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 degree candidates for the current spring term and upcoming summer graduates that have applied to attend the spring commencement. Students applying for spring graduation or spring commencement must meet the March 1st deadline to be included in the spring program.

Programs are compiled the week following the published deadline.

University of Arkansas Graduation App

Students are encouraged to download the University of Arkansas Graduation app on Google Play or Apple devices for details on graduation and commencement including useful information about applying to graduate, attending commencement, and receiving the diploma.  

Family, friends, and other guests will find helpful information such as commencement schedules, parking maps, live streaming and the list of prospective graduates.

Regalia

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

Students are highly encouraged to pre-order regalia to ensure correct colors and sizes are available. Students who have not pre-ordered will still be able to pick up regalia during the Grad Salute and Grad Distribution events, but the Bookstore cannot guarantee that exact sizes and colors will be available.

All degree candidates are to arrive dressed in their regalia.

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.

Guests

Tickets are not required and there is general seating within each 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 or Barnhill Arena. Compact umbrellas will be allowed. Click here for a complete list of prohibited items inside the University of Arkansas athletic facilities.

Addresses of the buildings used for commencement ceremonies are listed below.

  • Bud Walton Arena: 1270 Leroy Pond Dr, Fayetteville, AR 72701
  • Barnhill Arena: 285 Stadium Dr, Fayetteville, AR 72701
  • Faulkner Performing Arts Center: 453 Garland Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701
  • Walton Arts Center: 495 W Dickson St, Fayetteville, AR 72701

Parking

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

2020 Spring Commencement Ceremonies

The University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees voted to postpone all spring commencement ceremonies until after June 1. While we remain committed to honoring our graduates, we understand this postponement is extremely disappointing. We will continue to assess the situation and provide an update regarding commencement ceremonies later this spring.

This postponement only impacts the commencement ceremonies. Students will still earn their degrees and receive their diplomas at the end of this semester, consistent with academic policy and standards.

Please continue to check the university's Coronavirus Update site for updates.

Future Spring Commencement tentative dates

2021

  • May 7 - 8, 2021
  • May 15, 2021
    • School of Law

2022

  • May 13 - 14, 2022
  • May 21, 2022
    • School of Law

Past Commencement Ceremonies