Spring 2017 Commencement
5:30 p.m. May 13, 2017 | Doors open at 4 p.m. | Bud Walton Arena
The College of Education and Health Professions Commencement can be viewed live at the University's Livestream.com account.
Doors open for guests at 4 p.m. A pre-ceremony concert featuring the Fayetteville Jazz Collective begins at 5 p.m. The ceremony begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. in Bud Walton Arena. All guests should be seated by 5:15 p.m.
All guests will be required to enter through the south entrances of Bud Walton Arena.
Tickets are not required, and there is general seating within the arena. All bags will be checked for security purposes so it is recommended that guests plan to arrive early to avoid a delay in reaching their seats. No wrapped packages or strollers are allowed in Bud Walton Arena. Compact umbrellas will be allowed.
Seating for people with disabilities is available on the concourse level, which is accessible by elevator. Because there are a limited number of disabled seats, only two additional guests may accompany those utilizing the disabled seating. See below for disabled drop-off and parking information.
Standard student regalia is provided as part of the graduation application fee and distributed by the University of Arkansas Bookstore. Final pick up for Student Regalia begins Wednesday, May 10.
All degree candidates are to arrive dressed in their regalia.
Honors students or students who receive distinction will be contacted by the Office of Academic Affairs prior to the end of April with information on how and when to pick up honors cord and/or stoles the student may be eligible to receive.
Free parking is available in any unrestricted parking lot on campus. General parking lots nearby Bud Walton Arena include lots 46, 47N, 47S, 56 and 74 (A, B, C and E). Please review the parking map for these locations.
Disabled drop-off is located at the south entrance of Bud Walton with disabled parking available in lot 60. Please view the parking map for more details.
Check in for degree candidates begins at 4 p.m. under the large white tents near the truck tunnel on the east side of Bud Walton Arena (off West Clinton Drive).
It is the responsibility of the student to review their "Commencement Card" information for accuracy. The card must be taken to the stage during the ceremony for announcement of name and degree information. Any changes to the card information will be reviewed for content by a commencement official prior to crossing the stage.
Students will line up by academic department. Signs will be posted in the truck tunnel to indicate the start of a department's line. After picking up their Commencement Card at the white tents, students should begin lining up in the truck tunnel no later than 5 p.m. for the processional. If students are not in place by 5:20 p.m., inclusion in the ceremony may not be possible.
It is recommended that students make arrangements with their guests or family members to take care of their personal items such as coats, purses, cameras, flowers etc., as they cannot be left behind at the check-in tables. Personal items are not allowed in the student line-up areas or on the arena floor during the ceremony. Also, please arrive to the ceremony wearing your regalia.
Students with special needs who will require accommodations during the ceremony should email Lori Foster by Monday, May 8, so that necessary arrangements can be made.
Degree candidate recipients will be individually recognized during the ceremony. Candidates are escorted to the stage. Once at the platform, they wait for their name to be announced then they advance across the platform to accept the diploma cover in their left hand as they shake hands with a university official. After accepting the diploma cover the candidates will proceed across the stage and follow the line to the photography station. Once the candidate has taken a posed photo, they return to their seats until the ceremony concludes. Note – diplomas are mailed six to eight weeks following commencement, once graduation clearance has been completed by the dean's office.
During the ceremony, tassels are worn on the left side of the cap as degrees are conferred at the All University Commencement ceremony earlier in the day.
Grad Images will be taking photographs of each graduate and will contact the graduates directly, so please update your FERPA restrictions. You may also contact Grad Images by calling 800-261-2576 or by visiting its website.
The Faculty Handbook addresses commencement attendance. The policy states:
At least one-third of the faculty members from each college should attend May and one-third should attend the December Commencement, as predetermined by the dean. Faculty are expected to be present and to take part in the academic procession, unless excused by the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The wearing of appropriate academic regalia is required at such functions.
Faculty must arrive by 5 p.m. and enter through the media entrance located on the south side of Bud Walton Arena. General parking for faculty is available in lots 56, 73, 73A, Stadium Parking Garage and the Meadow Street Parking Garage. Disabled parking is available in lots 60 and 62.
Faculty regalia can be ordered by visiting the University of Arkansas Bookstore graduation section and clicking on Faculty then Rent Faculty Regalia. Faculty and staff must login using their UARK username and password. If faculty have ordered before, their previous order information will be displayed. They can then either edit the information or submit the order. Faculty with no previous order history will have the option to complete their information in the blank fields. All required information will need to be submitted before they can submit their order. All information edits will receive email confirmations as well as all submitted orders. An order is not submitted unless you receive an email confirmation of the submitted order.
Rental Regalia for faculty may be picked up during Graduation Distribution, May 10-13.
Payment for rental regalia is due at the time of pickup. The bookstore accepts cash, check, credit cards and departmental blanket PO (purchase order) numbers. If your department pays for your regalia please have the payment information on hand. Please note: In accordance with university policy the bookstore does not keep department blanket PO information on file.
The deadline to return all rental regalia for Spring Graduation is Friday, May 19, 2017. Returns after this date are subject to a late fee.
After commencement please return all rental regalia (including cap, gown, tassel and hood) to the General Books cashier counter located just to the right of the bookstore's main entrance. Please confirm with the attendant that all items have been returned in full and that there are no issues. You also should receive an email confirmation of the return.