Student performs at UNLV Creates.


About UNLV Creates

UNLV Creates takes place on Welcome Day the Friday before Fall classes begin. UNLV Creates is the annual academic welcoming ceremony which provides for new students and their families a formal and engaging event that welcomes them to the university, educates them about the transformative opportunities of a college degree, and highlights faculty creativity, inspiration, and discovery.

The event will include an academic convocation in which the university community will welcome the incoming class. During the ceremony, students will also be asked to make a pledge to graduate from UNLV. This tradition signifies the beginning of their college career. This is the only event where students will be given the honorary UNLV Rebel Cord to be worn at their graduation ceremony.

Speaker with Creates sign behind him

Upcoming Events

The upcoming UNLV Creates event has not been announced. Please check back soon.


A convocation is a formal university welcoming event, steeped in tradition, for all incoming students and helps to set the tone for the rest of your time here at UNLV.

UNLV Creates is also  the official kickoff to Welcome Weeks and your first-year at UNLV. You will be welcomed by members of the University community, hear from faculty speakers, and you will receive a Rebel Honor Cord to wear at your graduation.


Students following Business School banner


All incoming Freshman students are required to attend. Transfer and graduate students are invited but attendance is not mandatory.

Up to two guests are also invited to help celebrate the beginning of your college experience.

This event is the ONLY event that you can receive the Rebel Honor Cord to wear at your future graduation or to be eligible for the scholarship drawings. You must be present to receive the cord or to win the scholarship drawing.

Female student wearing I am a Rebel shirt

Location and Parking

This event is held in the Thomas and Mack Center.

Parking for the event is FREE. You may park in White and Black lots next to the Thomas & Mack in STUDENT parking spots only.

Thomas & Mack Center

What to Wear

Undergraduate students are encouraged to wear the red  "I am a Rebel" shirt received at Orientation. Or you may choose to wear the school colors, scarlet and gray.

Please keep in mind that the program will be held in Thomas and Mack, then the venue shifts (outside) to the rest of the welcome day events.  Please dress appropriately for a hot, summer day outside (modest attire requested).

Girl wearing Rebel shirt


You will be seated with your major’s college in the Thomas & Mack in designated sections. Your guests will not be seated with you during the program but you will rejoin them on your march to to your college’s welcome.

Students attend UNLV Creates

Program Duration

Doors for the event will open at 8 a.m., with the program starting promptly  at 9 a.m. The program will last until 10:30 a.m. and you will then be dismissed by college for the next activity.

Speaker at UNLV Creates

How to Plan and What to Bring

Block off that day in your calendar for an inspiring and fun first day at UNLV for yourself and your guests!

Welcome Weeks

Please be sure to bring a reusable water bottle with you for the day. The concession stands are not open for UNLV Creates, but there are water fountains. Stay hydrated in the August heat! There is a BBQ later in the day that will have food and drinks.

Band marching

After the Ceremony

After the ceremony, you will be dismissed by college to walk to your college’s official welcome. Student leaders will be directing you and your guests to the next location.

Welcome Day is full of activities.

Welcome Weeks



This is a ticketed event, meaning you will need to download tickets for yourself and up to two guests through the UNLVTickets website.  You will need your NSHE Number (UNLV Student ID Number) to set up your account. Contact the UNLV ticket office if you have issues with your tickets.

The UNLV ticket office will also be open the morning of the event.

Ticket taker scanning tickets


Should you require special accommodations or have questions regarding the UNLV Creates program you may email Please provide at least two weeks for special accommodation requests.

Speaker at UNLV Creates