Undergraduate Ceremony Details

Ceremony

Undergraduate Commencement
Baccalaureate degrees
Saturday, May 14, 2022
10:00 a.m. Ceremony Begins
8:00 a.m. Memorial Stadium gates open to public
Memorial Stadium
One Memorial Stadium Drive, Lincoln, NE 68588

The ceremony is expected to last 2.5 to 3 hours

If inclement weather arises for the May 14 ceremony, the afternoons of Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 have been set aside as alternate times for the undergraduate commencement ceremony. Ceremony changes will be posted on the commencement website and media outlets.

Register To Attend

Do CURRENT May 2022 graduating students need to sign up to attend the May 14 commencement ceremony?
  • Yes.
  • On April 4, each graduating student will receive a notification at their @huskers.unl.edu email account from the Office of the University Registrar requesting them to complete the Commencement and Diploma Form in MyRED. Students need to log into MyRED and complete the MyRED To-Dos, including the Commencement and Diploma Form.
  • Commencement Attendance form registration will open April 4, and close April 15.
Do RETURNING graduates from 2020 or 2021 who were unable to attend their in-person ceremony due to COVID need to sign up to attend the May 14 commencement ceremony?
  • Yes.
  • If you would like to return to campus to attend the May 14 ceremony, please use this link to let us know your participation plans. Please complete by April 15.

Ceremony Details

Health Safety Measures

If you are planning to attend May 2022 commencement, please review and follow these health protocols.

Voluntary Testing Option Available

Anyone symptomatic or who would like to take advantage of this resource ahead of or following commencement is welcome. UNL COVID-19 saliva testing is available all week leading up to commencement.

  • Sunday, May 8: 2-5 p.m. City Union Only
  • Monday through Friday, May 9-13: 10-4 p.m. City and East Union
  • Sunday, May 15: 2-5 p.m. City Union Only

If you become symptomatic for COVID-19, please get tested and learn the result before attending commencement.
Symptoms of COVID-19 often resemble cold, flu or allergies; you may unknowingly spread COVID-19 to others if you assume your symptoms are due to another cause.

If you test positive for COVID-19, five or fewer days before commencement, please do not attend.

  • For those attending Graduate Commencement on May 13, do not attend if you test positive on or after May 8.
  • For those attending Undergraduate or Law Commencement on May 14, do not attend if you test positive on or after May 9.

We know this would be a disappointing situation. We greatly appreciate your responsibility in protecting others from COVID-19 by not attending commencement if you are infectious.

Graduates, please email the Registrar (gradservices.registrar@unl.edu) if your plans have changed.

If you test positive for COVID-19 between 6 and 10 days before your commencement, you may attend if any symptoms are improved, but must wear a face covering at all times.

More information about COVID-19 diagnosis and isolation is available on the UNL COVID-19 website.

**Face coverings are a helpful tool for reducing the spread of any illness, including COVID-19.

Graduate Arrival on May 14th
  • 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Graduate check-in at Hawks Championship Center (1111 Salt Creek Roadway, Lincoln, NE 68508). Enter through west doors.
  • Please bring your NCard for check-in. If you do not have an NCard, please bring a photo form of ID and your NU ID number.
  • All graduates must be checked-in no later than 9:30 a.m. for the 10:00 a.m. ceremony.
  • Please arrive wearing your cap with tassel, gown and stole.
    • Prior to Saturday, May 14 please confirm you have all of your regalia items: your cap with tassel, gown and stole. If you are missing any items, visit the University Bookstore in the Nebraska Union on city campus Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Contact the bookstore via phone at (402) 472-7300 with questions.
  • We recommend leaving any personal items with family and friends as you will not be able to carry them with you to your seat. We are not responsible for lost items.
  • Graduates will check-in at Hawks Championship Center. You will be given a name/number card at check-in and will go directly to your assigned seat on the field.
  • Shoes: Graduates are strongly encouraged to wear flat, comfortable shoes and no heels. Graduates will be on field turf and/or uneven ground.
  • Accommodations: The university is committed to full access and reasonable accommodation for all who participate in commencement events.
    • If you are a graduate with a permanent or temporary disability and need assistance during the ceremony, please contact the Office of the University Registrar by Friday, May 1. You can reach us by email at gradservices.registrar@unl.edu
    • American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation - Graduates requesting ASL interpreters for commencement should email us at gradservices.registrar@unl.edu by Friday, May 1. Open captioning will be provided on stadium screens.
  • Clear bag policies must be followed.
Distinction Medallions
  • For current May 2022 graduates, if you earned a distinction medallion through your college, it will be given to you upon check-in the day of the commencement ceremony.
  • For returning graduates, if you already received a distinction medallion in the mail with your diploma, please bring it with you to wear during the ceremony.
Diplomas
  • Current May 2022 graduates will receive their individual diplomas when crossing the stage.
  • For returning graduates, since you already received your diploma in the mail, you will receive a certificate when crossing the stage. The certificate will be in a diploma envelope so you will have the same photo opportunity to capture the moment. Therefore, you do not need to bring your diploma with you.
Ceremony
  • You will be seated with your College.
  • All graduates will process to the stage as directed by the University Marshals.
  • Please take your name/number card with you to the stage.
  • Pictures will be taken during the ceremony by Grad Images.
  • You will proceed across the stage to receive your diploma or certificate and congratulations from the Chancellor or College Dean, and then exit via the ramp and return to your seat.
  • You will hand your name/number card to the photographer's assistant toward the end of the ramp when you are exiting.
  • For the courtesy of all participants, we ask that you stay for the entire ceremony.
Saturday Seating and Diploma Distribution

Graduates will receive their seating assignment at check-in on Saturday.

