Thursday, Friday and Saturday Commencement ceremonies at the University
The University of Nevada, Reno's 128th Commencement will confer 3,137 degrees, the largest amount of degrees conferred in one semester. The commencement exercises will take place over four ceremonies in three days - Thursday, May 17; Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 - and will be on the University's historic Quad or, in case of inclement weather, at Lawlor Events Center. Each ceremony focuses on particular colleges, and both undergraduate and graduate degrees for each of those colleges will be granted.
WHO: More than 3,000 graduates will celebrate during 2018 Spring Commencement Ceremonies.
The Herz Gold Medal for Outstanding Scholarship will be awarded to Allison Monterey Blair, anthropology and English dual-major with minors in historic preservation and museum studies, during Saturday morning's ceremony. Friday afternoon, John Farahi and Stacie Mathewson will be honored with Honorary Degrees and John Kenneth Creighton will be awarded the President's Medal, which was introduced at the inauguration of President Joseph Crowley in 1979. Also, on Friday afternoon, Frank McCulloch and Joyce Anderson Bock will be honored as Distinguished Nevadans. The Distinguished Nevadan represents the most prestigious award conferred by the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education.
New this year is the Paul and Judy Bible University Teaching Excellence Award. The award will be given to Candice Bauer, College of Engineering faculty member, during Thursday evening's ceremony.
WHAT: The commencement exercises take place in four ceremonies. Each ceremony focuses on particular colleges and confers both undergraduate and graduates degrees for each of those colleges. Students receiving dual degrees may participate in more than one ceremony.
Given the increased traffic around Commencement Ceremonies, the University encourages the public to arrive early and allow extra time to park.
For safety and security at the event, anyone attending Commencement is asked not to bring large backpacks and coolers. Items that may block someone's line of sight, like balloons and signage, will also not be allowed at the event.
• 5 p.m. Thursday, May 17: College of Engineering, Orvis School of Nursing and College of Science
• 8 a.m. Friday, May 18: College of Business, School of Community Health Sciences, Division of Health Sciences (Social Work) and School of Medicine (Speech Pathology)
• 5 p.m. Friday, May 18: College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources and College of Education
• 8 a.m. Saturday, May 19: College of Liberal Arts and Reynolds School of Journalism
WHERE: The University of Nevada, Reno's historic Quadrangle. In case of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be held at Lawlor Events Center.
General parking: Due to the increased traffic seen around Commencement ceremonies, the public is strongly encouraged to allow extra time and arrive early. Free public parking is available in the West Stadium Parking Complex and the Blue and Green surface lots. Shuttles will be available and will start running two hours before each ceremony begins. Parking for people with disabilities will be available in the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex. Shuttles will be available to transport guests with disabilities to the ceremony location. Attendees are asked to follow directional signage from Virginia Street.
A mobile-friendly live-stream of all four ceremonies will be available at unr.edu/live. Closed captioning on mobile devices and unr.edu/live for the hearing impaired will also be available and can be accessed through a QR code provided at the event.
MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA:
• Media badges and event access: Media must check in at the media table to receive a press pass for complete access to the event. The media table will be located on the west side of the Jones Center. (In case of inclement weather, the media table will be located in the upper concourse of Lawlor Events Center near section 18.)
• Media interested in covering the event early: Rehearsal will be held at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, May 17. Media interested in speaking with University administration about this year's events are invited to attend. Spokespersons will be available following rehearsal, around 9 a.m.
• Parking for media: Limited media parking will be available in an area adjacent to the Quad. Please park in the lot south of the Jones Center (Silver 1 zone) and display your media ID or be in a marked vehicle. Overflow parking for media will be in the North Center and Ninth Street parking lot (marked as Silver 6 zone). In case of inclement weather, media parking will be clearly marked on the first two floors of the West Stadium Parking Complex, north of Lawlor Events Center.
• Media in need of additional assistance should contact Natalie Fry, 775-336-9923, or Nicole Shearer, 530-448-6485. Photos, video and additional information are available via the University's online Commencement News & Events page.
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