LAS VEGAS – The Nevada System of Higher Education’s (NSHE)’s seven degree-granting institutions graduated more than 13,000 students with doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degrees, along with numerous training certificates this spring.
In consideration of the health and well-being of the graduates, their families, and NSHE’s institutions faculty and staff due to the COVID-19 pandemic, commencement ceremonies were delayed and will take on different forms in the coming months. For instance, Western Nevada College will hold two unique Parade of Graduates drive-thru ceremonies that will recognize its more than 600 graduates from the Carson City and Fallon campuses.
“We understand the importance of commencement ceremonies that mark the end of this journey and celebrates the successes of our students, but postponing these events does not now and will never overshadow the significance of the degrees and certificates conferred,” said Chancellor Thom Reilly. “We celebrate you today and will do so together in the near future.”
More than just highly skilled, the graduates of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the University of Nevada, Reno, the College of Southern Nevada, Western Nevada College, Nevada State College, Great Basin College, and Truckee Meadows Community College are culturally and linguistically diverse and strong in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
“Congratulations to all of our graduates,” said Regents Chair Jason Geddes. “This final semester was challenging, but they persevered and graduated under the most disruptive circumstance. We are counting on all of them to help us recover from the pandemic in their field of expertise.”
The Nevada System of Higher Education, comprised of two doctoral-granting universities, a state college, four comprehensive community colleges and one environmental research institute, serves the educational and job training needs of Nevada. NSHE provides educational opportunities to more than 100,000 students and is governed by the Board of Regents.