Spring Commencement

Graduate students will be individually recognized at the All-University Commencement.

Law graduates are honored at their own ceremony on the third Saturday of May.

Undergraduate students are individually recognized at their respective college ceremonies across campus.

Students may register to participate in the spring ceremony when applying to graduate in UAConnect. Students must apply to graduate by March 1st to be included in the spring commencement program. Visit Applying to Graduate for more information on the graduation application process and deadlines.

Students who have a change in participation plans may contact the Office of the Registrar at 479-575-5451 or registra@uark.edu.

Commencement Program

The Spring Commencement program lists graduates from the previous fall term and degree candidates for the current spring term and the upcoming summer term who apply for graduation by the March 1st spring deadline. Students applying for summer graduation must meet this deadline to be included in the spring program.

Programs are compiled the week following the published deadline.


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

All degree candidates are to arrive dressed in their regalia. No adornments and/or ornamentation, including pins, flowers, or brooches, will be allowed on caps and gowns.

Students who have not picked up their regalia yet can do so at the University bookstore. For more details, visit the University Bookstore.

Faculty regalia is also available through the bookstore.


Free parking is available in any unrestricted parking lot on campus. Download a map of all parking areas.

2016 Spring Commencement Ceremonies

Live streaming of the May 13 and 14, 2016 ceremonies in Bud Walton Arena and Barnhill Arena is available. Click on the time for the event to be directed to the live streaming site.

Friday, May 13, 2016

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences   3:00 p.m. Bud Walton Arena         

Saturday, May 14, 2016

All University Commencement   8:30 a.m.      Bud Walton Arena
College of Engineering 12:00 p.m. Barnhill Arena
Sam M. Walton College of Business   1:00 p.m. Bud Walton Arena
Fay Jones School of Architecture+Design   1:00 p.m. Faulkner Performing Arts Center
Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences   3:30 p.m. Barnhill Arena
College of Education and Health Professions   5:00 p.m.  Bud Walton Arena

Saturday, May 21, 2016

School of Law                                                                         2:00 p.m. Fayetteville Town Center

Future Spring Commencement tentative dates


  • May 12 , 2017
  • May 13, 2017
  • May 20, 2017
    • School of Law


  • May 11, 2018
  • May 12, 2018
  • May 19, 2018
    • School of Law

Past Commencement Ceremonies