Update for students on spring commencement

Feb. 23, 2021

Dear Students,

As we near the one-year mark since the COVID-19 pandemic forced UNLV to shift many of its operations to remote delivery – including most courses and student services – we wanted to recognize you for the grit, determination and commitment you’ve shown and that you continue to demonstrate. We hope that you will look back on this time and feel great pride in overcoming the most challenging of circumstances as you relentlessly pursued your higher education goals. 

We have begun planning for this spring’s commencement ceremonies and wanted to provide an update. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, as well as that of your loved ones, continue to be our highest priority. Due to the continuing public health risks posed by large gatherings, UNLV will not hold in-person commencement ceremonies this spring. Our commencement planning team is working hard to deliver a virtual experience that honors each of our graduates with the spirit and energy of our traditional ceremonies. 

We know not having a traditional commencement ceremony is disappointing news for our soon-to-be graduates and your families, and we are disappointed too. Earning your degree is a momentous achievement for our students and it is the most important day in the life of a university. This culmination of years-long effort remains a very important milestone, even if we must celebrate it virtually. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to weather this pandemic together. 

Warm regards,

Keith E. Whitfield, Ph.D.

Chris L. Heavey, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President and Provost