Nebraska to Grant 1,100-Plus Degrees in December Ceremonies

Nebraska to Grant 1,100-Plus Degrees in December Ceremonies
December 9th, 2023 | Media Release

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln will confer more than 1,100 degrees during commencement exercises Dec. 15 and 16 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The arena, 400 Pinnacle Arena Drive, will host a ceremony for students earning graduate and professional degrees at 3 p.m. Dec. 15 and one for those earning bachelor’s degrees at 9 a.m. Dec. 16. Doors open to the public at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and 7:30 a.m. Dec. 16.

Chancellor Rodney D. Bennett will preside over the ceremonies.

To maintain a secure environment, the arena enforces a clear-bag policy that limits the size and type of bag that may be brought into the venue. Details are available at To avoid inconveniences, guests and graduates are encouraged to arrive early and travel light.

No tickets are required for the ceremonies, and there is no limit to the number of guests per graduate. The public may sit in any non-reserved seats other than on the main floor, which is set for graduates, faculty and dignitaries. Accessible seating is available on the concourse level in Sections 106, 107, 110, 112, 114, 117 and 118. Beverage stands will be open. Open captioning for people with hearing impairment will be provided through the ribbon screens at the corners of the arena concourse level. Guest services and first aid will be on Level 3 at Gate 112.

Paid parking, including accessible spaces, is available in Haymarket area garages and on the street. For more information, visit

A drop-off area for mobility-restricted guests will be available on the south side of the U.S. Post Office building, 700 R St., directly east of Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Graduating students are to check in no later than 2:20 p.m. for the graduate and professional degree ceremony and no later than 8:20 a.m. for the undergraduate ceremony. Graduates should enter the south lobby, off R Street. A graduate-only entrance sign will be posted. Participants should bring their NCard, or a photo ID and NU ID number, for check-in. Graduates will be given a name/number card to find their place in the processional lineup. They should bring this card to the stage to receive their diploma. Limited coat room space will be available, so graduates are encouraged to leave personal items with family or friends.

The graduate and professional degree ceremony is expected to last two hours, and the undergraduate ceremony is expected to last two-and-a-half hours. Graduates and their guests are asked to stay for the entire ceremony.

The ceremony will be streamed at and broadcast live on Spectrum channel 1303, Allo channel 23 and Kinetic channel 1080.

For more information on December commencement, visit or email


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