Volleyball interview vs. Ohio State
Ronnie Green talks about the one-year anniversary of the cascade of major changes in Nebraska due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Green also talks about plans for in-person May commencement in Memorial Stadium.
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[00:00:00.200]Welcome back everybody to the (mumbles).
[00:00:01.840]Getting ready for the rematch, Nebraska
[00:00:04.240]and the Buckeyes, that's shortly.
[00:00:06.240]But first a conversation with our chancellor
[00:00:08.750]and that's chancellor Ronnie Green
[00:00:10.290]of the University of Nebraska Lincoln.
[00:00:11.540]Chancellor, how are you, sir?
[00:00:13.847]I'm great JB, how you doing?
[00:00:15.233]Doing well, one reason is I'm thrilled when you think back
[00:00:18.850]at where we were a year ago
[00:00:20.330]when suddenly the Big 10 basketball tournaments
[00:00:23.010]were canceled and baseball was suddenly canceled.
[00:00:26.730]And what does it mean to the university
[00:00:28.470]and yourself personally that here we are able
[00:00:30.410]to play volleyball and the Husker baseball team
[00:00:32.650]and the softball teams are rolling right now?
[00:00:35.900]Well, you know, JB, this past week was the one year
[00:00:39.920]anniversary of when everything started to, as I refer to it,
[00:00:43.990]the dominoes started to fall that led to the pandemic
[00:00:48.230]and you know, the March Madness announcement that week
[00:00:52.090]last year first, and then followed
[00:00:53.860]by the Big 10 men's basketball tournament
[00:00:55.850]that started but then was canceled.
[00:00:59.030]You'll remember when we played one game in
[00:01:01.220]and and then the tournament was canceled.
[00:01:04.290]So to be here a year later,
[00:01:06.600]the men's basketball tournament going on,
[00:01:08.340]obviously this week,
[00:01:10.350]women's tournament going on this week,
[00:01:12.230]playing volleyball, like we are here today.
[00:01:16.340]And being into the season with our spring sports ahead
[00:01:21.700]is a great place to be.
[00:01:23.050]We're still not there all the way, right?
[00:01:24.730]It'll be a really great place to be when we're fully back.
[00:01:28.650]And we're back to normal for both our athletes
[00:01:33.450]and our fans and for sport, but it's great
[00:01:37.290]to be where we are at this point.
[00:01:40.000]Great to see people getting vaccines delivered.
[00:01:44.190]You know, we had a large number of our university community
[00:01:49.460]get into the vaccination queue this week
[00:01:52.960]which we were really happy to see.
[00:01:54.580]So, the end is near,
[00:01:57.200]getting closer to that normal
[00:01:58.560]and it's great to be even where we are today.
[00:02:00.920]And another sign is your announcement recently
[00:02:03.520]that the May graduation commencement exercises
[00:02:07.850]will be in person in Lincoln.
[00:02:10.410]In fact, at Memorial Stadium.
[00:02:12.360]How did you come to that conclusion
[00:02:13.840]and how will the commencement exercises this year happen
[00:02:17.160]so that it goes by safely and happily for everybody?
[00:02:21.380]Well, we are really excited to host commencement
[00:02:25.720]for the first time since December of 2019, actually.
[00:02:31.250]So the last three commencements,
[00:02:34.565]in May of last year, in August of last summer,
[00:02:36.840]and in December here, more recently
[00:02:39.690]we weren't able to have in-person.
[00:02:41.730]We had virtual conferring of degrees and a TV program
[00:02:47.160]kind of a way of marking that moment and having graduates
[00:02:51.360]from those ceremonies have the chance to come back
[00:02:53.540]and go through a commencement for the real thing.
[00:02:57.100]But, we are excited that in May
[00:02:59.550]we're going to have in person live commencement exercises
[00:03:04.439]and with our graduates and their families.
[00:03:06.892]We'll start with graduate commencement
[00:03:08.720]and with all college commencement on Friday,
[00:03:13.600]May the 7th.
[00:03:14.730]And then that will be followed on Saturday May 8th
[00:03:18.300]with two ceremonies for our undergraduates
[00:03:21.750]in Memorial Stadium.
[00:03:23.000]It'll actually be the very first time
[00:03:24.520]we've ever had commencement in our history
[00:03:28.080]in Memorial Stadium.
[00:03:29.400]So it'll be kind of iconic in a lot of ways.
[00:03:33.030]We tried, you might remember we tried about eight years ago,
[00:03:37.660]this time, the volleyball, it was when the Manning Center
[00:03:40.700]was being reformatted and rebuilt for volleyball
[00:03:45.540]competition and it wasn't finished yet in May of that year
[00:03:50.680]and PBA was not finished yet.
[00:03:52.600]So we didn't have a venue that we normally would use,
[00:03:56.560]and we scheduled undergraduate commencement
[00:03:59.250]to be in Memorial Stadium but it snowed
[00:04:02.020]three and a half inches that night before
[00:04:05.370]and we ended up having a debacle of our hands.
[00:04:07.990]So we're really, really excited
[00:04:09.730]about this for our graduates.
[00:04:12.412]We were seeing it kind of as a coming out party
[00:04:15.330]if you want to think of it that way,
[00:04:17.030]from the other side of the pandemic
[00:04:19.560]and being able to celebrate those achievements
[00:04:22.770]of our graduates with their families.
[00:04:24.280]And you'll be hearing soon,
[00:04:26.870]probably this coming week,
[00:04:28.690]that we're going to be announcing
[00:04:30.230]a quite significant speaker for that event,
[00:04:34.607]as well, that will match up really well to the location
[00:04:38.110]where it's going to be.
[00:04:38.943]So excited for our graduates, excited to be back
[00:04:42.810]at this stage for them to be able to celebrate
[00:04:45.470]this milestone in their life.
[00:04:47.430]And then the summer we're planning to host
[00:04:50.880]a separate ceremony for all of those 2020 grads
[00:04:55.120]who weren't able to be in person
[00:04:56.970]and to have a special event for them as well.
[00:05:01.143]That's our chancellor, Ronnie Green.
[00:05:02.530]When we continue, we'll visit with the head coach,
[00:05:04.570]John Cook, Nebraska and Ohio state shortly.
[00:05:07.720]And you're listening to Big Red Volleyball.
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