UPDATE - Commencement Schedule

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Rain Plan

Because Saturday's forecast calls for a significant chance of rain, here are a few highlights of the updated commencement schedule.

  • Final Walk is cancelled.
  • Those participating in Baccalaureate should assemble in the First United Methodist Church gymnasium (lower level).
  • The class picture will immediately follow Baccalaureate and will be taken in Snyder Arena.
  • Boxed Dinners will be available after class photo in the Prairie Point Dining Center.
  • Graduates and faculty will assemble in Snyder Arena for Commencement.
  • Commencement will be held in Knight Field House, Weary Center. No tickets are needed. Overflow seating will be in Snyder Arena. The ceremony will be telecasted in Snyder Arena.
  • Knight Field House is not air-conditioned. Please plan accordingly.


Updated - Schedule for Commencement Day, May 16, 2015

12:15 p.m.
Master's candidates assemble for Hooding Ceremony
West Vestry, First United Methodist Church, 50th & St. Paul Ave.

1:00 p.m.
Hooding Ceremony
Sanctuary, First United Methodist Church (Master’s candidates, their families, faculty and staff)

2:00 p.m.
Hooding Ceremony Reception
Fellowship Hall, First United Methodist Church (Master’s candidates, their families, faculty and staff)

3:15 p.m.
Baccalaureate Assembly
Gymnasium, First United Methodist Church

4:00 p.m.
Sanctuary, First United Methodist Church, 50th & St. Paul Ave.

5:00 p.m.
Class picture
Snyder Arena, Weary Center

5:45 p.m.
Graduates and Faculty assemble for Commencement
Snyder Arena, Weary Center

6:30 p.m.
126th Annual Commencement*
Knight Field House, Weary Center (academic procession begins promptly at 6:30 p.m.)

8:30 p.m.
Robe Return
Snyder Arena, Weary Center


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
Campus Map
Download and print our campus map (PDF).

Lincoln Map
Lincoln Map
Download and print our Lincoln map (PDF).



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. Download the Commencement Map (PDF) to view parking options.


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 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.



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
Chase Suites 70th & O $79.00 402.483.4900
Comfort Inn & Suites 331 North Cotner $79.00 402.325.8800
The Cornhusker Marriott 333 South 13th Street $99.00 1.866.706.7706
Courtyard by Marriott 808 R Street $129 402.904.4800
Staybridge Suites N. 27 (I-80) Starting at $85.99 402.483.7829



Following the hooding ceremony, each of the three master's degree classes will have its class picture taken inside First United Methodist Church. Following baccalaureate, an all-class picture will be taken in Snyder Arena.

To order graduate photos, visit www.gradimages.com and click on Pre-Event Email 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.


Convenient Light Dinners

Family members and friends may pre-order light dinners to enjoy in Prairie Point Dining Center. Graduates receive one complimentary boxed dinner through a separate order form. The deadline for placing your order is May 1.

Choose from ham, roast beef, turkey, chicken caesar or vegetarian sandwiches on whole grain bread plus a package of baby carrots, a bag of chips and cookies. All adult dinners are $6. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich option for children is $4.

Order dinners online