Commencement Schedule

Schedule for Commencement Day, May 11, 2019

9:15 a.m
All graduates, faculty and other Baccalaureate participants assemble for the Final Walk to Baccalaureate
Snyder Arena, Weary Center

9:40 a.m.
Final Walk
Across campus

10 a.m.
Sanctuary, First United Methodist Church, 50th Street and St. Paul Ave.

12:15 p.m.
Graduates and faculty assemble for Commencement
Snyder Arena, Weary Center

1 p.m.
130th Annual Commencement (Hooding Ceremony will be included in the Commencement Ceremony.)
Taylor Commons

Rain Plan

If inclement weather is forecast:

The class picture will be taken in Snyder Arena.

Graduates and faculty will assemble in the east half of Snyder Arena.

Commencement will be held in Knight Field House and telecasted in Snyder Arena.


All NWU Commencement guests may receive special hotel rates at the below establishments. To make a reservation please use the following phrasing—“I would like to make a reservation for the NWU Commencement at the NE Wesleyan negotiated rate.”

Hotel Address Price Phone
Fairfield Inn 4221 Industrial Avenue Starting at $99.00 (402) 476-6000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites 2200 Wildcat Circle Starting at $139.00 (402) 975-8330
Mainstay Suites 2803 Folkways Boulevard Starting at $99.00 (402) 483-0222
New Victorian Suites 225 N. 50th Street Starting at $75.00 (402) 464-4400
Staybridge Suites 2701 Fletcher Avenue Starting at $109.00 (402) 438-7829

Maps and Directions

Directions Maps
From the airport
Take West Adams out of airport.
Right on Cornhusker Highway.
Right on 48th Street.
Left on Saint Paul Ave. (third stoplight).

From the east on I–80
Take Waverly exit (#409)
Left on Cornhusker Highway.
Left on 48th Street.
Left on Saint Paul Ave. (third stoplight)

From the west on I–80
Take Superior Street exit (#401)
Left onto Superior Street.
Right on 48th Street.
Left on Saint Paul Ave. (third stoplight)

From the southeast on Highway 2
Right on 84th Street.
Left on Adams Street. (after several miles on 84th)
Left on 48th Street.
Left on Saint Paul Ave. (first stop light)

Commencement Map

thumb nail view of downloadable campus map

PDF iconDownload and print our Commencement map


Lincoln Map

thumbnail view of downloadable Lincoln map

PDF iconDownload and print our Lincoln map


All parking lots on campus are available for you on commencement day. Street parking is available as well. However, parking is NOT permitted on Madison Avenue between 50th and 56th streets. PDF iconDownload the commencement map (PDF) to view parking options.

Bookstore Hours

The Prairie Wolves Bookstore located in the Story Student Center will be open from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 11.

Coffee House Open Hours

Families and friends may take a break in our coffee house located in the lower level of Story Student Center from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Order Cap and Gowns

The deadline to order a cap and gown online is Friday, March 29, 2019. You can also place your order in person at the Prairie Wolves Bookstore or by contacting them at (402) 465-2490. Additional commencement supplies like rings, frames and announcements may be ordered online from the Herff Jones website.


Through an arrangement with The Commencement Group, graduates, their families and guests will have the opportunity to purchase congratulatory rose bouquets.

Commencement Group representatives will be located at a booth near the Weary Center with a variety of bouquets available for onsite purchase the day of Commencement. Orders can be also made in advance by visiting the The Commencement Group website.


Prior to the commencement ceremony, each of the three master's degree classes will have its class picture taken in Snyder Arena. Following baccalaureate, an all-class picture will be taken on the front steps of First United Methodist Church.

To order graduate photos, visit and click on Pre-Event Registration. There are other great pictures in the gallery as well.

Video Recording

NWU does not provide professionally recorded DVDs. Please feel free to bring your video camera and record this special day.


Contact or visit us

Nebraska Wesleyan University
5000 Saint Paul Avenue
Lincoln, NE 68504
(800) 541-3818
(402) 466-2371