December 2020 Commencement with social distancing

Spring 2021 COEHP Commencement

Commencement is an important recognition of a significant milestone in a student’s academic journey and allows the institution to realize its ultimate mission.

As with most everything else this year, spring 2021 commencement ceremonies will look different as required to keep everyone as safe as possible. Foremost, attendance by students and guests will be very limited, tickets will be required for both students and guests, the ceremonies themselves will be condensed, and all protocols set forth by the Arkansas Department of Health and the University of Arkansas will be followed. While each college's ceremony may be slightly different, the following items provide important information for all students and guests.

Commencement ceremonies — split for social distancing — will be Saturday morning, May 8, at Bud Walton Arena. Students of the College of Education and Health Professions are assigned one of two ceremonies:

  • 9 a.m. — Degrees in Communication Disorders, Nursing, Elementary Education, Childhood Education, Career and Technical Education, Bachelors Arts in Teaching, Educational Studies, and Special Education will be recognized at this time.
  • 11 a.m. — Degrees in Exercise Science/ Kinesiology, Public Health, Recreation and Sport Management, Physical Education and Health, and Human Resource and Workforce Development will be recognized at this time.

Any person — graduates, guests or officials and volunteers — who tests positive for COVID-19 should not attend.

Key details about the spring 2021 COEHP ceremonies:

  • All guests, students and staff will be required to social distance. Face coverings are required for all people present, except for children under 10 years of age. Face coverings are strongly encouraged for children between the ages of 2 and 9 years. Seating is limited to students and guests, and tickets will be required.
  • Students and guests are to print the tickets and bring them to their ceremony.
  • Family members and other guests can begin leaving the arena once their graduate is recognized.
  • At the conclusion of each ceremony, students and families are encouraged to disperse from the arena area as quickly as possible to avoid crowding.
  • No concession stands will be open during the ceremonies. Guests will be allowed to bring water into the arena.
  • All ceremonies will be streamed live on YouTube for those who cannot attend.

The Office of the Registrar offers updates and general information, including parking and security details, for all graduation ceremonies.


Spring 2021 graduation applicants should have purchased regalia through University Bookstore. All students will need to have their own regalia to participate in Commencement.

The Registrar's Office has further information on how to order and pick up regalia.