for graduates only there will be bottled water available inside the gates and following the procession.

Where do I park?

All parking accommodations will be clearly marked and include the Whalen Parking Complex (attached to the Fitzgerald Student Services Building), and the West Stadium Parking Complex. Parking on side streets near the event is done at your own risk as many of those parking options require private parking permits.   

Where do I park if I have a disabled family member?

General disabled parking spaces are located in both of the parking complexes and will be available during graduation.

Winter: Disabled parking will be available on the 1st and 2nd floors of the West Stadium Parking Complex.

Spring: There will be a number of "shuttles" to transport guests to and from the parking garages and the Quadrangle. If you need further assistance, there is a special drop off area for limited mobile guests near Morrill Hall, on the south side of the Quadrangle.  Here, you may drop off the disabled member of the family along with one other individual. This can be accessed by taking Virginia St. to 9th St. and turning left at the entrance to the University marked by the University sigma. Ushers will be available to provide a wheelchair escort upon request.

Is there an airport shuttle available to take my family to the University for the Ceremony?

No. If you are staying in one of the downtown casinos (i.e. Circus Circus, Silver Legacy, Eldorado etc.), these casinos generally do have an airport shuttle available to transport family from the airport to the hotel. From the hotel, they may then take the Sierra Spirit public transport up to campus for the event for 25 cents each way.

Where should I find hotel accommodations?

The University does not recommend any one hotel accommodation for special events.  There are several downtown casinos which are located near campus.  From downtown, the Sierra Spirit can transport guests to the University Area for 25 cents each way.  

Why isn’t my name in the commencement program or Sagebrush?

Students requesting that directory information not be released will not be listed in the program. Also, students who have not fulfilled all of their graduation requirements by the end of the spring semester but are "walking through" the ceremony are not listed. Their name will be listed in the commencement program when their requirements have been fulfilled.  Graduates who applied after the deadline may not be listed. Grads who changed their grad status (completion date, etc.) are excluded.

What is a reader card and how do I get one?

Reader cards are the cards that are handed to the announcers to read as you walk across the stage.

Your reader card includes your name, college, and any honors that you have achieved. Bachelor's and Master's degree recipients who RSVP'd to the ceremony by November 6th will be mailed their reader card the last week of  November.  If you did not receive your reader card in the mail, you can pick one up December 5 & 6 at the Admissions & Records front counter or the morning of the ceremony inside the Lawlor Ticket Office Entrance.

It is very important to bring this card to the ceremony. Doctoral candidates will receive their reader card the day of the ceremony.

Do not write or mark anything on your card. Any handwritten items will not be read. In order to ensure your card is sent to the correct address with the correct name, please make edits in MyNevada by November 6th.

If something on my reader card is incorrect, requires changes, or my card is misplaced what do I do?

Contact graduation@unr.edu immediately, or visit the Admissions and Records office on the 2nd floor of the Fitzgerald Student Services Building the Monday and Tuesday just prior to the ceremony.

Any card changes must be made through the Admissions and Records office. If you lose, misplace, or forget your card the day of the ceremony, there will be a table located near the Graduate line-up area before each ceremony where you may obtain a new reader card. Cards will be in alphabetical order by last name.

Why doesn’t my reader card state I am graduating with a Latin Title?

Academic recognition is based upon the completion of all credit and GPA requirements the semester before the ceremony.  Only students who meet requirements at the conclusion of their last semester will qualify for academic recognition on the academic transcript and diploma. Announcers will only read handwritten honors notations if verified by the Graduation Coordinator.

The requirements for recognition include a combination of GPA attainment and graded credits earned overall at the University. The grade point average requirements used reflect both the University of Nevada, Reno cumulative GPA as well as the overall grade point average required for all coursework.  Cum Laude represents the top 10% of a college's graduating class; Magna Cum Laude represents the top 5%; and Summa Cum Laude represents the top 1%.  Students must earn 60 letter-graded credits from the University of Nevada, Reno and 90 letter-graded credits overall.  32 credits must be earned in upper-division residence.  Honors students should see Honors Program. The Graduation Coordinator will be available at check-in for honors questions.

How can I order a picture of my graduate receiving their diploma on stage?

GradImages is the official photographer of the Commencement Ceremonies. As a service to students and their parents, GradImages will take color photographs of each graduate during the ceremony. The photos will be available to view and order by visiting the Grad Images website.

As a faculty member, may I walk with my students or do I have to walk with the faculty?

Faculty may walk with the faculty or with their students. Whichever they choose, they are encouraged to congratulate graduates after the student exits the stage.

Will there be restrooms available?

