Commencement FAQs | Nevada State College

Commencement FAQs

Nevada State College will be holding multiple ceremonies to celebrate the Class of 2020 and 2021 graduates. We will share updates on commencement ceremonies, tickets, and schedules on the College’s commencement website.

When and where is Commencement?

Saturday, June 5, 2021 at the Orleans Arena located at 4500 Tropicana Ave in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ceremony #1 – School of Education & School of Nursing

  • Doors open at 10 a.m.
  • Ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

Ceremony #2 – School of Liberal Arts & Sciences

  • Doors open at 2 p.m.
  • Ceremony begins at 3 p.m.

What COVID-19 protocols will be in place during the events?

Starting June 1, Clark County will lift restrictions involving capacity limits, large gatherings, and social distancing. Under that directive, the Orleans Arena will be able to accommodate the Nevada State College commencement ceremonies on June 5 at full capacity, which means more guests will be able to attend each ceremony. Seating for guests will now be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Since no tickets are required, the tickets issued May 19-21 are invalid and ticket pick-up previously scheduled has been cancelled.

Graduate floor seating will be subject to three-feet distancing. Please do not congregate before or after the ceremony in close groups. We also encourage your guests to remain with their group and practice three-feet social distancing from other groups.

Based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer required to wear a face covering while inside buildings. For individuals who have not fully received a COVID-19 vaccine, wearing a face covering remains mandatory under the law. Even if fully vaccinated, face coverings are an additional tool to limit transmission of COVID-19 and vaccinated individuals may also wish to wear a face covering inside the building.

In addition, all students and guests are reminded to:

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Remain in assigned seats for the duration of the event
  • Restrooms throughout the facility will be open and available

Where can I RSVP for the ceremony?

Registration is closed. The Deadline to RSVP was May 5, 2021.

Do I need to RSVP even if I’m not attending in-person?

Registration is closed. The Deadline to RSVP was May 5, 2021. All graduates, regardless of their intention to participate in-person, will have their name read and grad slide displayed at their assigned ceremony.

Will there be options for me to participate virtually?

Yes. Both ceremonies will be livestreamed and all graduates, regardless of their intention to attend the ceremony in-person will be celebrated. Each graduate will have the opportunity to be recognized with an official slide that can be personalized with your photo and personal message, and which can be downloaded and shared on social media. This slide will also be played during the ceremony for those who are unable to attend in-person. You have the option to upload a photo of yourself to be added to your personalized slide.

Will the ceremonies be streamed for those who can't attend in-person?

Yes, each commencement ceremony will be available via livestream.  We understand the challenges associated with in-person events and want all graduates and guests to feel comfortable.

How will I know where to sit at my ceremony?

Graduates will check in upon arrival and volunteers will be available to direct you where to go from there.

How will I know which ceremony to attend?

Graduates are invited to attend ceremonies by their schools, as follows:

Ceremony #1
School of Education & School of Nursing

Doors open at 10 a.m.
Ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

Ceremony #2
School of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Doors open at 2 p.m.
Ceremony begins at 3 p.m.

Am I able to attend a different commencement ceremony from the one that I am assigned based on my school?

No. You are required to attend the ceremony that you’ve been assigned.

Will graduates cross the stage?

Yes, graduates will be offered the opportunity to cross the stage.

Will I receive my diploma at the ceremony?

No. Diplomas are not handed out at Commencement. Diplomas are ordered once all semester grades have been posted, remaining transcripts have been submitted and entered, and degrees have been posted to the student account. This process typically takes about 4 weeks after the semester ends. Diplomas will be mailed to graduates from the vendor approximately 12 weeks after they are ordered.

How long is the ceremony and can I leave early?

We ask that all graduates remain until the ceremony is over. We are unsure of the length of each ceremony but estimate 90 minutes. Attendees will be released by section to ensure social distancing.

Does each guest require a ticket for entry?

Tickets are no longer required for the event. Effective June 1, Clark County will lift restrictions involving capacity limits, large gatherings, and social distancing. Under that directive, the Orleans Arena will be able to accommodate the Nevada State College commencement ceremonies on June 5 at full capacity, which means more guests will be able to attend each ceremony. Seating for guests will now be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

How do I get my cap and gown?

The NSC Bookstore is selling caps and gowns in-person (stock is limited). Contact the bookstore at (702) 992-2340 for more information.

How do I get my name card for the commencement ceremony?

You will be provided a virtual grad pass via Marching Order. The GradPass will be assigned to the graduate through the Marching Order. Once GradPasses are released, the graduate will receive an email invitation to retrieve their GradPass. The graduate will be able to print out their GradPass (stage cards) from the website. Graduates must print and bring their GradPass to the ceremony. It is critical that all graduates have their GradPass when they get to the stage.

What can I bring to the ceremony?

All persons attending commencement are asked to keep all items to a minimum. All articles brought into the facility will be subject to search, and this may delay persons from entering the Orleans Arena. There are no secure places to store personal items before or during the ceremony. Small personal items such as phones and wallets must be carried in a pocket or a small clear bag held under the gown. The Orleans Arena has a strict clear bag policy in place. Only one Clear Bag per person not larger than 12″x12″x6″ or one small clutch no larger than 6.5″x4.5″ will be allowed into the Arena.

What if I require ADA 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 May 28. Failure to make arrangements with DRC may result in inadequate time to get the necessary accommodations in place.

Where do I park for the ceremony?

Parking will be available at the Orleans Arena free of charge.

Is food allowed in the Orleans Arena?

No outside food or drinks will be allowed into the Orleans Arena. Each guest may bring a factory sealed disposable water bottle.

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