Commencement 2022

 

Commencement for the Class of 2022 is scheduled for Saturday, May 7 at 11 a.m. in Abel Stadium. The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours, and will be held rain or shine. In the case of severe weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors.

All guests are welcome; tickets are not required at this time.

A live webstream of the commencement ceremony will be available on this webpage for those unable to attend.

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.

Baccalaureate 

Baccalaureate will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church located at 50th Street and Saint Paul Avenue. Baccalaureate services are a tradition at Nebraska Wesleyan as part of our relationship with the United Methodist Church. All graduates are invited to participate in the services but are not required to attend.

All participating graduates and faculty members should be dressed in caps and gowns or regalia and begin assembling in Knight Field House by 8:15 a.m.

Weather

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.

Parking

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.

Photography

To order graduate photos, visit www.gradimages.com and follow the directions on the page to access the proofs. 

Nebraska Wesleyan Bookstore

The Prairie Wolves Bookstore located in the Story Student Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, for late gown pick-up (if necessary) and to purchase NWU memorabilia.

Coffee House

Families and friends may take a break in the Archway Café coffee house located on the lower level of the Story Student Center. The café will be open from 7 to 11 a.m. 

Additional Information

Accommodations

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)

Final Walk Map

Final Walk Map

 

Lincoln Campus Map

Campus map

 

Lincoln Map

Cap and Gown Ordering Information

Caps and gowns, personalized announcements, diploma frames and rings can be ordered online by visiting the Herff Jones website.

Please take note of the deadlines below to ensure you receive your items in a timely manner.

Some items will be available in the bookstore store for emergency situations, but it is not guaranteed. Ordering online by the due date is highly recommended.

Shipping Options and Order Deadlines

There are two shipping options for all graduates.

Option1: The deadline to place your order for pick-up from the bookstore has now passed. If you placed your order by March 29th, pickups are due to arrive the week of April 25th. If you missed the deadline, caps, gowns, and tassels are also available to purchase in-store. Quantities and sizes are limited, so don't wait!

Option 2: You may have your order delivered directly to your home ($12.95 shipping fee). Orders placed for home delivery must be completed by April 11.

BACHELOR’S DEGREE GRADUATES – You can keep all items in your order, so you do NOT need to return anything after the ceremony. (Pricing: $48 plus tax which includes gown, cap, and tassel)

MASTER’S DEGREE GRADUATES (except MSN/MBA dual degree graduates) – You can keep all items in your order, so you do NOT need to return anything after the ceremony. (Pricing: $95 plus tax which includes gown, cap, hood, and tassel)

MSN/MBA DUAL DEGREE GRADUATES – Please contact the bookstore at cvenema [at] nebrwesleyan.edu for your options.

For questions about cap and gown orders or announcements please contact the Prairie Wolves Bookstore at 402.465.2490 or email cvenema [at] nebrwesleyan.edu

Ordering Announcements

Personalized announcements are available online. Orders will require 3-4 weeks to process and ship so please order ASAP to get your items in plenty of time to send out to family and friends.

Generic announcements are available in the bookstore to purchase for $2/announcement.