Restrooms are available west of Ross, west of the Scrugham Engineering and Mines building (public) and east of the Mackay Science building (graduates only).

Do I receive my diploma at graduation ceremonies?

No. During commencement ceremonies you will receive a scroll. Diplomas will be mailed to the address on record approximately 6-8 weeks after grades have been posted.

Graduation

When and how do I apply for graduation?

Students who are in good academic standing and have at least 108 units, including in-progress units, are eligible to submit an application for graduation in MyNEVADA during the application period.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an academic advisor to review their Academic Advising Report prior to submitting an application for graduation. Visit MyNEVADA Online Help for guidance on accessing and reading the report.

The graduation application period for each term opens when registration for that term opens. Eligible students must submit graduation applications in MyNEVADA by:

  • March 1st for Spring,
  • June 1st for Summer,
  • October 1st for Fall.

To apply for graduation, select the "My Degree Progress/Graduation" link in MyNEVADA, and then the "Apply for Graduation" link. Students with a graduation application on file will not be assigned an enrollment appointment for future terms.

Students who will be completing multiple majors/degrees in the same term, may be required to submit multiple applications.  Go back to the first page and repeat application process for each major/degree.

How much is the application fee and when is it due?

A non-refundable fee of $75 will be charged to your account in the Student Center in MyNEVADA after your graduation application has been received. The fee will display in self-service with your other fees for the term.  The fee is due the Friday prior to the start of the term or 3-5 days after the application was submitted if the term has already started.

Neither official transcripts nor diplomas will be mailed for students who have an outstanding balance at the University.

How do I know the application has been received?

You will receive a letter acknowledging receipt of your application in MyNEVADA. And your graduation status on your Academic Advising Report (AAR) will be updated from “Applied” to either “Needs to Finish Pending Work” or “Program in Review” no more than 5 business days after you submit your application.

Approximately 5 working days after you submit your application, a graduation checklist will be added to your record in MyNEVADA. Access the “After Submitting My Graduation Application” file in MyNEVADA Online Help.

When will my graduation status be updated on my Academic Advising Report (AAR)?

Graduation applications are reviewed in the Office of Admissions and Records as they are received. No more than 5 business days after you submit your graduation application, your graduation status will be updated from “Applied” to either “Needs to Finish Pending Work” or “Program in Review”.

Click the “Expected Grad Term” hyperlink near the top left of your AAR for definitions of these terms.

See the “After Submitting My Graduation Application” page in MyNEVADA Online Help for more information.

How can I be sure I will graduate at the end of the term?

Your degree will be posted at the end of the term if you successfully complete all of the requirements on your Academic Advising Report (AAR) by the last day of the term.

Meet with your advisor to discuss any unsatisfied requirements as soon as possible. Your advisor may access and review your AAR and see notes regarding deficiencies in MyNEVADA. You must work with your advisor to reconcile any deficiencies by the deadlines listed below.

  • November 1st for Fall graduation applicants
  • April 1st for Spring graduation applicants
  • August 1st for Summer graduation applicants

If you have deficiencies that cannot be resolved until the end of the term, your advisor must send documentation showing how the deficiencies will be resolved to the Office of Admissions and Records prior to the reconciliation dates above. Students with a graduation application on file will not be assigned an enrollment appointment for future terms.

If you and your advisor decide that you cannot complete all requirements by the end of the term, address a request to withdraw your graduation application to graduation@unr.edu. Be sure to include your full name and date of birth in your request.

Students with a graduation application on file will not be assigned an enrollment appointment for future terms.

May I submit a graduation application for a term in which I will be taking course(s) at another institution?

Yes, but you must submit an official transcript including the course(s) at the beginning of the semester and an official transcript including final grade(s) within 10 days of the end of the term.

Is it a big deal if just one of the requirements on my Academic Advising Report (AAR) says "Not Satisfied"?

Your degree will be posted at the end of the term ONLY if you successfully complete ALL of the requirements on your Academic Advising Report (AAR) by the last day of the term.

So, if there is one unsatisfied requirement on your AAR, it is a big deal. See your advisor to resolve the problem early in the semester.

If you and your advisor decide that you cannot complete all requirements by the end of the term, address a request to withdraw your graduation application to graduation@unr.edu. Be sure to include your full name and date of birth in your request.

Students with a graduation application on file will not be assigned an enrollment appointment for future terms.

Since I submitted an application for graduation, I have learned that I am not going to finish my graduation requirements this semester. How do I withdraw my graduation application?

If you withdraw your graduation application before the application deadline, you may use the Undergraduate Graduation Date Change Form. The Office of Admissions and Records will move your graduation application to the term specified on the form. NOTE: This option is available ONLY if the form is received prior to the application deadline for the original graduation term. Students may exercise the option to move their graduation application from one term to another only once.

