Weather Changes Outdoor Graduation Plans
By Carrie Murphy. CREATED May 1, 2013
Lincoln, NE - Blame it on the weather.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is changing plans for graduation ceremonies Friday and Saturday.
Both ceremonies moved to Memorial Stadium this year, for the first time. Now, with a very unusual forecast for the first week in May, both ceremonies are being scaled back.
On Saturday, undergraduates will receive their diplomas in the Hawks Championship Center between 8 and 8:30 a.m. Guests will not be able to participate because the Hawks Center is not large enough for everyone. There are 1,713 graduates.
Graduates can then go to the stadium for the official conferral of degrees. Former U.S. Senator and Nebraska Gov. Ben Nelson will deliver the commencement address.
The University will serve coffee and hot chocolate in the stadium.
Friday's ceremonies for students receiving Masters and Doctorate degrees will also change. The Doctoral hooding and commencement will begin at 4:00 p.m. at Kimball Recital Hall. The Masters program will be held at the Lied Center for Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m.
UNL calls the situation unusual, "There is no other available venue large enough to accommodate the 1,713 attending graduates and their 14,000 expected guests, even if we divided into two ceremonies," Chancellor Harvey Perlman said. "This may be the only time UNL commencement is held in Memorial Stadium, and this weekend's weather is forecast to be unseasonably cold and wet."