Academic Policies Handbook

Graduation Information

How do I apply for graduation?

Application for graduation can be made via the Graduation Application link in MyBlue 

What are the application deadlines?

The application deadlines for each term's graduation are as follows:
Fall-Sept.15th; Spring-Feb.1st; Summer-June 15th

What if I miss the application deadline?

If you miss the graduation application deadline contact the Registrar's Office as soon as possible to discuss options. Late application fees apply.

When will I receive information on graduation?

Graduation Informational Packets including: specific dates, times, parking map, cap/gown order information, will be mailed out to students who have applied to graduate on the following dates:
Fall-October 1st, Spring-March 1st, Summer-June 20th

What are the dates, times, and locations of the graduation ceremonies?

Fall and Spring: Friday of finals week at 10:00 a.m. in Cushing Coliseum. For specific dates, refer to the Academic Calendar or the published schedule of classes.

9:15 am Graduates assemble in the Field House
9:50 am Processional begins
10:00 am Ceremony begins (lasts approximately 1.5 to 2 hours).

Summer: Friday, the last day of the summer term at 10:00 a.m. in the Nebraska Student Union. For specific dates, refer to the Academic Calendar or the published schedule of classes.

9:15 am Graduates assemble in the Cedar Room on the first floor of the Nebraskan Student Union.
9:50 am Processional begins
10:00 am Ceremony begins (lasts approximately 1 to 1.5 hours).

When and where are the rehearsals for the ceremonies?

Fall and Spring: Thursday prior to commencement at 3:00 p.m. in Cushing Coliseum. For specific dates, refer to the Academic Calendar or the published schedule of classes.

Summer: Thursday prior to commencement at 3:00 p.m. in the Ponderosa Room of the Nebraskan Student Union. For specific dates, refer to the Academic Calendar or the published schedule of classes.

Can I participate in a graduation ceremony the semester before I actually graduate?

Students must have all required coursework completed or in progress to participate in commencement. With a commencement ceremony at the end of each academic semester and summer, students should plan to participate in the ceremony that coincides with the completion of all degree requirements. Students will not be allowed to march in an earlier ceremony.

How do I order my cap and gown?

Contact the Antelope Bookstore at 308-865-8555.

How do I order graduation invitations?

If you are looking for personalized UNK invitations, click here:  http://buildagrad.ca/unk

If you are looking for a website that will take care of all your graduation needs, click here:  http://www.neebo.com/graduation   

What is the official dress policy for the graduation ceremony?

The following Academic Achievement cords/medals/stoles are approved to wear with commencement robes: 

  • Mortar Board - stoles/medals
  • Phi Kappa Phi - stoles/cords/ribbons
  • Beta Gamma Sigma (Business Honorary) - green/gold cords
  • Phi Beta Delta (Education Honorary)- cords/medals
  • Psi Chi (Psychology Honorary) - cords
  • Phi Eta Sigma - cords
  • Kappa Mu Epsilon (Math Honorary) - cords
  • Latin Honors - medallions
  • Kappa Delta Phi (Education Honors) - purple/green cords
  • Sigma Xi - blue/white cords
  • Sigma Tau Delta, Xi Beta – cords

All candidates participating in commencement exercises must wear approved traditional commencement attire. In addition to the cap and gown, candidates will be allowed to wear cords and/or sashes/stoles if such items have been previously approved by the Commencement Committee. Please refer to the guidelines below for seeking appropriate approval. Unauthorized ornamentation is prohibited. If any commencement official deems the attire to be inappropriate, the student will be asked to remove the unapproved item or the student may be denied participation in the commencement ceremony.

 Approval Guidelines:

Requests for special ornamentation should be forwarded to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs at least 90 days prior to commencement in order to be placed on the agenda for consideration.

The Commencement committee will only consider items that represent academic achievement from a nationally recognized academic honor society which requires a minimum scholastic rank equivalent to a 3.5 GPA for membership. National recognition may be in the form of membership in ACHS (Association of College Honor Societies) or via a demonstrated national governance structure including officers/board members elected by the membership and formal chartering of each campus chapter approved by official action of the governing body of the national organization.

