UPDATE:   The University Of Nevada Reno has moved its commencement this year from the Historic Quad to the Lawlor Events Center due to inclement weather. The university actually prepares both locations for graduation. It’s a lot of work to get both locations ready for a full ceremony, before they know which one will actually be used.

It has taken most of the day to get 900 seats ready at the Lawlor Event Center ready for commencement. Its a big year for the university. There are over 3,200 graduates here. This is the largest spring commencement that we've had. We are up over last year and weve had a 50% increase in graduates since 2010, said University of Nevada Reno Deputy Director of Commencement Terina Caserto.

Like usual, the university has evenly divided the graduation into 4 different ceremonies. But weather has driven the ceremony inside at the Lawlor rather than outside at the Quad. Being a Weather Ready National Ambassador with the National Weather Service, we get all the information we need to start making these decisions early, said Caserto.

Some students are not happy with this decision. We would have snow days where we had inches and inches of snow. I would have to drive from Sparks to here. No consideration was given for that. But a couple clouds and its moved into the Lawlor. My feelings were definitely hurt, said a graduating student who wishes to only be identified as Ashley M. Im really upset because Ive been looking forward to this. I was supposed to graduate in the fall and I made plans to graduate in the quad. Because everyone dreams of graduating in the quad instead of inside, said a graduating student  who wishes to be identified as Tiffany V.

The ride share drop-off location will be affected by the move. Our ride share drop-off will by Lawlor on Virginia Street, said Caserto. The flow of traffic will also be affected. Cars coming up Virginia Street to park near the Lawlor Event Center can park at the West Stadium Parking Garage. So there will be a lot of signage out there that will direct people to the Lawlor Event Center.


NOTE: Due to inclement weather conditions, all spring commencement ceremonies will be moved to Lawlor Events Center except for the School of Medicine which will still be held at Pioneer Center. All ceremonies will start at their scheduled times, listed below 

The University of Nevada, Reno’s 129th Commencement will confer 3,201 degrees, the largest amount of degrees conferred in one semester.

The Commencement exercises will take place over four ceremonies in three days – Thursday, May 16; Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18. 

Each ceremony focuses on particular colleges, and both undergraduate and graduate degrees for each of those colleges will be granted.

• 4:45 p.m. Thursday, May 16: Reynolds School of Journalism, College of Liberal Arts and Orvis School of Nursing 

• 8 a.m. Friday, May 17: College of Business, Division of Health Sciences (Social Work) 

*  Noon Friday, May 17: School of Medicine, at Pioneer Center 

• 4:45 p.m. Friday, May 17: College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources, School of Community Health Sciences and College of Education 

• 8 a.m. Saturday, May 18: College of Engineering and College of Science 

Students receiving dual degrees may participate in more than one ceremony. 

During the University’s Commencement ceremonies this year, 2,587 bachelor degrees, 551 advanced degrees (master’s and doctoral degrees) and 63 University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine degrees will be awarded. The University awarded 3,137 total degrees last spring and has seen a 50-percent increase in degrees conferred since 2010 due to increased enrollment and improved graduation rates. 

Free public parking is available in the West Stadium Parking Complex and the Green surface lots on the north end of campus. Shuttles will be available two hours before each ceremony. Level three of the West Stadium Parking Complex will be available for ADA accessible parking, with shuttles running starting at 5:30 a.m. for morning ceremonies and 2:30 p.m. for afternoon ceremonies. Return shuttles will also be provided. A ride sharing drop-off for Uber and Lyft will be available at the corner of Ninth and Center Streets. Due to increased traffic seen around Commencement ceremonies, the public is strongly encouraged to allow extra time and arrive early. 

Public entrances for Lawlor will be located at sections 4 and 22. Graduates, Faculty, the Platform Party and special guests are to enter through the Ticket Office on the first floor. 

Guest seating for the morning events will open at 6:30 a.m. and will open at 3:15 p.m. for the afternoon events. Additionally, guests are kindly asked to leave balloons, signage and coolers at home so as not to obstruct the view or pathways of others. 

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. 


As for the School of Medicine, the class of 2019 will receive their academic hoods and recite the Physician's Oath reaffirming their commitment to the medical profession.

The 63 students graduating in 2019 are the 40th class to receive their M.D. degree from UNR Med.

The Pioneer Center for Performing Arts was the School of Medicine’s first location for hooding in 1980.

Truckee Meadows Community College will hold its spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 24th starting at 3 p.m. inside Lawlor Events Center. 

(University of Nevada contributed to this report.)