UNK to award 631 degrees at commencement Friday
Hundreds of students will be crossing the stage at the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus Friday, closing a chapter of their college career. They will be getting some future advise from the creator of a popular NBC show.
631 graduate and undergraduate degrees will be handed out at the UNK Spring Commencement. It begins at 10 a.m. in the UNK Health and Sports Center.
It will feature Kearney-based filmmaker Jon Bokenkamp, the executive producer and creator of "The Blacklist." He will receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts and deliver the keynote address.
Bokenkamp attended UNK in 1991-93 before transferring to University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, from which he graduated in 1995. A graduate of Kearney High School, he started his career in filmmaking with documentaries on drive-in movies.
Jerromy Cissell of Kearney will give the senior class reflection. He will be graduating cum laude with a bachelor of science in athletic training. He has been an undergraduate research fellow, a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He is a U.S. Army National Guard veteran and served two deployments to Afghanistan, the most recent in 2016.
Because of the number of graduates participating in the exercises, guests should plan to arrive early and to anticipate overflow for late-comers. Doors to the UNK Health and Sports Center will open at 8:30 a.m. Parking in the west lots is encouraged. Visitors with handicap parking permits can park east of the Health and Sports Center. Family members transporting a handicapped person will have access to drop off the person on the east side of the complex but will need to move their vehicle to another lot.
Visitors with wheelchairs can sit in the corner seating sections on the main floor or use the elevator in the northeast corner of the building to sit in the designated section on the arena floor. Individuals who have difficulties with steps should arrive at least an hour early to have access to seats just below the railings on the main floor or to obtain seating on the arena floor. Overflow areas will be available for watching in the HPER gym and HSC 150-151.
For those not attending, you can watch the graduation