Congratulations to the class of 2020!

You did it!

Welcome to the University of Nevada, Reno’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs celebration page. The University is home to seven interdisciplinary programs: Atmospheric Sciences, Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology, Environmental Sciences, Hydrologic Sciences, Integrative Neuroscience, Molecular Biosciences, and Social Psychology.

Theses and dissertations are over and the work has been completed. You’ve achieved one of life’s most important milestones – an advanced degree. This year, the ultimate test wasn’t even in the classroom or lab. Real life called upon you to demonstrate flexibility, creativity and persistence during an unprecedented time of upheaval. With the support of family and friends, you most certainly earned your degree.  

Harness the determination you demonstrated into unshakeable confidence in your drive to succeed, no matter what. The world you enter today needs your talent, your energy and your optimism. Build on this momentum and keep going! We hope to see you next fall or spring to celebrate with you in person. Congratulations!

Join us for the virtual commencement ceremonies

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Spring ceremony 2020

December 5, 2020 at 10 a.m. PST

Mortarboard that reads "From cub to wolf" on the top.

Winter ceremony 2020

December 5, 2020 at 1 p.m. PST

About the Graduate School

More than 150 graduate disciplines The Graduate School offers a combination of campus-based and online options of more than 150 degree, certificate and licensure programs.
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Advanced-degree graduates Of the 3,371 graduate students currently enrolled, nearly 650 students are receiving graduate degrees/certificates this spring, representing 91 programs and every college across the University.
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National Science Fellowship recipients Another successful year for applicants to the NSF Graduate Fellowship Program. Six current graduate students were recently awarded NSF Fellowships and two additional fellows will be joining us in Fall 2020.
A masters graduate in robes at Commencement.
Professional development In collaboration with the Graduate Student Association, the ongoing Professional Development Workshop Series offers helpful insights and resources for students, postdoctoral researchers and faculty.
Recipients of Carnegie R1 status The Graduate School’s enrollment has increased annually the past five years. Consistent annual increases in Ph.D. enrollment contributed to the University’s recent attainment of the Carnegie R1 status.
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The annual Three Minute Thesis competition This fast-paced competition engages the community with research being conducted on campus. Each scholar is given just three minutes and one slide to summarize their research in a compelling presentation.
The stage with six winners of the Three Minute Thesis competition.
Awarded $866,000 in merit-based fellowships and scholarships in 2019 The Graduate School established the Graduate Dean's Fellowship and Merit Scholarship Program and the Raymond H. Berner Graduate School Scholarship Program in Molecular Biosciences.
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GradFIT: A program for success in Graduate School This program helps students from first-gen and historically underrepresented backgrounds with applications, funding, coursework expectations, meetings with faculty and more.
The participants of GradFIT smiling for a photo on the beach at Lake Tahoe.