Spring 2021 Commencement Program
Live Streaming will begin a few minutes prior to the start of Commencement
Commencement is a special time of celebration for students, their families and SCC faculty and staff. It signifies
the end of one chapter in a student’s life and the beginning of another.
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Pinnacle Bank Arena
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Commencement begins at 6:30 p.m.
The ceremony will take place in person based upon Directed Health Measures in Lincoln/Lancaster County at that
time. If a local DHM or other directive would prevent an in-person ceremony from being held, SCC will
communicate an alternative plan.
All SCC students from the Beatrice, Lincoln and Milford campuses who are scheduled to graduate in May will be
to participate in the celebration. Also, SCC students who graduated in Fall 2020, Summer 2020 and Spring
will be invited to participate.
All graduates are required to wear academic caps and gowns during the ceremony. Tassels should remain on the right
side of the caps until all degrees have been conferred and you are directed to move your tassel.
Caps and gowns will be available for pick up in the Campus Store on your home campus beginning Friday, April
30th. The cap, gown and tassel are yours to keep. If you are a veteran/active military or graduating
with honors, you will receive honor cords when you check in at the ceremony.
Masks may be required to align with Directed Health Measures (DHM) in place on graduation day. This will apply to all
graduates and guests.
The ceremony will take place in person based upon Directed Health Measures in Lincoln/Lancaster County at that time.
If a local DHM or another directive would prevent an in-person ceremony from being held, SCC will communicate an
Commencement is scheduled for Wednesday, May 5th at 6:30 p.m. at the Pinnacle Bank Arena. Report to the graduate
check in area on the ground level beginning at 5:30 p.m. and no later than 6:00 p.m. Please allow adequate time for
parking to ensure timely arrival.
Pinnacle Bank Arena is a CLEAR BAG venue. ONLY CLEAR BAGS and small clutch-sized purses are allowed at
entry. View the clear bag policy.
Graduates will not be allowed to carry items into the ceremony. There is no secure
room for purses, coats, etc.
Please leave your personal items with friends or family.
Graduates are required to remain at the entire ceremony, which will conclude at approximately 8:00 p.m.
The SCC graduation ceremony will be live streamed. (Check back for link.)
Family, friends, and other guests are invited and may sit in any non-reserved area, other than the main floor, which
is set aside for the graduates.
Handicap seating for guests is available on the main concourse level of the Pinnacle Bank Arena. The arena drop off
area is located on the south side of Pinnacle Bank Arena (R Street).
Free parking is available in the Festival Parking Lot and in the Pinnacle Bank Arena Garage. See map and directions. Paid parking is also available in the City of Lincoln Public Parking
Garages. Find information regarding lodging, dining and other attractions in the Lincoln area.
Each graduate will receive their diploma by mail within one month after the end of the term assuming the following
expectations have been met:
Diplomas will be mailed to the address you provided on your graduation application. If you have an address change
please email the Associate Director of Registration for your campus by May 5th:
Beatrice/Milford: Rose Ohlsen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lincoln: Lori Vancura at email@example.com
Phi Theta Kappa members are eligible to wear stoles. Contact the PTK Advisor on your home campus by April
Beatrice: Carrie Puhalla at firstname.lastname@example.org 402-228-8152
Lincoln: Rachel Mason at email@example.com 402 437-2630
Milford: Stacey Harrifeld at firstname.lastname@example.org 402-761-8227
Stoles for PTK members will not be available the day of graduation.
Students graduating with distinction or high distinction will be provided an honor cord when they check in for the
Graduates who are veterans or active military will receive a red, white & blue honor cord to be worn during the
commencement ceremony. These cords can be picked up at graduation check in before the ceremony.
Graduates requesting accommodations, please contact the Associate Director for Registration for your home campus
April 15th or before, to allow time to establish reasonable accommodations with the venue.
Beatrice/Milford: Rose Ohlsen at email@example.com 402-228-8213
Lincoln: Lori Vancura at firstname.lastname@example.org 402-437-2604
Please contact the Associate Director of Registration for your campus if you determine you are unable to complete
your academic requirements for graduation or have changed plans to attend the commencement.