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UNLV Celebrates 50th Commencement at Thomas & Mack Center May 19

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Nearly 3,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students eligible to participate; Watch it live.
Campus News  |  May 15, 2013  |  By Afsha Bawany
Media Contact: UNLV Office of Media Relations (702) 895-3102
UNLV's commencement at the Thomas & Mack Center will feature two ceremonies on May 19. (R. Marsh Starks / UNLV Photo Services)
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A slideshow of past UNLV commencements is on our News Center. Get a glimpse at the graduation excitement in this timelapse video from previous ceremonies.


University of Nevada, Las Vegas will mark its 50th commencement ceremonies with the graduating class of 2013.


Sunday, May 19, beginning at 9 a.m.

9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - colleges and schools of Law, Fine Arts, Allied Health Sciences, Community Health Sciences, Nursing, Liberal Arts, Sciences, Urban Affairs and the Graduate College

2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - colleges and schools of Dental Medicine, Business, Education, Engineering, Hotel Administration and the Graduate College


Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV


UNLV's first graduating class, in 1964, had 29 students. Nearly 3,000 UNLV undergraduate, graduate, and professional students are eligible to participate in this year's spring commencement ceremonies. The grads range in age from 18 to 88. UNLV graduates represent 38 states and 62 countries.

UNLV President Neal Smatresk will honor four outstanding graduates during the morning ceremony and five during the afternoon ceremony for their academic and community achievements.

In addition, Smatresk will also recognize William H. "Bob" and Anna L. Bailey and Robert D. Faiss during the morning ceremony and pastor Paul Goulet during the afternoon ceremony as Distinguished Nevadans for their contributions to the community and support of higher education.

At the morning ceremony, an honorary degree will be awarded to Samuel S. Lionel, partner and founder at the law firm Lionel Sawyer & Collins. During the afternoon ceremony, an honorary degree will be awarded to James Christian "Jimmy" Kimmel, a former UNLV student and talk show host of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

Social Media

Commencement will also stream live at

Join us in congratulating our newest alumni on Twitter with the hashtag #UNLVGrad or on our Facebook page. For full ceremony details, visit the commencement website or call (702) 895-3229.


Floor access during commencement is limited to participants and media with UNLV commencement credentials only. Media can reserve a UNLV commencement credential by calling Afsha Bawany (a.m. ceremony) at (702) 510-4628, or Megan Downs (p.m. ceremony) at (702) 349-9509.