Diploma distribution order:

  • Group 1: Chancellor's Scholars
  • Group 2: Architecture, Journalism and Mass Communications, Public Affairs and Community Service
  • Group 3: Fine and Performing Arts, Engineering
  • Group 4: Education and Human Sciences
  • Group 5: Arts and Sciences
  • Group 6: Business
  • Group 7: Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Download a Seating Chart
Will Commencement Be Streamed Live?
  • Yes.
  • For guests not able to join in person, commencement will be streamed live on the Commencement website.
  • The streaming will begin approximately 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony.

Guests and Entering the Stadium

Do guests need tickets to attend Undergraduate Commencement at Memorial Stadium?
  • No. Tickets are not required for guests and there is no limit to the number of guests for each graduate.
  • Stadium gates open to the public at 8:00 a.m. and seating is general admission. Guest seating is located in the West Stadium for best ceremony viewing. Gates 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10 will be open for public entry. Gate 3 is for guests with accessibility needs.
  • Clear bag policies must be followed.
  • Accommodations: The university is committed to full access and reasonable accommodation for all who participate in commencement events.
    • If you are a guest with permanent or temporary disabilities, seating is available at the field level with two companion seats. Pre-registration is not required. Please enter through Gate 3. No elevator needed to access this seating area.
  • Students will be seated on the field. Guests will not be allowed on the field at any point during the commencement. You may meet up with your graduate outside the gates of Memorial Stadium at the conclusion of the ceremony.
  • Concessions will be open during the ceremony serving: coffee, water and soft drinks.

Cap and Gown 

What to expect when ordering regalia for Undergraduate Commencement.
  • To participate in commencement ceremonies, every graduate is required to wear UNL academic regalia.
  • Undergraduate students will purchase and keep their UNL academic regalia, which consists of a gown, Nebraska red stole, cap and tassel.
How do I order my cap and gown for the Undergraduate Commencement?

There are two options for ordering academic regalia for May 2022 commencement.

OPTION ONE

Order online through UNL vendor, Herff Jones.

  • To order and pay online for your regalia go to: the Herff Jones website.
  • Herff Jones will ship directly to the student-provided address, with delivery prior to commencement. International orders will be accepted, but shipping costs and deliveries may vary.
  • Herff Jones will accept regular, online shipment orders until April 18.
  • After April 18, and until April 25, late shipping costs will apply.
  • April 25 is the final deadline for domestic (U.S.) home shipment and the final closing date for online ordering. Please contact Herff Jones about international deliveries.

OPTION TWO

Attend Gradfest in person at the Wick Alumni Center (1520 R St, Lincoln, NE 68508) on Tuesday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Wednesday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    • No pre-ordering required.
    • Pay for academic regalia at Gradfest.
    • Graduate receives regalia at Gradfest.
    • After Gradfest, and once the Herff Jones website ordering is closed, caps and gowns can be purchased at the University Bookstore in the lower level of the Nebraska Union, City Campus.
    • All academic attire needs to be ordered online by the deadline date, picked up at Gradfest, or picked up at the University Bookstore by 5:00 p.m. Thursday, May 12, unless other arrangements have been made with the bookstore.
What is Gradfest?

Gradfest is a celebration event sponsored by the Nebraska Alumni Association.

Tuesday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wick Alumni Center (1520 R St, Lincoln, NE 68508)

Details will also be sent via email to all graduates and posted on the Nebraska Alumni Association website.

At Gradfest students can:

  • Pick up in-person and pay for commencement regalia.
  • Purchase a diploma frame, class ring and other memorabilia.
  • Learn about the Nebraska Alumni Association membership.
  • Register to win prizes such as a diploma frame.
  • Celebrate achievement.
  • After Gradfest, and once the Herff Jones website ordering is closed, caps and gowns can be purchased at the University Bookstore in the Nebraska Union, City Campus.

Parking

  • Free city campus parking lots are open and available for parking on Saturday, May 14 – no parking permit required.
  • Accessible parking is available near the stadium on a first-come, first-served basis. Locations are denoted on the parking map. A permanent or temporary Nebraska or other state-issued disability placard is required.
  • Stadium Drive will be closed between T Street and V Street.
  • Drop off area for accessible needs guests is located on the south side of Stadium Drive near Stadium Drive and T Street – see the parking map for location.
  • Paid parking is available at city Park&Go parking garages and metered street parking around Memorial Stadium.
  • Download the parking map.

Photography

  • After check-in in Hawks Championship Center, look for the Photography area if you wish to have a portrait photo taken by GradImages before the ceremony beings.
  • Every student crossing the stage during the ceremony will be photographed by GradImages. Photographs will be available to view and order within 48-72 hours after the ceremony. To order, go to the Grad Images website.
  • For additional help, call GradImages customer service department at 800-261-2576 or email giservice@gradimages.net.
  • Pre-register before commencement to save on your commencement photos.

Pre-Order Flowers for Your Graduate

  • Pre-order flowers online for your graduate by 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 12.
  • All online orders will be available for pickup on-site the day of the graduation. To retrieve your order for the undergraduate ceremony, please stop by any of the commencement flower booth locations at Memorial Stadium (west side).
  • If you are unable to pre-order, flowers will also be available to purchase on-site the day of the ceremony at any of the commencement flower booth locations at Memorial Stadium (west side).
  • There will be three commencement flower booth locations at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, May 14:
    • Outside Gates 4 and 10 at Memorial Stadium
    • Inside the stadium on the west concourse – toward the north end of the concourse
    • Inside the stadium on the west concourse – toward the south end of the concourse