Spring 2021 Commencement FAQ

Get answers to all your questions about the Spring Commencement ceremony or what you need to do to graduate.

FAQ for graduating students

General Spring 2021 Commencement FAQ

  • Does each guest require a ticket for entry into Mackay Stadium?

    Yes, tickets will be required to enter into Mackay Stadium. Children under two (2) years of age, not occupying a seat, may be permitted into the ceremony. Any child under two (2) years old must be seated on the ticket holder’s lap during the event. Please be prepared to show photo ID. Children over two (2) years old will require their own ticket and seat.

  • How do I get my tickets?

    Tickets are required for the event. Please reference the email sent to you on April 29 from UNR Commencement for more information regarding your GradPass and guest tickets. Graduating students will need to transfer guest tickets to their guests.

    Each graduate will have a specific check-in time listed on their GradPass. Guests will also have a specifc entry time and gate location on their guest ticket. 

  • Can we have more than four (4) tickets?

    No, regretfully we must limit all degree candidates to a maximum of four guests. The University must account for every person who attends the ceremony in the stadium.

  • Will the ceremonies be streamed for those who can't attend in-person?

    For family members and friends who cannot attend Spring Commencement this year, you have options to watch the ceremonies live from a mobile device or on TV. Tune in or log on to watch during the scheduled ceremony times.


    • Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 12-14: Nevada Sports Net (NSN)
    • Saturday, May 15: KRXI FOX 11 News

    A virtual ceremony is also planned for all 2021 graduates and is available starting 10 a.m., May 14, 2021. The virtual ceremony is pre-recorded and can be viewed through the month of May 2021.

  • What if I require ADA accommodations?

    Accessible seating and tickets

    Graduates will obtain tickets on behalf of their four guests.  If any of their guests have limited mobility or a disability requiring seating accommodation, all four guests will sit together in accessible seating. When selecting tickets, graduates will select the “Accessible Seating” link to choose tickets in the designated ADA sections throughout the stadium. Available ADA seats will be displayed with white access symbol inside a blue circle. Once tickets are selected, graduates may transfer the tickets to their guests. 

    Accessible parking and entrances

    ADA parking is available on a first come, first served basis, on the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors of West Stadium Parking Garage, located on North Virginia Street. A state-issued, accessible parking license plate or hangtag is required to park in this area. Gate 1 is primarily used for seats located on field level or south end zone. Loge-West area seats will use the bridge from the 5th floor of West Stadium Parking Garage. Gate 1 is accessed via West Stadium Way. No ADA seating access available at Gate 5 (Jensen Plaza).

    Wheelchair ushers are available from the 3rd and 5th floor West Stadium Parking Garage. Guests using this service will be provided transport to their seating area and then transfer to their seat for the ceremony. Return service to the garage is available once the crowd disperses. Guests will be provided instructions on how to request this service at the time of drop off. Due to the number of guests requesting this service, there may be a wait both to and from the stadium. 


    Captioning will be provided on the video screens throughout the stadium. Live streaming and captioning are also available on personal hand-held devices at www.unr.edu/live during the ceremony. Connection speeds may vary within the stadium. 

    If you have further questions regarding guest special accommodations, please email commencement@unr.edu

  • Where do I park for the ceremony?

    Parking will be available in the West Stadium Parking Garage as well as the North parking lots. ADA parking will be available in both the North parking lots as well as the 3rd, 4th and 5th floor of the West Stadium Parking Garage.

  • What COVID-19 protocols will be in place during the events?

    Face coverings that completely cover the nose and mouth will be required at all times for all graduates and guests in attendance. In addition, all students and guests will be asked to:

    • Maintain six feet of physical distance from other guests that are not members of their household
    • Wash hands frequently
    • Avoid touching your face
    • Remain in assigned seats for the duration of the event
    • Restrooms throughout the facility will be open and available. Limited capacity, mask requirements, and social distancing will be enforced in these areas

  • What happens in the case of inclement weather?

    As part of our emergency preparedness protocols, the University will monitor weather before and during all commencement activities. In the event of extreme conditions ceremonies may be canceled. The ceremonies will be held as scheduled even in challenging weather such as rain or snow.

  • What if a ceremony is canceled?

    Ceremonies will only be canceled in the event of extreme conditions. Cancelled ceremonies will not be rescheduled. The only approved option for large gathering as a result of current COVID-19 public health guidelines is Mackay Stadium. The Virtual Ceremony, beginning May 14, 2021, will serve as the alternative.

  • What can I bring into the ceremony?

    All persons attending commencement are asked to keep all items to a minimum. All articles brought into the facility will be subject to search, and this may delay persons from entering Mackay Stadium. A clear bag policy will be in effect for commencement.

    There are no secure places to store personal items before or during the ceremony. Small personal items such as phones and wallets must be carried in a pocket or a small clear bag held under the gown.

  • Is food allowed in the stadium?

    No food or drinks will be allowed into the stadium. Each guest may bring a factory sealed disposable water bottle. No other bottles, cups, etc. will be allowed in. There will be no food sales. Water will be available for purchase.