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Lincoln Campus Graduation Information

  • 2017 Spring Graduation

    Thursday, June 8, 2017 – Pinnacle Bank Arena

    Doors open at 6 p.m. Ceremony begins at 7 p.m.

    Graduate Check-in begins at 6 p.m.


    All graduates are required to complete the graduation application. Applications are due by the 10th day of the quarter in which you plan to graduate. You will need to complete a separate application for each degree you are applying for.


    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 Registration and Records Office beginning Monday, May, 25. The cap, gown and tassel are the student's to keep. If you receive an honor or veterans cord at check in, these are also yours to keep after the ceremony.


    Announcements are available in the Lincoln Campus Bookstore for 25 cents each.


    Commencement is scheduled for Thursday, June 8, 7 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Enter through the Graduates Only entrance on the southeast corner of the arena (next to the Husker Authentic Store). Report to the graduate check-in area on the ground level beginning at 6 p.m. and no later than 6:45 p.m. (see picture of entrances on last page)

    Please see the Pinnacle Bank Arena website for prohibited items. Pinnacle Bank Arena: A-Z Guide  

    Graduates will not be allowed to carry items into the ceremony. There also will be no secure room for purses, coats, etc. Please leave your personal items with friends or family.

    When you check in before the ceremony you will receive a name card with your name and chair number. Do not lose this card, you will be required to present this card to the reader during the ceremony.

    Graduates are required to remain at the entire ceremony, which will conclude at approximately 8:30 p.m..


    Pinnacle Bank Arena is located at: 400 Pinnacle Arena Drive Lincoln, NE 68508 (Driving Directions)

    Family, friends and other guest are invited and may sit in any non-reserved area, other than the main floor, which is reserved for the graduates.  No tickets are required to attend the graduation.

    Accessible 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, just north of the arena and in the Pinnacle Bank Arena Garage. Access to the north parking areas is from Sun Valley Blvd. to Line Drive. Follow Line Drive to the parking area.  A pedestrian bridge connects the north parking area (Festival Space) to the arena.  (see map)  

    Paid parking is available in the city of Lincoln Public Parking Garages.


    Each graduate will receive an empty diploma cover at the ceremony.  If all grades have been submitted and you have no financial obligation to the College, your diploma will be mailed within two weeks after graduation.  Students will be ushered to the stage alphabetically by program of study.   You will receive a name card at check-in that will be handed to the program reader on the stage.

    Financial obligations to the College must be satisfied before your diploma will be released. Please contact Student Accounts at 402-437-2669 for questions concerning your account.

    Graduates who chose not to participate in the commencement ceremony will receive their diploma by mail within 1-2 weeks. Diplomas will be mailed to the address on the graduation application.

    If you chose to pick up your diploma, please email Lori Vancura at lvancura@southeast.edu by June 8.


    Phi Theta Kappa members are eligible to wear stoles. Please contact Rachel Mason, the PTK advisor at 402 437-2630, or in the Student Center by May 22 for more information. Stoles for PTK members will not be available the day of graduation.

    Kappa Beta Delta members, please contact the Business Division in U4 (402-437-2610) to purchase stoles and tassels or purchase items on the ACBSP website.

    Students graduating with distinction and high distinction will be provided an honor cord when they check in for the ceremony.


    Our graduates who are veterans or active military will receive a red, white and blue honor cord to be worn during the commencement ceremony.  These can be picked up when you pick up your cap and gown or at check-in for the ceremony.


    Graduates who need accommodations, please contact Lori Vancura by May 23 or before, to allow time to establish reasonable accommodations. lvancura@southeast.edu or 402-437-2604.


    We will rent your gowns for you if you don’t have them – this is for ALL SCC employees (faculty & staff) who want to attend the ceremony. If you plan to attend graduation in June and are in need of a gown, please email Lori Vancura with the following information by Friday, April 14th:

    • The name of the college you graduated from
    • The degree you obtained
    • Your program of study
    • Your height

    If you have your own regalia and plan to attend graduation, please email your name to   Lori Vancura. We will need to have enough chairs reserved for the faculty & staff.


    Please contact the Registration and Records Office (402-437-2604) as soon as you determine you are unable to complete your academic requirements for graduation or if you have changed your plans to attend the commencement ceremony.