Commencement 2022

Commencement for the Class of 2022 is scheduled for Saturday, May 7. The ceremony will be held rain or shine. 
We will continue to monitor the effects of COVID-19 on our community, and will follow any current state or local directed health measures. 

Please continue to check this webpage for schedule updates.


Commencement Day Schedule
8:15 a.m. Graduates and faculty line up for final walk in Knight Fieldhouse
8:40 a.m. Final Walk through campus
9 a.m. Baccalaureate service at First United Methodist Church
9:45 a.m. Line up for Commencement in Snyder Arena
11 a.m. Commencement ceremony
1 p.m. Pick up diplomas in Snyder Arena


Final Walk

A tradition at Nebraska Wesleyan University, the final walk across campus symbolizes the culmination of a graduate’s four years of learning and living at NWU. Just as they did to begin their academic careers, during the final walk graduates will pass under one of Nebraska Wesleyan’s famous arches—the symbol of the university.


The ceremony will be held outdoors, so we encourage guests to dress accordingly. If the weather is cool, a light jacket or blanket may be appropriate. If the weather is warm, sunscreen and hats are recommended. Bottled water will be provided to graduates and available to guests at the concession stand.

The ceremony will be postponed only in the event of severe weather.


All campus parking lots are available for commencement parking. Street parking is also available however, parking will NOT be permitted on Madison Avenue between 50th and 56th Streets. Parking attendants will be available to help direct traffic, and complimentary golf cart shuttles will run from designated lots throughout campus to aid guests as needed. Handicapped parking is available in the lot located directly to the south of the Story Student Center.

You may download the parking map to see all available parking options and shuttle locations.

Additional Information for Guests


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 Nebraska Wesleyan negotiated rate.” Please book by April 6.

Hotel Address Price Phone
Country Inn & Suites 5353 N. 27th Street Starting at $89 (844) 209-0529
Embassy Suites 1040 P Street Starting at $169 (402) 474-1111
New Victorian Suites 225 N. 50th Street Starting at $84.88 (402) 464-4400
Staybridge Suites Northeast 1501 N. 86th Street Starting at $149.99 (402) 484-6000
TownPlace Suites by Marriott Lincoln North 7353 Husker Circle Starting at $109 (402) 323-2000

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)

Lincoln Campus Map

Campus map


Lincoln Map