Nebraska to grant nearly 1,500 degrees in December

Pinnacle Bank Arena will host commencement ceremonies Dec. 15 and 16. | Craig Chandler, University Communication
Pinnacle Bank Arena will host commencement ceremonies Dec. 15 and 16. | Craig Chandler, University Communication

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will confer about 1,500 degrees during commencement exercises Dec. 15 and 16 at Pinnacle Bank Arena, 400 Pinnacle Arena Drive.

The arena will host a ceremony for students earning graduate and professional degrees at 3 p.m. Dec. 15 and one for those earning bachelor's degrees at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 16.

Gwendolyn M. Combs, associate professor of management in the College of Business, will deliver the address at the graduate and professional degrees ceremony.

Combs' scholarship focuses on the dynamics of human resource management, diversity and inclusion practices on organizational outcomes, and employee behaviors and wellbeing. She teaches a variety of courses in human resource management and advises students interested in the field. Her scholarly publications and conference presentations center on individual identity and inter-group behaviors, workplace equality, and organizational environments for diversity and inclusion. Combs also assists organizations in developing and integrating human resource programs and policy, diversity and inclusion initiatives and diversity training. She holds leadership roles in several professional and service organizations, including being chair of the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of People of Color. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Wellesley College, a Masters in Business Administration from Washington University and a doctoral degree from Nebraska.

Chancellor Ronnie Green will preside over the commencement ceremonies.

No tickets are required for the ceremonies. The public may sit in any non-reserved seats other than on the main floor, which is set for graduates, faculty and dignitaries. Handicap seating is available on the concourse level in Sections 106, 107, 112, 114, 117 and 118. Beverage stands will be open. Open captioning for people with hearing impairment will be provided through the ribbon screens at the corners of the arena concourse level. For Pinnacle Bank Arena seating charts, click here.

Guest services and first aid will be on Level 3 at Gate 112.

Paid parking, including handicap spaces, is available in Haymarket area garages and on the street. Parking in the Red 1 Garage, 555 R St. at $3 per vehicle, can be reserved and paid in advance through the City of Lincoln website. Pinnacle Bank Arena's north lobby entrance will not be open for commencement.

A drop-off area for mobility-restricted guests will be available on the south side of the post office building, 700 R St., directly east of Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Parking maps are available here.

Graduating students are to check in at 2 p.m. for the Dec. 15 ceremony and 8 a.m. for the Dec. 16 ceremony. Graduates and their guests are asked to stay for the entire ceremony. The ceremonies will be streamed here and broadcast live on Spectrum channel 1303, Allo channel 23 and Kinetic channel 1080.

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