Spring 2018 Commencement
The Commencement for Spring 2018 graduates will be held at the UNO Lakefront Arena
Friday, May 11, 2018
Please click on the following link for the Commencement Photograph Instruction.
Please click on the following link for the Academic Costume Guide.
Please click on the following link for the Graduation Dress Guidelines.
Please direct all graduation related queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring 2018 Commencement
The deadline to file an application for degree for
Spring 2018 is Friday, March 9, 2018.
Please direct all graduation related queries to email@example.com.
Resources for Candidates
Students who wish to graduate for Spring 2018 must fill out the Application for Degree
on WebSTAR by Friday, March 9, 2018. You will find information at: http://www.uno.edu/registrar/application-for-degree.aspx
Diploma/Graduation fees are not refundable after the March 9th application deadline.
Announcements & Formal Graduation Photos
Orders for personalized announcements will be taken during the Grad Fair held by the
UNO bookstore on Thursday, March 8, 2018, in the UC Gallery Lounge from 10:00 a.m.
to 4:00 p.m. You may also order personalized announcements online through http://www.balfour.com/uno/ or you may call toll free to place your order at 1-877-225-3687. Blank announcements
will also be available at the Grad Fair any time after in the Bookstore, Monday through
Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
There will be a photography service at the Grad Fair from which you can order graduation
photos for your announcements, etc. They will have regalia for students to put on
for the photos. The UNO Bookstore will also have information about photography services
if you wish to have photos taken at another time.
All candidates should report in academic cap and gown, with tassel hanging from the
right front of the cap, to the North entrance facing the lake not later than 1:30 p.m. Please park in the North lot. The area designated for line-up is limited to graduates,
so do not bring friends and family into this area. Only candidates will be permitted
to enter the area.
(Candidates needing special services or accommodations due to a disability should
identify themselves prior to commencement by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Such notice must be received no later than May 1, 2018.)
The Candidate Procession will be organized by the College with assistance from the
Registrar's Office. When you enter the lobby area, designated staff members will direct
you to the staging area. You will be given a card with your name and your seating
number on it. This card is to be presented to the speaker in order for your name to
be announced as you cross the stage. It is very important that you do not lose or destroy this card.
When directed to do so, you will line up in numerical order behind the sign for your
college. Graduate students will line up together in the Graduate School section of
the Student Procession. When you reach your seat please remain standing until instructed
to sit. Gentlemen should remove their caps during the National Anthem.
During the ceremony, candidates will rise when requested to do so by their respective
Dean and will remain standing for the announcing of degrees. After the announcing of
degrees, candidates will be instructed to take their seats.
The names of doctoral candidates will be announced individually from the podium by
the Dean of the College or his or her designee. Each candidate will advance to the
center area of the platform to be hooded by their major professor and to receive his
or her diploma from the President. When this is completed, the candidate will return
to his or her chair.
Marshals will direct the movement of other candidates to the platform to receive their
diploma covers. When you get to the top of the stairs leading onto the platform, you
must give your name card to the announcer. Then, when your name is announced, you
will enter the platform area and receive your diploma cover from the President. A
professional photographer will take your picture with the President. As you cross
the platform, shift your tassel to the left front of your cap.
In the Recession, the official Platform Party and the faculty will move first, exiting
as directed by the marshals. All graduates will follow the faculty as directed by
Class ring representatives will be on campus periodically, and they will be at the
Grad Fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Alumni Center Ballroom. Inquire at the Bookstore
for future dates and times. You may also order your official UNO class ring by visiting
The Degree conferral date is on Friday, May 18, 2018. Students have not officially
graduated until this date. Diplomas may be picked up at the Registrar's Office in
the Privateer Enrollment Center, located in the Earl K. Long Library, beginning on
Students who desire to have their diplomas mailed must fill out the Diploma Mailing
Form at http://www.uno.edu/registrar/forms/ with the mailing address.
