Checklist for graduates

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.

  • 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

    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, 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 reader card is sent to the correct address with the correct name, please make edits in MyNevada by April 6, 2020.

  • Step 3: RSVP for the graduation ceremony

    The RSVP link will be emailed to all graduates the beginning of March.  Please make sure to RSVP for the ceremony by April 6, 2020.  If you did not receive the email by March 28, please contact After the April 6 deadline, students graduating with their Bachelor's or Master's degree, who have responded positively, 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, May 11 & 12, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 5p.m.  Reader cards will also be available for pick-up the morning of the ceremony.

  • Step 4: Rent commencement attire 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 March 10, 2020. All Bachelor's and Master's attire are purchased and yours to keep. You do not need to return the gowns.

    The Graduation Fair will take place on March 10 & 11, 2020 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 purchase gowns and get discounts on class rings, graduation announcements, diploma frames, and more. A professional photographer, GradImages, will be available for headshots. Custom fitted gowns for Doctoral and Master's students can be ordered and purchased from the Nevada Wolf Shop.

  • 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: 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 enter your last name and year of graduation.  They can be contacted directly at (850) 907-2740.

  • Step 8: Complete the Outcomes Survey and receive 20% off at 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.

  • Step 10: Prepare for graduation day

    On the day of your ceremony, proceed to your college's designated lineup area. Bring your pre-printed reader card with you. Do not bring personal belongings to the line-up locations or 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 Winter or Spring ceremonies page.