Thursday, Friday and Saturday Commencement ceremonies at the University’s historic Quadrangle
The University of Nevada, Reno will confer 2,808 degrees at the 2017 Spring Commencement ceremonies: 2,278 bachelor degrees, 469 advanced-degree certificates (master's and doctoral degrees) and 61 University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine degrees. The University awarded 2,649 degrees last spring and has seen a 50-percent increase in degrees conferred since 2010 due to increased enrollment and improved graduation rates. This spring, the University also celebrates reaching the 100,000-degrees conferred mark.
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.
• Processional times:
o 5 p.m. Thursday, May 18: College of Engineering, Orvis School of Nursing and College of Science
o 8 a.m. Friday, May 19: College of Business and the Division of Health Sciences
o 5 p.m. Friday, May 19: College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources and the College of Education
o 8 a.m. Saturday, May 20: College of Liberal Arts and the Reynolds School of Journalism
• Students receiving dual degrees may participate in more than one ceremony.
• 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. Media in need of additional assistance, please contact Natalie Savidge, 775-336-9923, or Nicole Shearer, 530-448-6485. Photos, video and additional information are available via the University's online Commencement Media Kit page.
• Media interested in covering the event early: Rehearsal will be held at 8 a.m. Thursday, May 18. 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 business card on the dashboard. Overflow parking for media will be in the North Center and Ninth Street parking lot (marked as Silver 6 zone).
• General parking: Due to construction on North Virginia Street and 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 two hours before each ceremony. The Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex will be available for handicap parking. Shuttles will be available to transport disabled guests 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.
• New this year, the University's commencement ceremony will feature two 20-foot-wide by 10-foot-tall screens, flanking both sides of the stage. The purpose of the screens is twofold; give more people the ability to better see what is taking place and provide closed captions of the event to better serve attendees.
• University graduates and their families are encouraged to join the conversation online by using the hashtag #PackPride when posting to social media.
High-achieving students to be recognized at Nevada Scholars Signing Days tomorrow through June 2
Several of the state's highest-achieving students who will graduate from Nevada high schools this spring are choosing to attend the University of Nevada, Reno. The University is partnering with area high schools for Nevada Scholars Signing Days, ceremonies reminiscent of high school athletes' "signing days" to acknowledge the decision of these "best and brightest" scholars to pursue their college degree in Nevada.
The ninth annual signing-day ceremonies kick-off in northern Nevada with an event at the Davidson Academy of Nevada on the University campus. Two National Merit Scholarship Finalists, Michael Bogert and Breanna Kjoll, will be recognized in the signing-day ceremony for their decision. Over the next few weeks, Bogert and Kjoll will be joined by many other students who will "sign" from various Washoe and Lyon County schools at additional events.
WHAT: Ninth annual "Nevada Scholars Signing Day" ceremony northern Nevada kick-off event recognizing high-achieving 2017 graduates who will attend the University of Nevada, Reno.
· High School National Merit Scholarship Finalists and Presidential Scholars
· High School principals, teachers, counselors and staff
· Scholars' family and friends
· University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson, Executive Vice President and Provost Kevin Carman, Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education Joe Cline, University deans and other University officials
· Davidson Academy: 2:30 p.m., Thursday, May 11, 1164 N. Virginia St. Attendees and media are asked to enter through the Virginia Street entrance.
ADDITIONAL SIGNING DAY EVENTS
· Robert McQueen High School: 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 23, 6055 Lancer St.
· Silver Stage High School: 1 p.m., Thursday, May 25, 3755 Spruce Ave., Silver Springs
· Edward C. Reed High School: 1:30 p.m., Friday, May 26, 1350 Baring Blvd., Sparks
· Galena High School: 2:45 p.m., Wednesday, May 31, 3600 Butch Cassidy Dr.
· Wooster High School: 3 p.m., Thursday, June 1, 1331 Plumb Lane
· Reno High School: 11:15 a.m., Friday, June 2, 395 Booth St.
BACKGROUND: The University of Nevada, Reno officially received sponsorship status by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation eight years ago. Scholarships awarded through National Merit programs are regarded as some of the highest academic honors attainable by U.S. high school students. The University's student body recently included more than 50 National Merit Scholars, the largest number ever enrolled at Nevada, and 300 Presidential Scholars. National Merit Scholars receive up to $16,000 in an annual scholarship. Presidential Scholars receive a $5,000 annual scholarship.
The University of Nevada, Reno is featuring the following events this week:
Graduate Student Association Golden Jubilee - Saturday, May 6
11 am.-3 p.m., Joe Crowley Student Union, Gateway Plaza
The Graduate Student Association is celebrating its 50th anniversary with free lunch, lawn games, face painting, obstacle courses and more.
This event is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP online.
