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December 2021 Commencement Ceremony

UNMC will hold an in-person commencement ceremony for December 2021 graduates at Baxter Arena on Friday, December 17th at 7p.m. 

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December 2021 Graduation Frequently Asked Questions

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When will December commencement occur?

UNMC will hold an in-person commencement ceremony for December 2021 graduates at Baxter Arena on Friday, December 17th at 7p.m. 

How long will the ceremony be?

The ceremony will 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?

Yes, masks will be required for everyone for the duration of the ceremony.

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.

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 available through the UNMC Commencement website.


How will I receive the academic attire that I ordered?

Academic attire will be available for pick-up in Williams Science Hall, Wednesday, December 15th from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. If you cannot pick up your attire during these times, you will need to make arrangements to have someone pick up for you.  

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 I receive my physical diploma?

Diplomas will be available directly following the ceremony at Baxter Arena. 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 Fall 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 Fall 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. Due to current social distancing guidelines in response to the COVID-19 situation, diplomas not received during commencement will be mailed to the address you provided on your application for graduation. Diplomas are mailed Registered Return Receipt, so a signature is necessary for delivery. If you need to update your diploma mailing address, please e-mail Academic Records at

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 until June 2022.  ITS 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?

The website will be updated daily so please check back frequently for the latest information. Students can contact the Academic Records office at


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