The University of Arkansas fall commencement ceremony begins at 9:00 a.m. on the third Saturday of December. It recognizes graduates of every college on campus in one unified ceremony.
Fall graduation candidates must apply to graduate by the October 1st deadline to be included in the commencement program.
Students who graduated in the summer or have applied to graduate in the fall are invited to participate in the fall commencement ceremony. Students are permitted to walk in commencement once per degree.
If you have a change in your participation, please notify the Office of the Registrar at email@example.com, or 479-575-5451.
2016 Fall Commencement Ceremony
December 17, 2016 | 9:00 a.m. | Bud Walton Arena
The ceremony will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. in Bud Walton Arena with a pre-ceremony concert beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. Guests should be seated by 8:45 a.m.
All guests will be 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 purposes, so it is recommended that guests 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. Click here for a complete list of prohibited items inside the University of Arkansas athletic facilities.
Disabled seating 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.
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 general 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 disabled parking map for more details.
All students should check in at the tables located at the West entrance of Bud Walton Arena beginning at 7:30 a.m. All students must be lined up by 8:30 a.m. Students who arrive after 8:30 a.m. will still be able to participate in the ceremony, but may not be able to process in with the rest of the graduating students.
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 contact Amanda Cantu by Friday, December 9th at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 479-575-5809, so that necessary arrangements can be made.
Faculty who are NOT escorting a doctoral student should arrive by 8:30 a.m. and enter through the media entrance located on the South side of Bud Walton Arena. From there, faculty will go downstairs to the hallway by the media room.
Faculty who ARE escorting a doctoral student need to go directly to the student check-in tables at the West entrance of Bud Walton Arena. Faculty will line up with their student(s). Escort check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. All faculty and students should be in line by 8:30 a.m. Faculty and students who arrive after 8:30 a.m. will still be able to participate in the ceremony, but may not be able to process into the arena with the rest of the graduating students.
If you are escorting a graduate, you must contact Amanda Cantu at the Graduate School at email@example.com or 479-575-5809 to arrange the appropriate line-up assignment. You will line up and walk with your student, not with the general faculty group.
General parking near Bud Walton Arena is available in lots 56, 46, 47, and the Meadow Street Parking Garage. Disabled parking is available in lot 60.
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.
Learn more about regalia.
Graduate, Law and Undergraduate degree recipients will be individually recognized at the fall ceremony. Candidates are escorted to the stage with their college. Once at the platform, they wait for their name to be announced, then they will 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 candidates have taken a posed photo, they will return to their seats until the ceremony concludes.
Grad Images will be taking photographs of each graduate and will contact graduates directly, so please update your FERPA restrictions. You may also contact Grad Images by calling 1-800-261-2576 or by visiting their website.
Future Fall Commencement tentative dates:
- December 16, 2017
- December 15, 2018
Past Fall Commencement Ceremonies: