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University of Nevada, Reno hosts graduation ceremonies

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The University of Nevada, Reno's 2014 spring commencement will confer 2,251 degrees and certificates. There will be three ceremonies, one for advanced-degree recipients Friday afternoon and two for bachelor-degree recipients on the mornings of Friday and Saturday. All three ceremonies will be held on the University's historic Quadrangle, located on the southern part of campus.

Academic programs participating in the first undergraduate ceremony Friday will be the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Education and Division of Health Sciences.

Saturday, the second undergraduate ceremony will include the academic programs of the Reynolds School of Journalism, College of Liberal Arts and College of Science.

Both undergraduate ceremonies will have the same format: graduate check-in begins at 7:15 a.m. on the Jot Travis Lawn, and the ceremony procession will begin at 8:15 a.m. Students receiving dual degrees are welcome to attend both baccalaureate ceremonies. The Herz Gold Medal for Outstanding Scholarship will be awarded to James Bridegum, computer science and engineering major, during Friday morning's ceremony.

The advanced-degree ceremony, for master's and doctoral degrees awarded by all colleges, will be Friday with line-up at 4:45 p.m. The approximately one-hour-long ceremony includes the presentation of the Distinguished Nevadan awards.

During the university's commencement ceremonies this year, 1,739 bachelor degrees and 512 advanced-degree certificates (master's and doctoral degrees and education specialist certificates), will be awarded. The University has seen a 23 percent increase in graduates since 2007 due to increased enrollment and improved graduation rates.

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Last year, the university changed from one to two undergraduate ceremonies to better accommodate the dramatically larger crowds that have resulted from increased enrollment and improving graduation rates. The decision to host an additional undergraduate ceremony follows considerable input from faculty, staff, students and guests at these events.

Free public parking is available in the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex and the West Stadium Parking Complex, both accessible off Virginia Street. The Nevada Wolf Shop inside the Joe Crowley Student Union will be open from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday.

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