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

Spring 2020 Commencement ceremonies have been cancelled due to COVID-19.

Spring graduates will be recognized in a combined graduation weekend in conjunction with the fall ceremony set for Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. Depending on the number of spring graduates interested in participating in the fall graduation ceremonies, an additional ceremony could be added on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020.

Students who had applied to graduate this spring will be contacted by the registrar's office regarding their attendance at fall commencement. A message will go to the student's university email account and will be posted on the University of Arkansas Graduation app, which can be downloaded on Google Play or Apple devices. Students will be asked to respond regarding their plans to attend.

The university will also recognize spring graduates online in May as part of an enhanced website. The same commencement information that would have been printed in the program book next to each recipient's name will be included as a part of an online directory currently being developed. Additional details will be released in the coming weeks.

Students who plan to graduate in Spring 2020 still need to complete all degree requirements no later than May 7. In addition, graduate students must submit their thesis or dissertation by May 1. The submission process has been modified to allow for digital submissions but the deadline has not changed.  Graduate students can see procedure changes on the graduation checklist for Spring 2020.

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