Media Advisories

Media information for December 2018 Commencement ceremonies

University of Nevada, Reno to award more than 1,800 degrees at two ceremonies this Saturday

Media Statements

10/29/2018  |  12:00 PM Mourning the loss of lives at The Living Tree Synagogue

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

2/26/2018  |  1:00 PM University of Nevada, Reno statement on civic and community engagement

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

11/29/2017  |  1:00 PM Statement from University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson on the passing of Joe Crowley

"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.

The University community mourns the loss of President Joe Crowley July 9, 1933-Nov. 28, 2017 "Just call me Joe"

"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