The only candidates that may wear a medallion are those graduating with university-wide Latin honors or the UNK Honors Program.

The faculty/staff sponsor of the campus honor society should provide a written request outlining how the chapter meets the required guidelines. The sponsor will be notified of the committee’s decision by the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs following the meeting of the Commencement Committee.

How do I qualify for University Honors?

Is there special recognition of students who qualify for University Honors?

Students graduating Cum Laude and above will receive medallions at the honors breakfast hosted by the Chancellor on the morning of graduation. Graduates may pick up medallions when lining up before the ceremony if they are unable to attend the breakfast. Honors breakfast invitations will be issued to qualifying graduates.

When will I get my diploma?

If you are participating in the graduation ceremony, you can pick up your diploma immediately following the ceremony as long as all degree requirements have been met and no holds have been placed on your account.

If you have a hold on your diploma you will be mailed the diploma as soon as all issues have been cleared.

If you are not participating in the graduation ceremony, you can pick up your diploma after 2:00 p.m. in the Registrar's Office located in Founders Hall, as long as all degree requirements have been met and no holds have been placed on your account.

If you cannot pick up your diploma or you have a hold, you will be mailed the diploma as soon as all issues have been cleared.

What if I am taking transfer credit from another institution during the same term I am planning to graduate?

You will need to request that official transcripts from your transfer institution be sent to the UNK Registrar's Office after official grades have been posted. Your diploma will not be released until the final transcript is received from the transfer institution; however, you are still eligible to participate in the ceremony.

What if I don't plan on participating in the ceremony?

If you do not plan on participating in the graduation ceremony, please be sure to note that on your graduation application, or contact the Registrar's Office at unkregistrar@unk.edu or 308-865-8527.

What if I/my family or friends are unable to attend ceremony?

For those unable to attend in person, UNK commencement ceremonies are Webcast live over the Internet. To view the broadcast visit the Webcast Information page before the event to make sure your computer is properly configured. If you have Information Technology questions on how to view UNK Webcasts, please call the helpdesk at 308-865-8363

Where can I get a map of campus and parking for my family?

Who do I contact if I or someone in my family needs special accommodations for graduation ceremony?

Students needing accommodations under the ADA should contact the ADA coordinator at 308-865-8655 at least one week in advance of the graduation ceremony.

What seating is available in the Health and Sports Center (Fall and Spring Ceremonies) and in the Nebraskan Student Union (Summer Ceremony) for people with restrictions?

Fall and Spring: Seating for individuals who use wheelchairs is available in the northeast and southeast corners on the concourse level. Additional seating is available on the lower level in the southwest corner. One other person will be allowed to sit with each individual who uses a wheelchair. Individuals who don't use wheelchairs but have restrictions that prevent climbing stairs may use the elevator located on the northeast corner of the building to get to the lower floor and may sit on the first row of the bleachers. Another option is to take one step down from the concourse level. Since these seats are not reserved, you should allow plenty of time before the graduation ceremony to obtain these seats. There will be hosts and hostesses at the entrances of the building to assist individuals as needed. View Seating Diagram (Adobe PDF).

Summer: Seating for individuals who use wheelchairs will be provided. One other person will be allowed to sit with each individual who uses a wheelchair. Individuals who don't use wheelchairs but have restrictions that prevent climbing stairs may use the elevators located in the lobby of the main (south) entrance and the northwest entrance to the Nebraskan Student Union.

Where is the Handicap parking?

Fall and Spring: Lot 10 between Cushing Coliseum and Otto Olsen is reserved for handicap parking. A valid handicap parking permit is required to park in this lot. Vehicles without a handicap parking permit (but have someone who has a restriction) may go into to this lot to drop their passengers off by the east door to the Health and Sports Center but will be required to leave the lot and find parking in another area. View Map (Adobe PDF).

Summer: Handicap parking is available on the north and east sides of the Nebraska Student Union. View Map. Vehicles without a handicap parking permit that has someone who has a restriction may drop off guests on the east side of the NSU to access either the south or east entrances and the north side of the NSU to access the northwest entrance.