Commencement Update

**Families: Please encourage your students to check their Rebel Mail for this update. Note the the times & ticket information at the bottom.

Dear UNLV Students and Recent Graduates, 

UNLV staff and faculty volunteers are continuing to plan our in-person commencement ceremonies in May at Sam Boyd Stadium for UNLV’s 2020 and Spring 2021 graduates. Our goal is to remain as safe as possible while celebrating this important moment with classmates, family, and friends. 

We greatly appreciate the time and energy from state and local authorities – as well as public health experts – for their efforts to help us create a healthy and safe environment that meets COVID-19 guidelines. To adhere to those guidelines, we have added a fourth ceremony specifically for Graduate College degree recipients and candidates, and we have also assigned the colleges and schools for the Spring 2021 undergraduate ceremonies.

The approved schedule is as follows: 
May 13 at 8 a.m. – All master’s, specialist, and doctoral degree graduates from 2020 and candidates from spring 2021 
May 14 at 8 a.m. – Spring 2021 undergraduate degree candidates from the following colleges and schools: School of Integrated Health Sciences, College of Fine Arts, College of Liberal Arts, School of Public Health, School of Nursing, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs 
May 14 at 6:30 p.m. – All Class of 2020 (spring and fall) undergraduate degree recipients 
May 15 at 8 a.m. – Spring 2021 undergraduate degree candidates from the following colleges and schools: Lee Business School, College of Education, Hughes College of Engineering, Harrah College of Hospitality, College of Sciences 

As shared previously, all of the ceremonies will be ticketed events and each graduate may invite up to four guests. General ticketing information will be shared with graduates soon. For those unable to attend, all ceremonies will stream live at 

All 2020 UNLV graduates should have received a survey from the Registrar’s Office to gauge interest in attending in-person ceremonies, and I encourage all who haven’t yet done so to reply to the survey by April 8. 

Everyone in attendance will be required to follow social distancing guidelines and wear face coverings. Also, if public health conditions require us to make adjustments, we will alert you as soon as possible. Please continue to check the UNLV Commencement website for the latest operational updates and for more details. 

Commencement is a milestone moment for our graduates, their loved ones, and for all us working in higher education. I believe this plan will ensure that we’re able to safely celebrate together. I can’t wait to see you all in person to share my congratulations, and my gratitude for your patience and perseverance over the past year.
Warm regards,
Keith E. Whitfield, Ph.D.

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