In order to graduate, students must be active in their program. For Undergraduate
students, this means that if you have completed all of your coursework prior to the
semester in which you plan to graduate, notify your college or email@example.com so that they can enroll you in a "degree only" course in order to maintain your active
status. For Graduate students, please contact the Graduate School for more details.
(Note that this applies for students in the term that they are graduating, and is
not necessary for students who have already graduated in Summer 2017 and are participating
in the Commencement ceremony.)
All fees and other financial obligations to the University must be paid 48 hours prior
to commencement in order to receive your diploma. If you think you are delinquent
in any manner, contact the Bursar for fees and traffic fines (504-280-5500 or 504-280-6504),
and/or the Library for library fines (504-280-6355).
UNO now has customized UNO Blue regalia for the commencement ceremony.
Doctoral students only - While Doctoral students must purchase their own tam, the
charge of renting the doctoral robe will be covered by the University for doctoral
candidates, and their doctoral hood will be given to the candidates by the University
during the commencement ceremony. Please contact the UNO Bookstore by April 15th to order your robe and tam.
Undergraduate and Master’s students – The graduation regalia for Undergraduate and
Master’s students on the graduation list is free of charge, and will be available
beginning at the Spring Grad Fair held by the UNO bookstore on Thursday, March 8, 2018, in the UC Gallery Lounge from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you are unable to attend Grad Fair, graduation regalia will be available in the
bookstore Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., after that date. Bookstore
personnel will need to know your height and weight along with the type of degree you
are receiving such as a bachelor or master, and your major. Graduation regalia will
NOT be available at the commencement ceremony!
You may contact the UNO Bookstore by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 504-280-6373.
Candidates may wear honor cords from authorized academic honor societies. Candidates
will not be able to participate in the commencement ceremony if academic apparel is
deemed inappropriate by graduation staff.
Academic apparel should be worn to the commencement site. Military dress uniform may
be worn in lieu of academic regalia.
Please do not bring cell phones, umbrellas, purses or other items of extra apparel
with you to the UNO Lakefront Arena as you are not permitted to carry or wear these
in the Procession. Academic apparel should be worn to the commencement site. There
will be no place to secure items you bring with you.
- No tickets are required for guests to attend.
- Parking is available on both the North and South sides of the Lakefront Arena. Those
guests with handicap plates or passes may park in the area in the front reserved for
disabled parking. If they do not have plates or permits, then they can be dropped
off in the area and the able-body driver will need to park in general parking areas.
Entrance is through Ground One located under Ramp 1.
- Guests with mobility issues can ask the attendants inside the Arena to direct them
to the assessable seating. Due to limited space, a guest needing the seating may have
only one additional person accompanying them in the assessable seating.
- The doors will be open to the public approximately an hour and a half before the exercises
are scheduled to begin.
- Seating is on first come first serve basis.
Student Loan Exit Interview
If at any time you have ever received any type of Stafford or Perkins student loan
through the University, you must complete an exit interview prior to graduation. To
Sign your Exit Counseling for Federal Direct Stafford loans, please visit: www.studentloans.gov . In order to access your account, you must use your FAFSA PIN number. Federal Perkins
Loan exit interviews must be completed online at www.uasexit.com . Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid (504-280-3270) if you have any questions
about this requirement for Stafford loan recipients. Students with a Federal Perkins
loans question should call the Perkins Loan Coordinator at 504-280-6506 or e-mail
email@example.com. You can also contact UNO's Federal Perkins Loan administrator University Accounting
Services at (800) 999-6227 for questions.
Transcripts with degrees posted will be available once all work has been evaluated.
Transcript requests should be made through Transcripts on Demand at http://www.uno.edu/registrar/transcript.aspx. Indicate in the comment column "to hold for degree." Transcript requests with degrees
posted will be available beginning Monday, May 21, 2018, for students who do not have
any pending transfer work or financial holds. PLEASE NOTE: walk-up transcript requests
and same-day transcript request are no longer available. See the above site for details.