2020 Commencement FAQ

We are adjusting our plans for the August 2020 graduation celebration from an in-person ceremony to online celebration. We have created this page to respond to questions we anticipate from our university community. If you have additional questions, please email commencement@unl.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions for August 2020

Will there be a August Commencement Ceremony?

The August 2020 Celebration will be an all-university digital experience on August 15 to include undergraduate, masters, professional, doctoral and law students. No in-person ceremony will be held due to COVID-19 concerns. 

What to expect on August 15 with the Digital Celebration?

On August 15, the University will be hosting “Go Big Grad: A Husker Graduation Celebration” at 9:00 a.m. CDT that will be streamed on this commencement website. Graduates and their families are encouraged to view the online celebration. Registration is not required to view. A digital graduation program will be available for download on August 15.

Go Big Grad Personal slide

The university is partnering with MarchingOrder to allow graduates to personalize their own graduation slide that they can share with family, friends and loved ones online and via social media on their special day.

Please note, this personal slide is not part of the digital graduation celebration – this is a separate celebratory component made available for graduates to personalize and share with family and friends.

An email was sent to August graduates via their huskers.unl.edu account on June 25. The email was sent from commencement@unl.edu with information on how to login and get started. A sample of what the personal slide will look like was included in the email.

Graduates will be able to upload a photo and a statement that's personal to them regarding their Nebraska experience. The statement can be a quote that inspired them while working toward their degree, a word of thanks to any family, friends and faculty members that helped them during their journey, or a reflection on their time as a UNL student. Additionally, the completed slide will have an audio file that will “announce” the graduates name upon opening the slide. Within the MarchingOrder login, graduates will be able to provide the correct pronunciation of their name.

Graduates should submit their information by July 23, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time to provide our partners with the proper amount of time to develop each slide. Slides can be accessed and shared on August 15 at the Commencement website.

What is the All-University Go Big Grad Class of 2020 Celebration box?

A complimentary graduation celebration box will ship direct to all August graduates containing their mortarboard/tassel or tam/tassel depending on their degree.

Since there is not an-person ceremony in August, we hope the contents of this box will help graduates celebrate their special day. Every effort is being made so that graduates receive it before the August 15 celebration. Graduates should login to their MyRED account beginning June 29 and click To Dos in the Student Homepage Message Center in order to fill out the Diploma Distribution form. Graduates will need to supply their mailing address before July 17. This address will be used for both mailing the celebration box and diplomas.

Are we still having Gradfest?

Due to not holding an in-person commencement, there will not be a GradFest this summer. In lieu of Gradfest, the Nebraska Alumni Association (NAA) will be providing a complimentary one-year membership to August 2020 grads. This information will be communicated via email and mail in the coming weeks.

Will my degree be conferred in August?

Yes, all earned degrees will be conferred and made legal on August 15, 2020.

Will I be able to participate in a future ceremony?

Yes, all August 2020 graduates will have the chance to participate in a future ceremony and be recognized. We will be collecting information regarding how many August graduates want to attend a future ceremony. Please login to your MyRED account staring June 29, click To Dos in the Student Homepage Message Center, and fill out the Diploma Distribution form to answer the question about your interest in a future ceremony. The deadline to complete this information is July 17. Once we have a better idea how many will attend, we will be able to make a decision regarding how future ceremonies will be organized.

How will I receive my diploma?

Your degree will be mailed to you after August 15, 2020. Please login to your MyRED account starting June 29, click To Dos in the Student Homepage Message Center, and fill out the Diploma Distribution form to confirm your mailing address. The deadline to complete this information is July 17.

Will other graduation deadlines be affected?

No, all graduation deadlines will remain the same and must be met in order to be cleared to graduate.

Can I order regalia (graduation robe / stole or hood)?

The University will be supplying graduates a complimentary mortarboard/tassel or tam/tassel depending on the graduate’s degree. This will be shipped in the Go Big Grad Celebration Box for August 2020 graduates.

If graduates want to complete the full regalia experience and order a gown with stole or hood, please visit the Herff Jones website. Any items ordered through this website will be shipped directly to the graduates from the vendor, Herff Jones. If you have questions about your regalia order, you may email the vendor directly.

Please note, regalia items ordered through the Herff Jones website for undergraduate and master degrees are purchases for the graduates to keep. However, regalia items ordered through their website for doctoral degrees are for rental only and the vendor will supply the graduates with a return box and return information. If you are a doctoral graduate and would like to purchase regalia, please use contact the University Bookstore.

Will I get reimbursed for my graduation application fee since there is no in-person commencement ceremony?

The graduation application fee is specific to application processing and does not apply to the commencement ceremony.

What if my plans to graduate have changed?

Contact the Office of the University Registrar, Graduate Studies or the College of Law to communicate that change of plans.

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