Commencement - Nevada State College

Commencement

2020 Nevada State College Commencement

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 6 p.m.

*Doors open for graduates at 4:30 p.m. and for guests at 5 p.m.

Location

Orleans Arena
4500 W Tropicana Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89103

Parking

Parking is available in the Orleans Arena parking lot and is free of charge.

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Student Information

As a graduating student, you may have a lot of questions about preparing for and attending Commencement. You can find everything you need to know here!

Grad Days

Grad Days is now an online event beginning March 30, 2020 at 8 a.m. We highly suggest that all 2020 graduates participate. This one-stop shop will allow you to complete your graduation and commencement needs. Starting March 30 at 8 a.m., please visit nsc.edu/GradDays to participate!

Senior Survey & Free Cap, Gown, and Tassel Sets

The rules have changed for the free cap, gown, and tassel sets to better accommodate the switch to an online platform for Grad Days. The first 200 individuals who complete the Senior Survey will receive an email within 48 hours from time of completion that you won. When the NS Bookstore reopens, we will arrange for your free cap, gown, and tassel set to mailed to your home or arrange for pickup.

Spring Commencement Deadline

The deadline to make updates to your graduation application is July 1. Failure to adhere to this deadline will result in the student’s name not appearing in the program.

Caps & Gowns

Caps and gowns will be available for purchase at the Nevada State Bookstore beginning on a date to be announced. You will have the option to have your cap and gown shipped to you at no additional cost. To reserve your cap, gown, and tassel set please complete the Senior Survey.

A package for students (cap, gown, and degree tassel) costs $39.98 plus tax. Souvenir tassels will be available in several styles for varying prices. Contact the bookstore at (702) 992-2340 for more information.

Honor Cords

Students who are graduating with honors will obtain their appropriate cords with their cap and gown purchase at the Nevada State Bookstore.

Honor Cord Colors
Summa Cum Laude
Gold
Magna Cum Laude
Silver
Cum Laude
Bronze

Name Cards

You will be issued a name card when you purchase your cap and gown. All students participating in Commencement must have a name card. This name card is what the dean of your school reads when you cross the stage. You must bring this card with you to Commencement.

Announcements

You can order personalized announcements through the Jostens website, or purchase general announcements at the Nevada State College bookstore. For more information, contact the bookstore at (702) 992-2340.

Parking

Parking is available in the Orleans Arena lot and is free of charge.

Pre-Commencement Gathering

All graduates need to arrive at 4:30 p.m. and proceed to the graduate robing area (Gold Rooms). Ushers and volunteers on site will assist you with finding the location. Only graduates are allowed in the robing area. Once there, please line up at the appropriate school flag (School of Education, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences, School of Nursing).

Decorum

Dress and behavior should reflect the honor of the occasion. Remember that graduates will have to walk up and down the stage steps so please wear appropriate shoes.

Tassels

At the beginning of commencement, tassels are worn on the right. Graduates will receive direction from the podium when it is time to move the tassel to the left.

Special Accomodations

Contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at (702) 992- 2180 or drc@nsc.edu to arrange accommodations for any attendees requiring an accommodation, and for special seating for those who may need sign language interpreters. The deadline to contact the DRC is noon on August 7. Failure to make arrangements with DRC may result in inadequate time to get the necessary accommodations in place.

 
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FAMILY INFORMATION

Parking

Parking is available in the Orleans Arena lot and is free of charge.

Assembly of Family & Friends

The doors at the Orleans Arena will open for family and friends to begin seating at 5 p.m. Tickets are not required; however, seating is limited. Ushers will assist with seating.

Decorum

Dress and behavior should reflect the honor of the occasion.

Photography

Photography and videotaping will be allowed during the ceremony. All photographers are reminded to not obstruct the view of the audience. Each graduate will have sufficient time to pause on the stage for photographs.

There will be an official photographer taking pictures as graduates cross the stage.

Special Accommodations

Contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at (702) 992- 2180 or drc@nsc.edu to arrange accommodations for any attendees requiring an accommodation, and for special seating for those who may need sign language interpreters. The deadline to contact the DRC is noon on April 30. Failure to make arrangements with DRC may result in inadequate time to get the necessary accommodations in place.

 
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FACULTY INFORMATION

Academic Regalia

Faculty and staff who have their own regalia are invited to dress and process in the ceremony. If you need to rent regalia, please contact the bookstore by March 31 at (702) 992-2340.

Shipping is free of charge for orders placed on or before March 31. Orders placed after this date will pay express shipping and handling. Orders can be sent directly to sm8078@bncollege.com.

Parking

Parking is available in the Orleans Arena lot and is free of charge.

Pre-Commencement Gathering

Faculty and staff must arrive by 4:30 p.m. to the designated faculty and staff area. There will be volunteers available to assist in finding the correct location. At 5:30 p.m., all faculty and graduates will begin to line up for the procession, which will begin promptly at 6 p.m.

Social Gathering

A short social gathering will immediately follow the ceremony just outside the Orleans Arena. This will give faculty an opportunity to congratulate students and their families.