graduation

A blank job application on a table with a pen to the side.
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As college students earn their degrees this spring, they are now facing staggering unemployment rates due to the pandemic. In April, Nevada’s unemployment rate was the highest in the nation at 28.2 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. KUNR's Jayden Perez talked with students and staff at the University of Nevada, Reno, about how they are grappling with the drastic changes to the workforce that are still unfolding.

Un collage de fotos de los seis estudiantes nombrados en el subtítulo.
Todas las fotos fueron enviadas por los estudiantes. La hermana de Meza, Cindy Meza, tomó su foto.

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Para miles de estudiantes de preparatoria en todo el estado que están a punto de egresar, la decepción se está haciendo presente. 

A photo collage of the six students named in the caption.
Courtesy of the respective students and Cindy Meza

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For thousands of high school seniors across the state, the disappointments arrived in waves. 

First came the cancellation of planned trips. Then after-school activities and sports. And then, on March 15, Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered school closures statewide — a move that seemed inevitable as the deadly coronavirus tightened its grip on the nation and world. But the safety-minded decision brought sadness mixed with understanding for the Class of 2020.

University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson visits with graduate Jena Valenzuela (center) and Veterans Services Director Terina Caserto.
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It’s graduation season throughout the area. And two weeks ago the quad was packed with thousands of cheering friends and tearful family members seated in rows of white chairs on the green grass amid a sea of black caps and gowns adorned with silver and blue.

The 2016 spring commencement ceremonies featured a University of Nevada, Reno record of 2,710 degrees awarded for undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and medical degrees. And with another record enrollment expected in the fall, this trend is likely to continue for some time.

Ceremony Highlights Women In Science And Math

May 13, 2016
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The University of Nevada, Reno's class of 2016 began receiving their diplomas today in wave after wave of graduation ceremonies running till tomorrow. 

That includes students in the Women in Science and Engineering program, or WISE, who held their own smaller ceremony earlier this week. WISE encourages women to pursue careers in science and math.

Senior Eimi Marrit is a chemical engineering major in the program, which helped keep her motivated.

Graduating Latino Students Celebrated

May 6, 2016

With a steadily growing population  on campus, some 600 Latino students will graduate this month from the University of Nevada, Reno. About 525 will receive undergraduate degrees, nearly 80 will earn masters' degrees, while a number of others will receive their Ph.D's and medical doctoral degrees.

And Friday evening, May 6, at 5:30, the Joe Crowley Student Union will be filled with students, friends, faculty and family for the 2016 Latino Graduate Celebration.

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The Washoe County School District held its annual State of Education address Monday night, and announced a major grant for local schools. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick was there and has more.

Traci Davis took the stage for the first time as permanent superintendent. And she used her opportunity to share some big news.

“Stacie Mathewson, founder and CEO of the non-profit, Transforming Youth Recovery, has announced [that] she intends to fund a 13-year project with $1 million per year.”

Spring 2015 graduates Ruchi Gakhar (left) and Jake Pereira visit with University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines. 5-1-15
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There's excitement in the air on campus as spring graduation nears. The quad on is roped off so the grass can be ready to host the ceremonies. And students are focused and busy as the Spring 2015 Commencement Exercises are fast approaching, May 15-16.

In the spirit of graduation, University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson invited two of the graduates to the KUNR studios for an interview on Beyond the Headlines.