For the first time ever, the University of Nevada, Reno held a commencement ceremony on a Thursday.
The university says they were forced to add a Thursday ceremony because more students are earning degrees, and there wasn't a way to fit them all in two days.
o 5 p.m. Thursday, May 18: College of Engineering, Orvis School of Nursing and College of Science
o 8 a.m. Friday, May 19: College of Business and the Division of Health Sciences
o 5 p.m. Friday, May 19: College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources and the College of Education
o 8 a.m. Saturday, May 20: College of Liberal Arts and the Reynolds School of Journalism
The University of Nevada, Reno will confer 2,808 degrees at the 2017 Spring Commencement ceremonies: 2,278 bachelor degrees, 469 advanced-degree certificates (master’s and doctoral degrees) and 61 University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine degrees. The University awarded 2,649 degrees last spring and has seen a 50% increase in degrees conferred since 2010 due to increased enrollment and improved graduation rates. This spring, the University also celebrates reaching the 100,000-degrees conferred mark.
General parking: Due to construction on North Virginia Street and the increased traffic seen around Commencement ceremonies, the public is strongly encouraged to allow extra time and arrive early. Free public parking is available in the West Stadium Parking Complex and the Blue and Green surface lots. Shuttles will be available two hours before each ceremony. The Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex will be available for handicap parking. Shuttles will be available to transport disabled guests to the ceremony location. Attendees are asked to follow directional signage from Virginia Street.
A mobile-friendly live-stream of all four ceremonies will be available at unr.edu/live. Closed captioning on mobile devices and unr.edu/live for the hearing impaired will also be available and can be accessed through a QR code provided at the event.
New this year, the University’s commencement ceremony will feature two 20-foot-wide by 10-foot-tall screens, flanking both sides of the stage. The purpose of the screens is twofold; give more people the ability to better see what is taking place and provide closed captions of the event to better serve attendees.
University graduates and their families are encouraged to join the conversation online by using the hashtag #PackPride when posting to social media.
From the University of Nevada, Reno