By: Megan Palera
More than 2,000 UNL students, and all their friends and family, are looking forward to graduation taking place inside Memorial Stadium. But they better be prepared for plan B.
The university certainly is. As staff packages up all the diplomas, they're also being put inside zip-lock bags because the university knows rain is in the forecast.
"It's springtime in Nebraska so we need to be prepared for anything. What we've been jokingly telling folks is to dress as if you would for a football Saturday," Assistant Registrar Jennifer Verhein said.
It's the first time commencement will be held in Memorial Stadium and outside in the elements. The schools was left with no other choice: the Devaney Center is under renovation and the Pinnacle Bank Arena is still not complete.
"We don't have a space large enough for May commencement that has a roof on it," Verhein said.
Staff hopes Mother Nature doesn't ruin all the pomp and circumstance. But if it does, there will be a one-hour delay for both ceremonies on Friday and Saturday. If the weather is still too rough, the diplomas will be moved to the Hawks Center.
"Our students will graduate this weekend. Their degrees will be awarded. Students will be able to pick up their diploma. That's very important to us," Verhein said.
Ceremonies are scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday for graduate and doctoral candidates, and 9:30 a.m. Saturday for undergraduates. UNL will update its social media sites with the latest information if plans were to change.