UNL Graduation Weekend

Posted By: Camila Orti

Let those caps fly; nearly 3,000 students are officially UNL grads.

This year’s spring graduation ceremonies kicked off Friday afternoon and ended Saturday morning with undergraduate commencement.

“I’m excited, I’m a little sad because it’s been a fun four years, but definitely ready,” UNL graduate Amanda Winterstien said.

“I’m just happy it’s finally done,” UNL graduate Zachary Nold added.

About 1,800 undergraduate students walked across the Pinnacle Bank Arena stage for their diplomas. The new grads weren’t the only ones smiling.

“Anytime your child finds what they want in life and goes after it, it’s a wonderful accomplishment,” Mom Joan Nold said.

While seeing parents at graduation ceremonies isn’t uncommon, it certainly wasn’t a given for architecture graduate Matt Masten. He says he feels lucky to have been able to wave at his mom in the crowd.

“I just looked up and it was just speechless, where I could just not fathom that,” Masten said.

Connie, Matt’s mother, was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and given three months to live. She had open heart surgery a few weeks ago, determined to make it to her son’s graduation. She did.

“Having her here, physically, was the best part,” Masten said.

New this year, grads and their families were invited to the Railyard for a post-graduation celebration hosted by the Alumni Association. Music and drink specials were part of the festivities.

Undergraduates weren’t the only ones celebrating. UNL handed out approximately 600 masters and doctorate degrees.