University of Nebraska Medical Center


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May 2024 Commencement Ceremonies

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Campus Time Date Location
Lincoln 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 2 Pinnacle Bank Arena
Norfolk 2 p.m. Thursday, May 2 Cox Activity Center
(Northeast Community College campus)
Kearney 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2 Health & Sports Center
(University of Nebraska - Kearney campus)
Omaha 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4 Baxter Arena
Scottsbluff 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4 Scottsbluff High School Auditorium

Attire Pickup

Omaha students can pick up their attire on the second floor of Williams Science Hall on either of the two dates listed below. Students on other UNMC campuses will receive an email regarding attire pickup closer to graduation.

  • Wednesday, May 1, 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 2, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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UNMC Digital Diploma

UNMC provides a digital version of your diploma to share your accomplishments. Digital diplomas are sent to your UNMC email address from Parchment.

Commencement FAQs

How long will the ceremony be?

Commencement ceremonies last approximately two hours.

What if I don't feel comfortable coming to the ceremony in-person?

Students are not required to participate in the ceremony if they don’t feel comfortable. The ceremony will be live-streamed so you are able to watch and see your fellow graduates walk across the stage.

What if COVID-19 numbers increase?

UNMC has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation both locally and nationally. If at any point between now and the scheduled ceremony COVID-19 trends present an increased risk for safety, we will modify our planning and update our graduates and campus community. 

We remain committed to the health and safety of the campus and community as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Will masks be required?

Per Dr. Meza and the Chancellor’s office, masks are not required but recommended.

Will graduates and their guests be permitted to gather outside before and following the ceremonies?

We strongly discourage gathering outside of the arena pre- and post-ceremony. During the processional, graduates will be directed to exit the arena after receiving their diploma. Guests should meet graduates outside and leave immediately.

Is there is limit to the number of guests that I can invite to the ceremony?

There will be no COVID-related restrictions on the number of guests allowed per graduate and tickets will not be issued.

How will my family and friends who can’t come to the ceremony be able to watch me graduate?

The in-person ceremony will be live-streamed for any guests to view remotely. Access to the live-stream will be made available to graduating students a few days prior to the ceremony.

How will I receive the academic attire that I ordered?

Omaha participants can pick up their attire on Wednesday, May 1 from 1-6:30 pm and Thursday, May 2, from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. Pickup is in Williams Science Hall, 2nd floor.

For spring commencement, Lincoln, Norfolk, Kearney and Scottsbluff participants will receive information from their location coordinators.

How do I know if I have a HOLD on my student account?

All HOLD information can be found in MyRecords. You must clear the HOLD with the appropriate department/person/college.

When will my degree be posted on my transcript?

All degrees are expected to be posted by the end of the month after Commencement, contingent upon completion of all UNMC and degree requirements.

When will I receive my physical diploma?

As long as there are no HOLDS on your records, diploma will be distributed immediately after the ceremony. If you will not be participating in the ceremony, your diploma will be mailed to the address provided on the graduation application approximately 3-4 weeks after the end of the semester.

When will I receive my digital diploma?

Your digital diploma will be emailed to your UNMC email address approximately 3-4 weeks after the end of the semester. All degree requirements must be completed and campus holds must be released in order to receive your digital diploma.

Can I pick up my diploma on campus?

No. Diplomas are mailed certified via USPS, so a signature is necessary for delivery.

If you need to update your diploma mailing address, send an email to bbreazea@unmc.edu with your name, NUID, and new diploma mailing address.

How do I access photos from commencement?
  • A professional photographer will take photos of each student. You can view and order proofs online.
  • All questions regarding photos should be addressed directly to Lifetouch's customer support. The Customer Chat can be accessed online at the chat box in the bottom right corner.
What do I do with my UNMC Badge Photo ID?

All graduating students will need to mail their photo id (no clip or additional card) to:

Photo ID Card Office
984290 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha NE  68198-4290

Students in Omaha will also have the option to turn in their UNMC badge during attire pick up.  

How long will my UNMC email remain active?

Your UNMC student email will remain active for six months after the end of the semester. IT will notify you when your account is deactivated. You will be given approximately a two week notice to resolve any issues/concerns/notifications regarding your UNMC email account. The Help Desk number is 402-559-7700.

What if I have additional questions?

Students can contact the Academic Records office at academicrecords@unmc.edu.