Senior Walk

Tradition

Senior Walk is the University of Arkansas’ longest tradition in miles as well as years. The University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville is the only college with a Senior Walk.

Beginning

Stories of the origin of Senior Walk vary, but the most common is that it was begun by the class of 1905. A few years later, the class of 1904 added their names on the sidewalk. Each graduating class since then has had their names engraved in the walk. In 1930, slabs were placed for all of the graduating classes prior to 1904. Originally, the names were stamped by hand, but that changed in 1986 when University Physical Plant employees invented the Sand Hog, a machine designed specifically for the purpose of etching the names in Senior Walk. More than 120,000 graduates are now listed on Senior Walk and counting.

Maintenance

Unfortunately at times repairs are needed to correct or include a name on Senior Walk. Corrections or additions are processed by the Office of the Registrar. If you need to notify us any errors please email us at registra@uark.edu.

The weather plays a large part in our ability to inscribe new Senior Walks as well as completing needed corrections. The list for this years graduates will be inscribed typically in late spring to early summer of the following year. After the new Senior Walk is completed we go to work on the list of corrections or additions for as long as the weather permits. Those submitting a correction may check back periodically with our office to see if their request has been completed.

Campus Construction Impact

Due to construction on campus some portions of Senior Walk are not accessible. For a current list of these impacted Senior Walk years please consult Facilities Management.

Does it cost extra to be included in Senior Walk?

There is no additional cost to graduates to be included in the Senior Walk. Consent must be given to the University of Arkansas to have your name etched. Starting in Fall of 2010 this consent is included in your application process.

On what year will my name appear on Senior Walk?

Graduation occurs the term in which all degree requirements have been satisfied. Although you may walk in the May Commencement you actually graduate in the term in which your degree is conferred. To locate your name on Senior Walk you will want to keep in mind these factors.

YEAR INCLUDES THESE GRADUATION TERMS EXAMPLE
Before 2010 Before 2010 timeline Graduates of Summer 1998 would actually find their names listed on the 1999 Senior Walk
2010 Summer & Fall 2009 - Spring & Summer 2010 Graduates of Summer 2010 will be on the 2010 Senior Walk
After 2010 After 2010 timeline Graduates of Fall 2010 will be on the 2011 Senior Walk

Senior Walk assignment is relative to the Spring term for each academic year.

Where on campus will my name be etched on Senior Walk?

A map is located on the University of Arkansas campus planning website.

How long can my name be?

Names requested for the diploma and the sidewalk are generally the same. However, you should keep in mind there is a space limitation for the sidewalk. The sidewalk name, including degree and appropriate spaces, cannot exceed 22 characters.

Due to the equipment used to sandblast names into the concrete, there are limits as to how many characters are permitted per name. The Senior Walk name field on the graduation application is limited to 22 characters, including spaces, and with no punctuation (other than a hyphenated last name), permitted. The 22 characters are allotted for the students name and do not include the graduate level degree abbreviation following the students name. Bachelor recipients are listed by name only, the degree is not engraved following the name but is implied. If a future graduate degree is earned on our campus by a former undergraduate then that persons name will appear again on the Senior Walk year they receive their graduate degree. There is no limit to how many Senior Walk years a person’s name may be included, but is dependent only upon the receipt of a degree on our campus.

Will my name be automatically added to the Senior Walk?

Degree recipients are listed on Senior Walk as long as permission is granted by the student during the graduation application process. Graduate or Post-Master Certificate recipients are not included on Senior Walk. If the student enrolled in a certificate program graduates from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville with a Masters, EDD, or PhD they will be on the Senior Walk for those degrees. The degree will be listed following their name on the Senior Walk, however their certificate will not be listed.