Undergraduate Ceremony Details

December 2021 Graduates Class of 2020 & Class of 2021 from May and August

Ceremony

Undergraduate Commencement
Baccalaureate degrees
Saturday, December 18, 2021
9:00 a.m. Ceremony begins.
7:30 a.m. Pinnacle Bank Arena doors open to public.
Pinnacle Bank Arena
400 Pinnacle Arena Drive, Lincoln, NE 68508

The ceremony is estimated to last 2 to 2.5 hours.

December 2021 Graduates

Do graduating students need to sign up to attend the December 18th Commencement?
  • Yes.
  • On Friday, October 29 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 by Friday, November 12.
Graduate Arrival on December 18th
  • 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Graduates will enter Pinnacle Bank Arena via the south lobby entrance (off R Street). Look for the sign “Graduate Only Entrance.”
  • 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 8:30 a.m. for the 9:00 a.m. ceremony.
  • Clear bag policies must be followed.
Will commencement be streamed live? Yes. For guests not able to join in person, commencement will be streamed live on the Commencement website  beginning at 9:00 a.m. (CT), Saturday, December 18.
Health Safety Measures

In compliance with Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department's Directed Health Measures, all University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) faculty, staff, students, and visitors are required to use a facial covering at all times when indoors.

If health directives change before commencement this website will be updated.

Tickets & Entering the Arena

Do guests need tickets to attend Undergraduate Commencement at the Pinnacle Bank Arena?
  • No.
  • Arena doors open to public at 7:30 a.m. and seating is general admission. Guests should enter the Pinnacle Bank Arena via the southwest door along R Street.
  • Clear bag policy must be followed.
  • Seating Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible seating with one companion seat for commencement guests is available in sections 106, 107, 110, 112, 114, 117 and 118 on the main concourse level of the Pinnacle Bank Arena.
  • Guests are not allowed on the arena floor.
  • Representatives from the American Red Cross are present at UNL commencement and are located on Level 3 at Gate 112. If you need additional assistance or have questions about seating, please see an arena usher.

Cap and Gown

What to expect when ordering regalia for Commencement.
  • To participate in commencement ceremonies, every graduate is required to wear academic regalia.
  • Undergraduate regalia package includes: “N” branded gown, red stole of gratitude, mortarboard and “N” tassel. For graduates ordering regalia from the Herff Jones vendor website, the vendor will supply doctoral students with a return box, prepaid mailing label and return information for gown and hood. Doctoral graduates who pick up their regalia at Gradfest, will receive return instructions from the bookstore.
  • Students who have achieved their degree with honors will receive their distinction medallions upon check-in the day of commencement.
How do I order my cap and gown for December 18th Undergraduate Commencement?

There are two options for ordering and purchasing academic regalia for December 2021 commencement.

OPTION ONE

Order and purchase 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 November 21.
  • After November 21 and until December 3 late shipping costs will apply.
  • December 3 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 Nebraska Union Ballroom (2nd floor), City Campus, November 30 and December 1.

  • 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 Nebraska Union, City Campus.
What and when is Gradfest?

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

Tuesday, November 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. AND Wednesday, December 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Nebraska Union Ballroom (2nd floor), City Campus

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

  • Paid parking is available at city Park&Go parking garages and metered street parking around the Pinnacle Bank Arena (PBA).
  • R Street in front of the Pinnacle Bank Arena will be open for drop off.
  • Download a parking map
  • Accessible parking is available in the paid city parking garages and the paid premium garage attached to Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Photography

  • Every student crossing the stage will be photographed by GradImages photography. Photographs will be available to view and order within 48-72 hours after the ceremony. To order, go to the GradImages 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.

Returning Graduates

Class of 2020 & Class of 2021 from May and August

Due to COVID and not being able to attend their ceremony, do alumni who graduated in 2020 or 2021 grads from May and August need to sign up to attend the December 18 Commencement?
  • Yes.
  • Graduates who previously indicated their interest in participating in December should have received an email to complete a participation form. If you have not been contacted, please complete this form by November 1.
Participant Arrival on December 18th
  • 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Class of 2020 will enter Pinnacle Bank Arena via the south lobby entrance (off R Street). Look for the sign “Graduate Only Entrance.”
  • 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 participants must be checked in no later than 8:30 a.m. for the 9:00 a.m. ceremony.
  • Clear bag policies must be followed.
  • Since you’ve already received your diploma in the mail, you will receive a diploma folder with special message from Alumni and Chancellor Green with an “N” envelope when crossing the stage at this ceremony.
  • Participants who achieved their degree with honors should bring their distinction medallions and cords to wear with their regalia.
Will commencement be streamed live?

Yes. For guests not able to join in person, commencement will be streamed live on the Commencement website  beginning at 9:00 a.m. (CT), Saturday, December 18.

Health Safety Measures

In compliance with Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department's Directed Health Measures, all University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) faculty, staff, students, and visitors are required to use a facial covering at all times when indoors.

If health directives change before commencement this website will be updated.

Tickets & Entering the Arena

Do guests need tickets to attend Undergraduate Commencement at the Pinnacle Bank Arena?
  • No.
  • Arena doors open to public at 7:30 a.m. and seating is general admission. Guests should enter the Pinnacle Bank Arena via the southwest door along R Street.
  • Clear bag policy must be followed.
  • Seating Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible seating with one companion seat for commencement guests is available in sections 106, 107, 110, 112, 114, 117 and 118 on the main concourse level of the Pinnacle Bank Arena.
  • Guests are not allowed on the arena floor.
  • Representatives from the American Red Cross are present at UNL commencement and are located on Level 3 at Gate 112. If you need additional assistance or have questions about seating, please see an arena usher.

Cap and Gown

What to expect when ordering regalia for Commencement.

To participate in commencement ceremonies, every participant is required to wear academic regalia.

  • The undergraduate regalia package includes: “N” branded black gown, red stole of gratitude, mortarboard and “N” tassel.
How do I order my cap and gown for December 18th Graduate Commencement?

There are two options for ordering and purchasing academic regalia for December 2021 commencement.

OPTION ONE

Order and purchase 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 November 21.
  • After November 21 and until December 3 late shipping costs will apply.
  • December 3 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 Nebraska Union Ballroom (2nd floor), City Campus, November 30 and December 1.

  • 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 Nebraska Union, City Campus.

A special note to 2020 graduates regarding regalia

  • Class of 2020 participants may order a full regalia package or purchase just the gown and stole if they have kept their cap and tassel from their 2020 GO BIG Grad celebration box.
What and when is Gradfest?

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

Tuesday, November 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. AND Wednesday, December 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Nebraska Union Ballroom (2nd floor), City Campus

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

  • Paid parking is available at city Park&Go parking garages and metered street parking around the Pinnacle Bank Arena (PBA).
  • R Street in front of the Pinnacle Bank Arena will be open for drop off.
  • Download a parking map
  • Accessible parking is available in the paid city parking garages and the paid premium garage attached to Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Photography

  • Every student crossing the stage will be photographed by GradImages photography. 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.