Multiple students smiling at the Commencement ceremony

Lee Business School Commencement

Lee Business School hosts its own independent commencement ceremony at the end of each fall and spring semester. This is an opportunity for our graduates to celebrate with family, friends, students, faculty, and staff from the Lee Business School. Students graduating in Winter 2019 are invited to attend both the Lee Business School and UNLV graduation ceremonies.

The Lee Business School commencement ceremony takes place at the end of both the spring (May) and fall (December) semesters, on the Monday morning following finals week.

Winter 2019 - December 16, 2019 | 10 a.m. | Artemus Ham Hall Theater

LEE Commencement Registration

All students planning to attend the Lee Business School commencement ceremony must register. You may use the link below and register online, or register in-person at a LEE Grad Fest event. See calendar below for event dates.

Past LEE Commencement Ceremonies

Important Dates

Event Title Description Date Time Location
Last Day to Register for LEE Winter 2019 Commencement

Registration to attend the Lee Business School commencement ceremony on Dec. 16, 2019 ends for all graduates planning to attend the event.

Monday, December 2, 2019 (All day)
Lee Business School Winter Commencement 2019

Lee Business School will be hosting its own independent commencement ceremony for Winter 2019 undergraduate and graduate students.

Monday, December 16, 2019 10:00am
Lee Business School Spring Commencement 2019

Lee Business School will be hosting its own independent commencement ceremony for Spring 2020 undergraduate and graduate students.

Monday, May 18, 2020 10:00am

Venue Information

LEE Grad Fest Information

LEE Grad Fest is an event where soon-to-be-graduates can register to attend the LEE commencement ceremony and get questions answered about the process. Students will have the opportunity to register to attend the LEE commencement ceremony, complete their commencement name card, get information about regalia and commencement announcements. LEE Grad Fest activities will take place in the courtyard of Frank and Estella Beam Hall approximately one month prior to commencement. Refer to the calendar above for specific dates and times.

Student Speaker Information

Every semester we look for one or more undergraduate or graduate students to represent their graduating class during the Lee Business School commencement ceremony. If you are interested in speaking on behalf of your graduating class, you must apply to be a student speaker. Each applicant must be sponsored by a Lee Business School faculty member. Questions? Email leegrad@unlv.edu for more information.

Day of Graduation – Information for Graduates

  1. Arrive at 8:30 a.m. at the Judy Bayley Theatre’s front entrance (lobby) for check-in, group photos, and light refreshments. All graduates must wear the approved cap and gown for undergraduates and graduate programs.
  2. Pick up your name card. Your name card is required for line-up.
  3. A series of group photographs will be taken outside of the theatre preceding the ceremony.
  4. Students will line up behind their degree sign. Follow cues from the staff. They will guide you to the correct line and into your seats. Faculty will enter into the theatre first and graduates will follow.
  5. Bring your name card with you when you approach the stage. Hand the card to the marshal at the top of the stage steps, wait for your name to be called, then proceed across the stage for a handshake and photo. Exit the stage.
  6. Please return to your seat for the remainder of the ceremony. At the end of the ceremony, each row will wait until cued by staff to leave. Follow the line out through the side doors and through a faculty line-up into the lobby/reception area.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I get my cap and gown?

All commencement-related materials may be purchased from the UNLV Bookstore. For more information, you can contact them at 702-736-3955.

How do I get my actual diploma?

It will be mailed to the student’s MyUNLV “home” address (or degree address if one has been provided) ten weeks after the ceremony. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they have an accurate/appropriate address on file.

Can I participate in the May commencement if I am due to complete my classes in the summer?

Spring semester graduates should participate in the May ceremony.

If you would like to participate in a ceremony other than the one designated by your graduation term, you may complete the Lee Business School Commencement sign-up form and will be notified via email after the deadline to apply for graduation for that term.

Can I participate in the December commencement if I am due to complete classes in the spring?

Summer and Fall semester graduates should participate in the December ceremony.

If you would like to participate in a ceremony other than the one designated by your graduation term, you may complete the Lee Business School Commencement sign-up form and will be notified via email after the deadline to apply for graduation for that term.

When should I apply for graduation?

Students should apply for graduation two semesters before the expected date of degree completion. For more information about applying for graduation, please refer to the Registrar’s website.

What is the difference between “applying to graduate” and “signing up to participate in commencement”?

The graduation application process involves UNLV staff reviewing a student’s records to determine if he or she is eligible to graduate. After the student applies for graduation, the Registrar’s Office and the appropriate LEE advisors determine if the student has taken the necessary courses and then begin the process that will allow the student to officially graduate (or that informs the student what requirements must still be met in order to graduate). Applying for graduation does not mean that the student has actually graduated (degree conferral occurs after final grades are received). Additionally, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to ensure they take the necessary courses in the appropriate timeframe. This process should not be confused with the process of signing up to participate in commencement.

A separate registration will be available to register for attendance in the Lee Business School commencement ceremony. You must apply for UNLV graduation first, then apply for participation in the ceremony.

Is there a charge to apply for graduation? What is a student account?

Upon enrollment, a student account is set up by Cashiering and Student accounts for every UNLV student. Upon applying for graduation, a charge of $75 will be applied to your account. An additional $20 will be applied if you are applying late. Payment may be made in the MyUNLV Student Center.

Can graduates attend both the Lee Business School commencement ceremony and the UNLV commencement ceremony?

Winter 2019 graduates are encouraged to attend both events.

Guest Seating Information

Commencement seating for guests is on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no reserved seats, except for the graduates. Seating area opens at 9 a.m. Saved seating will not be permitted.  All guests are encouraged to take their seats by 9:45 a.m. as the academic procession begins at 10 a.m. An overflow auditorium near the theater will be available to view the commencement via live stream.

  • Tickets are not required for this event.

Parking Information

Free parking will be available the day of commencement on the 2nd–6th floors of the parking garage off of Cottage Grove, closest to Artemus Ham Hall. However, parking will be enforced in the metered and reserved spaces.