University of Nevada, Reno to award more than 1,800 degrees at two ceremonies this Saturday
The University of Nevada, Reno invites media to two December Commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 8, at Lawlor Events Center.
The University’s December Commencement includes August and December graduates and will confer 1,864 degrees and certificates: 1,466 bachelor’s degrees and 398 advanced degrees (master’s and doctoral degrees).
- Two ceremonies: Due to the increased number of graduates at the University’s December Commencement, the University will again offer two separate ceremonies in order to better accommodate graduates and their families Saturday, Dec. 8, at Lawlor Events Center. Processional times are as follows:
- Morning ceremony: Graduate line-up is at 7:30 a.m., the procession begins at 8 a.m. and the ceremony begins at 8:15 a.m. The morning ceremony will include graduates from the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources; Community Health Sciences; Division of Health Sciences (Social Work); School of Medicine (Speech Pathology); College of Education; College of Engineering; Orvis School of Nursing and the College of Science.
- Afternoon ceremony: Graduate line-up is at 12:30 p.m., the procession begins at 1 p.m. and the ceremony begins at 1:15 p.m. The afternoon ceremony will include graduates from the College of Business, College of Liberal Arts and the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism.
- Keynote speaker: Nevada State Supreme Court Justice James W. Hardesty, president of The Associated Students of the University of Nevada in 1969/1970 and graduate of the Class of 1970, will give the keynote address at both ceremonies.
- Weather: Event organizers will alert graduates should the start times be delayed due to inclement weather. In the case of severe weather, Commencement could be postponed to Sunday, Dec. 9. Updates will be available at unr.edu.
- Security: Guests are asked not to bring any items into the event that cannot be searched. Wrapped gifts are one example of this. Glass and reusable bottles and coffee mugs, such as Hydro Flasks, will also not be allowed inside the venue. Only disposable, sealed plastic water bottles are allowed. Concession stands will be open.
- Media check-in: Media MUST check-in to receive the appropriate credentials for accessing the event. The media check-in table will be located in the upper concourse near section 18. Media will be asked to clearly display these credentials throughout the ceremony. They may also be asked to show credentials or a letter of assignment provided by his/her media outlet.
Media planning to attend can call Natalie Fry at 775-336-9923 or Nicole Shearer at 530-448-6485 if additional assistance is required.
- Parking for media: Media parking is available in clearly-marked areas on the first two floors of the West Stadium Parking Complex, north of Lawlor Events Center.
Public parking is available in the West Stadium Parking Complex, directly north of Lawlor Events Center, as well as in the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex. The 15th Street entrance to campus, off Virginia Street, will be closed.
- Livestream: For those not able to attend the ceremony, a livestream of the event will be available once the ceremony begins at edu/live.
University graduates and their families are encouraged to join the commencement conversations online by using the hashtag #PackPride.
Find out more about the University of Nevada, Reno’s 2018 Winter Commencement.
To the University of Nevada, Reno community: As we mourn the loss of lives at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, we express our sorrow and outrage at senseless violence directed toward people of one religion. But what can we do about it?
First, be watchful and aware of friends and colleagues most affected by fear and emotion related to this incident; let them know your personal support of them and encourage counseling, if appropriate.
Second, use the opportunity offered by this university to study and work with people of many different backgrounds; listen and seek to understand what is important to them and seek value in their ideas and contributions.
Third, provide leadership for inclusion throughout your lives; each of us, as citizens and colleagues shape our culture.
- President Marc A. Johnson
On Wednesday, March 14, a national school walkout is scheduled to be held as a protest to congressional inaction regarding gun violence. We wish to stress that as an institution, there will be no negative fallout for students who participate in peaceful and lawful events such as this one, nor will it adversely affect high school admissions to our University. Classes will run on a regular schedule March 14.
The University of Nevada, Reno has long stressed a model of civic and community engagement for our students. We firmly believe that students who work to make a difference in the civic life of our communities develop knowledge, skills and values that will serve them well throughout their lives, and will help them become more engaged and productive citizens.
We support our current and future students' active participation in our democracy. We acknowledge their right to stand up in the expression of their beliefs.
- President Marc A. Johnson
"Joe Crowley will be remembered as one of the finest presidents in the history of our University. He will be spoken about in the same breath as some of our most influential figures in the history of Nevada. Today we mourn his loss, we remember his legacy, and we offer sincere condolences to Joe's wife Joy, and the entire Crowley family.
"At a time of tumult when he first became president, he re-established a sense of order on our campus and created a stronger sense of statewide respect for our institution. Moving throughout his historic 23-year tenure as our leader, Joe served with distinction, skill and integrity. He built the University into what it is today. He did so with a rare sense of personal grace that endeared him to an entire generation of students, faculty and staff at the University, and made him a beloved figure in our community and our state.
"He used to always say, ‘Just call me Joe.'
"Today, hoping that Joe doesn't mind the superlatives, we remember him for being a faithful steward of the promise that is our University, from his time as a professor and throughout his days as our president. His dedication and devotion toward the students of the University of Nevada, Reno will live on in the legacy of his work, and, as well, in the union that bears his name where students will continue to gather for generations to come."
- Marc Johnson, President, University of Nevada, Reno