The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is taking a mulligan for its rained-out spring commencement ceremony.
Chancellor Harvey Perlman sent emails to May graduates Tuesday inviting them to participate in the first UNL commencement that will be held in the new Pinnacle Bank Arena on Aug. 17.
Rainy, cold weather led to the cancellation of the May 4 commencement ceremony that had been planned for Memorial Stadium. It would have been the only time on record that commencement had been held in the stadium.
Instead, graduates picked up their diplomas from stations inside the Hawks Championship Center.
“I know many of you, or your parents, were disappointed you were not able to walk across the stage,” Perlman wrote. “So today I am writing to invite you to participate in the University's August 17 commencement.”
As recently as the June 7 meeting of the NU Board of Regents, Perlman was scolded by a graduate's mother-in-law about the canceled ceremony.
In the email, Perlman said UNL would provide caps and gowns to those who no longer have theirs from May.
Participants will be seated with their academic colleges. They will receive an envelope as if they were receiving a diploma and their photograph will be taken by a professional photographer.
Those who wish to participate should notify UNL at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 8.
Perlman said UNL officials recognize that many new graduates will not be able to return for the August event.
“I hope the disappointment of the lack of the formal ceremony did not detract from your pride in the accomplishment of receiving a degree,” he wrote. “Please join us if you can in August. In any event you have my best wishes for your future success.”