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 1, Summer Graduation is June 1 and Fall Graduation is October 1. 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 reader 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 mailing 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, NOT your preferred name, in MyNevada. Your degree name is the name that will be used for the program, your reader 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 reader card is sent to the correct address with the correct name, please make edits in MyNevada by November 5th.

3. RSVP for the Commencement Ceremony

The RSVP link will be emailed to all graduates the middle of October.  Please make sure to RSVP for the ceremony by November 5, 2018.  If you did not receive the email by October 26, please contact After the November 5 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. 

If you did not RSVP, you may still attend the ceremony.  Reader cards may be picked up at the Admissions & Records front counter, Monday & Tuesday, December 3 & 4, 2018 from 8 am to 5pm.  Reader cards will also be available for pick-up the morning of the ceremony.

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 nine-week period before Commencement, starting on October 17, 2018. All gowns must be returned by December 14, 2018 or a late fee will be charged. Caps and tassels are yours to keep.
The Graduation Fair will take place on October 17-18, 2018 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 Doctoral and Master's students can be ordered and purchased during the Custom Doctoral and Master Day on October 16, 2018.

5. Order Graduation 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, Jostens.

6. Clear Holds on Your Account

To ensure you receive your diploma once your degree has posted, make sure any financial 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".

7. 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.  Under School/Organization type "University of Nevada - Reno".

8. Complete The Outcomes Survey and get 20% off at the Wolf Shop

Complete The Outcomes Survey to share your plans for after graduation, including work, graduate school or travel. Check your email for the survey link in November or access it via an online survey. When you submit a completed survey, you will receive a printable coupon for a 20% discount at the Wolf Shop. You can change or update your survey answers if your plans change in the coming months.

If you're still thinking about what to do when you graduate, the Career Studio can help. Visit the Career Studio website, or drop by in-person on the second floor of the Pennington Student Achievement Center.

9. Prepare for The Big Day

On the day of your ceremony, proceed to your college's designated lineup area. Bring your pre-printed reader card with you. It is highly recommended that graduate's personal belongings not be brought to the line-up locations or the the arena floor.  For security purposes, there will not be storage available for personal belongings.  It is best to leave personal items such as purses and coats with your family and friends.  For details regarding the ceremony, please visit the Ceremonies page.