May 2020 Commencement FAQ

Just as our university has transitioned to remote learning in response to COVID-19 concerns, we are adjusting our plans for our May 2020 graduation celebration, and we have created this page to respond to questions we anticipate from our university community. If you have additional questions, please email

Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be a May Commencement Ceremony?

The May 2020 Celebration will be an all-university digital experience on May 9 to include undergraduate, masters, professional, doctoral and law students. No in-person ceremony will be held due to COVID-19. Specific details can be found on the Commencement website.

What to expect on May 9 with the Digital Celebration?

On May 9, the University will be hosting “Go Big Grad: A Husker Graduation Celebration” at 9:00 a.m. that will be streamed at the commencement website. Additionally, the celebration will be broadcast via NET (Nebraska Educational Telecommunications). Graduates and their families are encouraged to tune in to the celebration which will last 30 minutes. Registration is not required to view. A graduation program will be available for download on May 9.

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.

To start creating the slide, graduates should check their email account. They will find an email from with information on how to login and get started. A sample of the 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 April 24, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time to provide our partners with the proper amount of time to develop each slide.

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.

Slides can be accessed and shared on May 9 at the commencement website.

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

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

Since there is not an-person ceremony in May, 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 May 9 celebration. Graduates should login to their MyRED account 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 April 24. This address will be used for both mailing the celebration box and diplomas

Are we still having Gradfest?

The spring Gradfest celebration (originally scheduled for April 21 & 22) and Senior Sendoff (originally scheduled for May 7) have been canceled. In lieu of Gradfest, the Nebraska Alumni Association (NAA) will be providing a complimentary one-year membership to May 2020 grads. This information will be communicated via email and mail in the coming weeks.

Will my degree be conferred in May?

Yes, all earned degrees will be conferred and made legal on May 9, 2020.

Will I be able to participate in a future ceremony?

Yes, all May 2020 graduates will have the chance to participate in a future ceremony and be recognized. We are collecting information regarding how many May graduates want to attend a future ceremony. Please login to your MyRED account, 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. 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 May 9, 2020. Please login to your MyRED account, click To Dos in the Student Homepage Message Center, and fill out the Diploma Distribution form to confirm your mailing address.

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 purchase regalia (graduation robe / mortar board / stole or hood)?

The University will be supplying graduates a complimentary mortarboard/tassel or Tam/tassel depending on the graduates degree. This will be shipped in the Go Big Grad Celebration Box for May 2020 graduates.

If graduates want to complete the full regalia experience and purchase a gown with stole or hood please place an order at The items will ship free directly to you and reflect a discounted price without the tassel and mortarboard/tam.

College of Law Specific Regalia

Details on College of Law specific regalia can be found on the College of Law website.

I pre-ordered a diploma frame and/ or announcements and have already paid for those items.

These orders remain active and will be shipped to you from the Herff Jones vendor. If you have questions please email them direct at:

I pre-ordered my cap and gown regalia for the May 2020 commencement. What happens to my order? Will I be charged?

If you previously pre-ordered a cap and gown regalia order for May 2020, that order has been automatically canceled and no charges will apply.

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 this May have changed?

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

Go Big Grad hashtag graphic