To withdraw your graduation application after the application deadline, address your request to graduation@unr.edu. Be sure to include your full name and date of birth in your request.  Please note you will be charged a non-refundable graduation application fee each time you submit a graduation application.

Students with a graduation application on file will not be assigned an enrollment appointment for future terms.

I have two majors/degrees, can I apply to graduate for both?

Yes, you may apply to graduate in all degrees/majors in which you are currently active in MyNEVADA.  Please see MyNEVADA help for instructions.

Do I have to pay twice if I am a double major/dual degree?

You pay a single non-refundable graduation fee of $75 if you complete more than one degree/major in a single term.

I have two majors, can I apply to graduate with one now and finish the other later?

Yes, you may earn one baccalaureate degree and apply to return to the University as a second bachelor's student to complete the second. But you are VERY strongly encouraged to first review the catalog copy on MULTIPLE MAJORS and MULTIPLE DEGREES, and then meet with your academic advisor to discuss the best option for you.

If you submit an application for graduation for some but not all of your active degree/major plans, you will be DISCONTINUED in the plans that are not referenced in your application if you have not submitted an application for admission to those plans as a second bachelor's student by:

  • March 15th for Spring
  • July 15th for Summer
  • October 15th for Fall

How do I get information about the graduation ceremony?

Visit University Commencement for updated information on the commencement ceremony.

Will both my major and minor appear on my diploma?

Your degree title and major(s) will appear on your diploma. Your MINOR WILL NOT be included on your diploma, but it will be listed on your transcript.

Where will my diploma be mailed?

Your diploma will be mailed to the mailing address you have entered in MyNEVADA. You may update this information in MyNEVADA or by submitting a Change of Address form.

Always keep the address information in MyNEVADA current.

If your diploma has not been received 6 weeks after the term has ended, contact graduation@unr.edu

Is my grade point average high enough to receive recognition at commencement?

The top 10% of undergraduates from each college receive academic recognition. 

The calculation is based on the grade point averages earned by the graduating classes for the previous two academic years.  Because the graduation ceremony occurs before grades are final for the term, the academic recognition values listed in the graduation program and announced at the commencement ceremony are based on each student's grade point averages for the prior term.  Final grades are included in the calculation of the recognition values that appear on the diploma and transcript and may differ from what was previously announced.

Refer to the Academic Recognition section of the General Catalog for more detail on the policy.

When will my degree be posted on my transcript?

If you were enrolled in coursework at another institution during your graduation term, an official transcript including final grades for that work must be received in the Office of Admissions and Records before your degree will be posted. Transcripts are due no later than 10 business days after the term ends. Your degree will posted within 10 days of processing transfer work.

If you were enrolled only at Nevada for your graduation term, your graduation status was "Needs to Finish Pending Work" at the end of the semester, and you successfully completed all of the coursework in which you were enrolled for that term, your degree will be posted 5-7 business days after the term ends.

If your graduation status was "Program in Review" at the end of the semester, and you completed all outstanding graduation requirements by the last day of the term, your degree will be posted no more than 15 business days after the term ends.

As soon as your degree has been posted, you may order official transcripts. The conferral date on your transcript will be the day after grades are due for the term.

Neither official transcripts nor diplomas will be mailed for students who have an outstanding balance at the University.

When will I receive my diploma?

Your "To Do List" will be updated from "Degree Posted" to "Diploma Mailed" when your diploma has been sent to the Post Office.

Diplomas are generally mailed 2-4 weeks after your degree has been posted on your transcript. The transcript is the document of record for employment and educational purposes.

As soon as your degree has been posted, you may order official transcripts. See "When will my degree be posted on my transcript?" above.

Neither official transcripts nor diplomas will be mailed for students who have an outstanding balance at the University.

May I participate in a graduation ceremony before I apply to graduate?

Students who are within 12 units of completing their graduation requirements and in good academic standing, may submit an Application to Participate in a Commencement Ceremony Prior to Your Official Graduation Term form. 

The graduation program includes the names of graduation applicants only.  The names of participants are not included. 

Will my name be included in the graduation program?

Your name will be included in the graduation program if:

  • You submitted your graduation application by the application deadline.
  • You have not restricted release of directory information in MyNEVADA.

The graduation program includes the names of graduation applicants only.  The names of participants are not included. 

Where do I order my cap and gown?

Visit Nevada Wolf Shop: Graduation (ASUN Bookstore) to order your graduation attire, announcements, etc.

I have another question, who can help?

Address your graduation questions to graduation@unr.edu.

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