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May 7, 2013
By Natalie Savidge
The University of Nevada, Reno's spring Commencement will confer 2,168 degrees and certificates. There will be three ceremonies, one for advanced-degree recipients on Friday afternoon, May 17, and two for bachelor-degree recipients on the mornings of Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18. All three ceremonies will be held on the University's historic Quadrangle, located on the southern part of campus.
Academic programs participating in the first undergraduate ceremony, on Friday, May 17, will be the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Education and Division of Health Sciences.
On Saturday, May 18, the second undergraduate ceremony will include academic programs of the Reynolds School of Journalism, College of Liberal Arts and College of Science.
Both undergraduate ceremonies will have the same format: graduate check in will begin at 7:15 a.m. on the Jot Travis Lawn., and the ceremony procession will begin at 8:15 a.m. Students receiving dual degrees are welcome to attend both baccalaureate ceremonies.
The advanced degree ceremony, for master's and doctoral degrees awarded by all colleges, will be Friday, May 17, with line-up at 4:45 p.m. The approximately one-hour-long ceremony includes the presentation of the Distinguished Nevadan awards.
Free public parking is available in the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex and the West Stadium Parking Complex, both accessible off Virginia Street. The Nevada Wolf Shop inside the Joe Crowley Student Union will be open from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17 and 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.
During the University's Commencement ceremonies this year, 1,606 bachelor degrees and 562 advanced-degree certificates (master's and doctoral degrees and education specialist certificates), will be awarded. The University awarded 2,215 for the spring 2012 and 2,012 for the spring 2011 ceremony.
The University changed from one to two undergraduate ceremonies to better accommodate the dramatically larger crowds that have resulted from increased enrollment and improving graduation rates. The decision to host an additional undergraduate ceremony follows considerable input from faculty, staff, students and guests at these events.
There is no plan to change the format of December's Winter Commencement.
For additional information, please visit University Commencement.
For directions and a campus map, visit Campus Tour.