Spring 2019 Commencement

5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2020 | Doors open at 4 p.m. | Bud Walton Arena

Spring 2015 CommencementGeneral ceremony information can be found on NewsWire and further details at the Registrar's Spring Commencement page.

Commencement can be streamed live at the UA YouTube Channel.

All guests are required to enter through the south entrance of Bud Walton Arena.

Tickets are not required, and there is general seating within the arena. All bags will be checked for security, so guests are advised to plan to arrive early to avoid a delay in reaching their seats. No balloons, wrapped packages or strollers are allowed in Bud Walton Arena. Compact umbrellas will be allowed. Checking the full list of prohibited items is advisable.

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 seating for the disabled. See below for drop-off for the disabled and related parking information.

The College of Education and Health Professions will have related programs for graduation. These will be detailed in a few weeks.


Standard student regalia is provided as part of the graduation application fee and distributed by the University of Arkansas Bookstore

All degree candidates are to arrive dressed in their regalia.


Free parking is available in any unrestricted parking lot on campus. General parking lots near Bud Walton Arena include lots 46, 47N, 47S, 56 and 74A. Disabled drop-off is located at the south entrance of Bud Walton with disabled parking available in lot 60. The Fall Commencement parking map (PDF) indicates these locations.

Student Check-In

Check in for degree candidates starts 90 minutes before the program at the west entrance of Bud Walton Arena.

The University of Arkansas now offers updated information on graduation and commencement through a free smartphone app, which can be downloaded from Google for Android phones or Apple for iPhones.

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.


Degree candidate recipients will be individually recognized during the ceremony. Candidates are escorted to the stage. Once at the platform, they wait for their names 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.