TMPF Talks Lecture Series - Truckee Meadows Ecology - Monday, May 8
6-8 p.m., Laxalt Auditorium, 401 W. Second St., downtown Reno
The Truckee Meadows Parks Foundations is hosting its quarterly lecture series, featuring guest speakers Sherman Swanson, Kent McAdoo and Michelle Hunt all who will discuss different ecological aspects of the Truckee Meadows.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Haley McGuire at 775-453-0566 or by email at email@example.com.
Coffee & Conversation with NSBC Business Development Advisor Sandra Rentas - Tuesday, May 9
10-11 a.m., Reno Little Theatre, 147 Pueblo St., downtown Reno
The University of Nevada, Reno College of Business and the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship are hosting the Women's Initiative Speaker Series, featuring female entrepreneurs throughout the month of May. Sandra Rentas with the Nevada Small Business Development Center will head the first bilingual event featuring local Latina entrepreneurs. She will offer her own advice from years of serving the Reno community, and share the business essentials needed to follow through on an idea.
The events are free and open to the public. To RSVP for the event, visit rentas.eventbrite.com.
Discover Science Lecture Series - Tuesday, May 9
7 p.m., Davidson Mathematics and Science Center, Redfield Auditorium
Cornell Professor Harry W. Greene, evolutionary biologist and preeminent expert on snake biology, will speak as part of the Discover Science Lecture Series. His lecture is intended for all ages, and will cover a diverse range of topics. He will sign both his books outside the auditorium following the lecture and limited quantities of each book will be available for purchase.
Free parking will be available at the top level of the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex. For more information call 775-784-4591 or visit https://www.unr.edu/dsls.
Davidson Academy Nevada Scholar Signing Day - Thursday, May 11
2:30 p.m., 1164 N. Virginia St., Tahoe Room
The ninth annual "Nevada Scholars Signing Day" ceremonies kick-off in northern Nevada with an event recognizing some of the high-achieving 2017 graduates from The Davidson Academy who will attend the University of Nevada, Reno. Each year, the University partners with area high schools in ceremonies reminiscent of high school athletes' "signing days" to acknowledge the decision of these "best and brightest" scholars to pursue their college degree in Nevada. Davidson Academy students and staff, scholars' family and friends, University President Marc Johnson and other University officials will be present.
Upcoming University Cultural Celebrations
For those wishing to attend any of the following events, visit The Center, Every Student. Every Story website.
Lavender (LGBTQIA+) Graduate Celebration - Monday, May 8
6-8 p.m., Joe Crowley Student Union, Theatre
The Lavender Graduate Celebration honors the academic achievements of LGBTQIA+ students and celebrates their contributions and stories to the University of Nevada, Reno.
American Indian/ Alaska Native Graduate Celebration - Wednesday, May 10
6-8 p.m., Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, Wells Fargo Auditorium
The American Indian/ Alaska Native Graduate Celebration honors the academic achievements of American Indian/ Alaska Native students and celebrates their contributions and stories to the University of Nevada, Reno.
Latino Graduate Celebration - Friday, May 12
6-8 p.m., Joe Crowley Student Union Ballrooms
The Latino Graduate Celebration honors the academic achievements of Latino students and celebrates their contributions and stories to the University of Nevada, Reno.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Graduate Celebration - Tuesday, May 16
7-9 p.m., Joe Crowley Student Union, Theatre
The Asian American and Pacific Islander Graduate Celebration honors the academic achievements of Asian American and Pacific Islander students and celebrates their contributions and stories to the University of Nevada, Reno.
Black Graduate Celebration - Wednesday, May 17
6-9 p.m., Joe Crowley Student Union, North Lawn
The Black Graduate Celebration honors the academic achievements of Black/ African-American students and celebrates their contributions and stories to the University of Nevada, Reno.
Save the Dates
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, May 18, 19 & 20
Spring Commencement 2017
As stated in our institutional mission, this University recognizes and embraces the critical importance of diversity in preparing students for global citizenship and is committed to a culture of excellence, inclusion and accessibility.
The January 27 executive order regarding border security and immigration enforcement has raised concern among members of our University community. Accordingly, the University is committed to offering support, resources and information to help our students, faculty, visiting scholars and staff fully understand the executive order's implications and take the most appropriate action. We recommend that students and scholars from any of the countries listed in the order stay in the United States for at least the next 120 days.
The staff of our Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) will be closely monitoring the situation and can advise and answer questions as information becomes available. Individuals affected by this executive order are
advised to stay in regular contact with the Office via their website (www.unr.edu/oiss), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or
The Association of International Educators, formerly NAFSA, is providing information helpful in understanding the language and application (thus far) of the executive order on their website (www.nafsa.org).
The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities is also tracking this information closely and will be providing updates at their website (www.aplu.org).
We value the contributions made by our international faculty, staff and students to our learning environment, which in turn greatly enhances our ability to serve the needs of Nevada, the nation and the world. At the University of Nevada, Reno, we encourage diversity of experience and perspectives and must continue to embrace this important aspect of our mission while providing a safe and welcoming environment for all students and employees.
- Marc Johnson, President, University of Nevada, Reno