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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 Winter Graduation is October 1st. 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 name 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 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 in MyNevada. Your degree name is the name that will be used for the program, your name 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.

  3. RSVP for the Commencement Ceremony
    All graduation applicants must RSVP for the ceremony by November 6th. Please RSVP for the commencement ceremony by clicking on the RSVP link in the Commencement Ceremony Supplemental Information email sent at the beginning of October. If you did not receive the email, please contact After the November 6th 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.

  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 six-week period before Commencement, starting on October 28th, 2015. All gowns must be returned by December 11th, 2015. Caps and tassels are yours to keep.

    The Graduation Fair will take place on October 28-29th, 2015 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.

  5. Order Graduation Announcements
    Non-custom graduation announcements can be bought in-store at the Nevada Wolf Shop or purchased online. 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 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 entitled "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.

  8. Prepare for The Big Day
    On the day of your ceremony, proceed to your college's designated lineup area at Lawlor Events Center. Bring your personal name card with you. It is best to leave personal items such as purses and coats with your family and friends. For details regarding the ceremony, please check out this important information (Event Schedule).

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