Due to poor weather conditions and the unavailability of a large enough backup location, May graduates at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln were unable to participate in the normal commencement ceremony at Memorial Stadium.
Now, the university is inviting those students back on August 17, for a commencement ceremony to be held at the new Pinnacle Bank Arena. The commencement ceremonies for those receiving graduate and undergraduate degrees will be held on Aug. 16 and 17, respectively.
ChancellorHarvey Perlman sent out an email invitation Tuesday to the May 4graduates. Graduates who did not receive the email and would like toparticipate in the ceremony can contact Graduation Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A copy of the message follows:
"Dear Graduate (personalized):
"Whenyou received your diploma from UNL in May, the weather stopped our plans forthe traditional commencement ceremony that was to have been held in MemorialStadium. I know many of you, or your parents, were disappointed that you werenot able to walk across the stage. So today I am writing to invite you toparticipate in the University's August 17 commencement to be held at the newPinnacle Bank Arena at 9:30 a.m.
"Ifyou choose to attend, you will be seated with your respective College and willwalk across the stage. You will receive an envelope as though you werereceiving your diploma and your photograph will be professionally taken. If youwant to participate, and no longer have your cap and gown from May, theuniversity will provide those items for you.
"Ifyou would like to participate in the August 17 ceremony, please follow the linkbelow and let us know of your intention by July 8. If you indicate you willparticipate in summer commencement, you will receive a follow-up email withadditional details by July 12 and ceremony instructions by August 10.
"Iknow that many of you may be unable to take advantage of this opportunitybecause you are no longer in Nebraska or are fully engaged with otheractivities. I hope the disappointment of the lack of the formal ceremony didnot detract from your pride in the accomplishment of receiving a degree. Pleasejoin us if you can in August. In any event, you have my best wishes for yourfuture success.
The emailconcluded with a link to an online form to confirm participation in theceremony.