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Commencement FAQs


You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Here are a few of the most common ones we get. You can also get the most up-to-date commencement details including location, how to get tickets, and event schedules on our website:

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When and where is Commencement?

Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 11 a.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center located at 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy in Las Vegas, Nevada. Doors open at 10 a.m. The ceremony will also be livestreamed.

Where can I register for the ceremony?

Please register here to be recognized at the ceremony. The deadline to register is April 1, 2024.

Do I need to register even if I'm not attending in-person?

Yes. All graduates who register, regardless of their intention to participate in-person, will have their name read and grad slide displayed at the ceremony.

Will there be options for me to participate virtually?

Yes. The ceremony will be livestreamed and all graduates, regardless of their intention to attend the ceremony in-person will be celebrated. Each graduate will have the opportunity to be recognized with an official slide that can be personalized with your photo and personal message, and which can be downloaded and shared on social media. This slide will also be played during the ceremony for those who are unable to attend in-person. You have the option to upload a photo of yourself to be added to your personalized slide. Details on how to verify your information and submit a photo for your personalized slide will be provided at a later date.

Will the ceremony be streamed for those who can't attend in-person

Yes! We know that our graduates’ families and supporters are many, and want to celebrate this momentous occasion from however near or far they may be. For your guests convenience and comfort, the commencement ceremony will be available via livestream. 

How will I know where to sit at my ceremony?

Graduates will check-in upon arrival and volunteers will be available to direct you where to go from there.

Will graduates cross the stage?

Yes, all graduates will be offered the opportunity to cross the stage and be recognized by name.

Will I receive my diploma at the ceremony?

No. Diplomas are not handed out at Commencement. Diplomas are ordered once all semester grades have been posted, remaining transcripts have been submitted and entered, and degrees have been posted to the student account. This process typically takes about 4 weeks after the semester ends. Diplomas will be mailed to graduates from the vendor approximately 12 weeks after they are ordered.

How long is the ceremony and can I leave early?

We ask that all graduates remain until the ceremony is over. The length of the ceremony will depend on the number of graduates, but estimate 3 ½ hours.

Does each guest require a ticket for entry?

Tickets are not required for the event. Doors will open at 10 a.m. on the day of the event and seating will be first come, first served.  

How do I get my cap and gown?

The NS Bookstore will begin selling caps and gowns in-person beginning on February 28. Contact the bookstore at (702) 992-2340 or visit their location in the Rogers Student Center for more information.

Caps and gowns are also available for purchase at the Nevada State University Herff Jones Online Store. In order to receive the items before the commencement ceremony, please complete your purchase no later than March 27.

How do I get my name card for the Commencement ceremony?

Your GradPass stage card will be assigned to you virtually via Marching Order. Graduates must print and bring their GradPass to the ceremony. It is critical that all graduates have their GradPass when they get to the stage in order to cross and be acknowledged.

What can I bring to the ceremony?

All graduates and guests attending Commencement are asked to keep personal items to a minimum. All articles brought into the facility will be subject to search, and this may delay persons from entering the venue. There are no secure places to store personal items before or during the ceremony. Small personal items such as phones and wallets must be carried in a pocket or a small clutch. No bags will be permitted into the venue except for small clutches (8″ x 11″ max). Backpacks of any size are not allowed. View the Venue Bag Policy and FAQ for more information.

What if I require ADA accommodations?

Contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at (702) 992- 2180 or to arrange accommodations for any graduate or guest requiring an accommodation, and for special seating for those who may need sign language interpreters. The deadline to contact the DRC is April 30. Failure to make arrangements with the DRC may result in inadequate time to put the necessary accommodations in place.

Where do I park for the ceremony?

The Thomas & Mack Center has four parking lots around the building. The lots are designated by color (Red, Scarlet and Gray) and numbered sections. View the Thomas & Mack Center’s Parking Webpage for more information.

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