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.

Steps to take before graduating

  • Step 1: Check your degree requirements are completed and apply for graduation

    Every candidate for a degree must formally apply for graduation through MyNevada and pay the non-refundable application fee of $95. The deadline to apply for Spring Graduation is March 1, Summer Graduation is June 1and Fall Graduation is October 1. The graduation application is good for one semester only.

    To submit an application for undergraduate or graduate student graduation, log in to MyNevada and select the Academic Records tile. Select Apply for Graduation from the menu and follow the steps.

    • Make sure and select the term you will be finishing all requirements for your degree.
    • Confirm that the requirements for your degree have been satisfied. Undergraduate students must complete all of the requirements on your Academic Advising Report (AAR) by the last day of the term.
    • Contact your Academic Advisor if you have any questions regarding your AAR. All graduate students please refer to your Program of Study.
  • Step 2: Update your address and degree name in MyNEVADA

    To ensure your diploma is sent to the correct address, it is very imporant your mailing address in MyNEVADA is up to date. To update your mailing address, log in to MyNEVADA, select the Personal Information tile and then select 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 select the Personal Information tile then select Personal Details from the menu option. 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 graduate slide reflects your correct name, please make edits in MyNEVADA by April 6, 2021.

  • Step 3: Submit ceremony RSVP by April 16, 2021

    An RSVP is required to attend the in-person ceremony at Mackay Stadium, May 12-15, 2021. Graduates must RSVP by Friday, April 16, 2021. Graduates will need to RSVP via MarchingOrder using their preferred email address.

  • Step 4: Rent commencement attire

    Caps and gowns may be obtained from the Nevada Wolf Shop in the Joe Crowley Student Union. They will be available for online purchase March 1 – April 21, 2021 and in-store purchase from March 15 – May 15.  All bachelor's and master's attire are purchased and yours to keep. You do not need to return the gowns.

  • Step 5: Order 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, Jostens.

  • Step 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 select the Student Center - classic tile. If there are no holds on your record, it will read "No Holds" underneath the Holds section.

  • Step 7: Complete the First Destination Survey

    Complete the First Destination Survey to share your plans for after graduation, including work, graduate school or travel. Check your email for the survey link or access it via an online survey. 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.

  • Step 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, search for "UNR" and enter your last name and year of graduation. They can be contacted directly at (850) 907-2740.

  • Step 9: Download your GradPass and claim your tickets

    Graduates will be issued a GradPass. The GradPass is your electronic ticket into the event and will be used to announce your name when you cross the stage. Each GradPass contains a unique QR code.

    Starting May 3rd, you can claim your tickets. Each graduate is allotted four guest tickets for their ceremony. You will receive an email from graduationservices@unr.edu with a link and personalized code.  When you enter your personalized code, you will be able to select four seats together in one group or two seats together in two groups. Seat selection is on a first come first serve basis. There is enough seating in the stadium to accommodate four guests for every graduate.

    When you “purchase” your tickets you will be asked to login to Nevada Tickets with a current account or create a new account. There will be no charge for the tickets; however, you cannot checkout until you have selected four seats. Once you have been issued the tickets you will then be able to transfer them to your guests by entering their mobile number or email address. It is very important that you transfer the tickets to your guests as you will not be entering the stadium at the same location. Your guest will login to their account, or create one if needed, and accept the tickets. Tickets can be added to their Apple Wallet or Google Pay Wallet for easy access. We recommend each guest download the tickets or add to their Apple/Google Pay Wallet as there is no Wi-Fi available at the stadium.

  • Step 10: Prepare for graduation day

    The Spring 2021 Commencement ceremonies will be held between May 12 and May 15, 2021. For details regarding the ceremony, please visit the Spring Commencement page.