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UNR spring graduation starts Thursday

This Spring the University of Nevada, Reno will confer 2,808 degrees.

A total of 2,808 degrees will be conferred at The University of Nevada, Reno's 2017 spring commencement ceremony. The commencement exercises will take place over four ceremonies in three days — Thursday, Friday, and Saturday — and will be on the university's quad, located on the southern part of campus. Each ceremony focuses on particular colleges. Both undergraduate and graduate degrees from each of those colleges are granted during the ceremonies.

5 p.m. Thursday: College of Engineering, Orvis School of Nursing and College of Science

8 a.m. Friday: College of Business and the Division of Health Sciences

5 p.m. Friday: College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources and the College of Education

8 a.m. Saturday: College of Liberal Arts and the Reynolds School of Journalism

Students receiving dual degrees may participate in more than one ceremony.

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The Herz Gold Medal for Outstanding Scholarship will be awarded to Anita Savell, electrical engineering major, during Thursday afternoon's ceremony. Friday afternoon, Mitch Hitchcock will be recognized with an honorary degree recognizing his significant and long-time contributions to the university, and alumna Mary O. Simmons will be awarded the President's Medal, which was introduced at the inauguration of President Joseph Crowley in 1979. Also, on Friday afternoon, Donald Carano and Tyrus W. Cobb will be honored as Distinguished Nevadans. The Distinguished Nevadan represents the most prestigious award conferred by the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education.

During the university's commencement ceremonies this year, 2,278 bachelor degrees, 469 advanced-degree certificates (master's and doctoral degrees) and 61 University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine degrees will be awarded.

The university awarded 2,649 total degrees last spring and has seen a 50 percent increase in degrees conferred since 2010, due to increased enrollment and improved graduation rates.

Free public parking is available in the West Stadium Parking Complex and the Blue and Green surface lots.

Shuttles will be available two hours before each ceremony. The Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex will be available for handicap parking.

Because of construction on North Virginia Street and the increased traffic seen around commencement ceremonies, the public is strongly encouraged to allow extra time and arrive early.