Nebraska Colleges Offer Graduation Ceremony Alternatives

March 31, 2020, 1:59 p.m. ·


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Universities and colleges across Nebraska Tuesday announced they will change May graduation dates because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska at Omaha announced they will livestream a commencement ceremony on the scheduled May dates.

“We want to make sure you and your family, at the time of your graduation, have a very special event," Jeffrey Gold, UNO and University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor, said in a video statement. "That you can celebrate the joy and the pride of this with your loved ones, colleagues and friends.”

Both UNO and UNL told the class of 2020 they can also come back to a later graduation in December or next spring. UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green announced volleyball coach John Cook will speak during the livestreamed ceremony in May.

"Whatever will work for you and your families to celebrate this degree and to celebrate this moment in person in our tradition at Nebraska," Green said in an email to students.

The University of Nebraska at Kearney is combining spring and summer graduations on July 31, while the College of Saint Mary will also move spring graduation back to August 1-2.