Go Big Grad: A Graduation Celebration

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Out of an abundance of caution and as we did in May, we will not be conducting an in-person commencement ceremony in August. We will again confer degrees in a virtual celebration and all graduates will receive gift boxes with a complimentary cap and tassel along with Husker-themed souvenirs. All August 2020 graduates will be invited to attend a future in-person commencement.

On August 15, the University will host the “Go Big Grad: A Husker Graduation Celebration” at 9:00 a.m. CDT that will be streamed here on this website. Graduates and their families are encouraged to view the online celebration. Although we will not be in-person, we hope you can join in the celebration and hear from guest speaker Dr. Marilyn Moore, retired associate superintendent of Lincoln Public Schools and past president of Bryan College of Health Sciences, as well as other special guests.. At the end of the celebration, Chancellor Green will confer degrees with a turning of the tassel moment for graduates.

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As you prepare for the big day, we've put together tips and resources to help you celebrate.

  • Host an online watch party to virtually connect.
  • Make your viewing experience special. Watch the stream with your friends and family!
  • A Go Big Grad box containing your cap and tassel will be mailed to help you celebrate!
  • You will have the opportunity to personalize a graduation slide and share online so your family and friends can join in the celebration. Details coming soon.
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Social Media Stickers

Check out our graduation stickers in Instagram stories or Snapchat! Search "UNLincoln" for stickers to add some celebratory flair to your stories. Click here to see how you can use them.

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Virtual Backgrounds

You may not be on campus but you can feel closer to Dear Old Nebraska U with these virtual backgrounds. Add them as a Zoom background or to another platform with green screen capabilities to snap some pictures at iconic campus spots.

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Sharable Graphics

We've put together a bunch of graphics to celebrate you (or your Husker grad). Download the graphics and share on social media to show your Husker pride.

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Go Big Grad Spotify Playlist

From Alice Cooper to Cardi B, we have the perfect Spotify playlist to get you in the celebration spirit. Listen Now.

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Facebook Photo Frame

Have a favorite photo from your time at Nebraska? Celebrate your accomplishment by adding the Go Big Grad Facebook frame to a photo that brings back all the Nebraska memories.

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Mortar Board Design Tips

Need some mortar board design inspiration? We gotcha covered. Check out our Pinterest board for examples from other Husker grads and how-to's.

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I can say confidently that whatever your story, you won the lottery because you are here, like me, about to become a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Whatever the path that brought you here, you have proven you have the talent, skill, education and opportunities to be successful.

Harvey Perlman, Harvey and Susan Perlman Alumni Professor of Law and 19th Chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Congratulations, graduates! Seeing well prepared, passionate students graduate and pursue their dreams is as good as it gets. Thanks for all you’ve brought to UNL and the impact you’ll make with what’s next. The world needs you and you’re ready! #GoBigGrad

Nick Pace, Professor & Department Chair, College of Education and Human Science

Our current reality has made it how clear just how connected the world is. Remember that this connectedness applies just as much to the positive work you’ve done at UNL and the great work you will continue to do. Congratulations on your accomplishments, and #GoBigGrad

LJ McElravy, Interim Associate Dean, Graduate Studies

Through UNL Bridges International, where I served for close to three years, I made so many international friends, and this is beyond my imagination. There are so many nations represented on UNL campus, and I was able to make friends and share life with so many different people and learn from them. I truly grow to appreciate different perspectives of the world and life, and I become so much more culturally aware and welcoming to people who are different from me.

Shangwei Tang, College of Arts & Sciences
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The best thing about being a Husker is the tremendous camaraderie and support from UNL and fellow students. 

Shannon Ankeny, College of Journalism and Mass Communications
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To the UNL Class of 2020! To know you is to know the true meaning of “bittersweet…” Bitter to have you leave us this way, without a proper send off. So sweet to see who you are and what you have become. Congratulations to each and every one of you! 

Gina Matkin, Professor of Leadership, ALEC, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

You will be the reminder of the persistence of the soul and conscience of our time by the mere act of being engaged, being willing to ask questions, being open to breaking with the sway of the world, in finding out truth for yourself.

Kwame Dawes, Chancellor's Professor of English and Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner

The best thing about being a husker is the fact that you belong to a big family, with very welcoming people. Their support and kindness makes everything feel like home, and specially for international students like me. 

Agustin Olivo, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
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Graduates of 2020 - you have a unique and powerful story to share! Congratulations on this momentous occasion. While we cannot celebrate in person, we are excited to greet you today as an alum! May your journeys be filled with unwavering grit, perseverance and passion. #GoBigRed

Tony Lazarowicz, Associate Director for Academic Advising, College of Arts and Sciences

Graduating from Nebraska means that I have can have confidence in my future. I had a full plate at Nebraska, but the university has put me in a position to succeed, both as I worked toward earning the degrees and now that I have the degrees. The big red "N" is recognizable all across the world, and I'm proud to carry it with me for the rest of my life.

Alex Baker, College of Journalism and Mass Communications and College of Education and Human Sciences
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