With last year's spring commencement ceremony extending for nearly four hours, University of Nebraska-Lincoln officials are planning two ceremonies for undergraduates this year.
Starting May 4, all spring commencements at UNL will feature two undergraduate events — one in the morning, the other in the afternoon — with specific college assignments for each, the university said in a news release.
“Our traditional spring ceremony has simply outgrown the space available in Pinnacle Bank Arena,” said Annette Wetzel, UNL director of special events. “Last May, we were on the brink of running out of space for graduates, and the ceremony took almost four hours.
“It just wasn’t a great situation for anyone. So we’re reconfiguring the ceremony, returning it to its intended purpose of being a fun celebration for graduates and their guests.”
This year's morning commencement begins at 9 a.m. and will include the colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Architecture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Journalism and Mass Communications, and Public Affairs and Community Service. The afternoon ceremony begins at 3 p.m. and includes the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Sciences, and Engineering.
The dual ceremonies will feature roughly the same number of graduates and the same speaker.
The split undergraduate ceremony will only be offered during UNL's commencements in May. August and December ceremonies will remain as a single ceremony, officials said.
This spring's commencement will include ceremonies for graduate students May 3 at 3 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena, and for law graduates May 4 at 2 p.m. at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.
Each of the May ceremonies will feature updated robes and regalia for UNL graduates featuring the Nebraska “N.”
Undergraduates will wear a black robe with red sleeve cuffs and a red stole adorned with two white “N” logos. Robes for students earning master’s degrees are black with two red “N” logos along the zipper. Doctoral robes will also be black with three red chevrons on each sleeve and a black stole with red “N” logos.