Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement Ceremonies

Commencement, Spring 2016.
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Commencement, Spring 2016.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas commencement ceremonies will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 12-13, for undergraduate students and graduate students. School of Law commencement is traditionally held a week later, and law students will attend their ceremony on Saturday, May 20.

The ceremonies will be held at Bud Walton Arena, Barnhill Arena, the Faulkner Performing Arts Center and the Fayetteville Town Center.

So far 4,194 students have registered to take part in the ceremonies.

Free parking is available on campus for family and guests attending the ceremonies in any unrestricted parking lot. The campus parking map shows all available parking, as well as parking reserved for people with disabilities.

For those attending the School of Law commencement there is limited free parking available in the Town Center garage and around the Fayetteville Square.

Guests with mobility impairments may be dropped off near the entrances to either Walton and Barnhill Arenas, where six of the ceremonies are being held. For accommodations at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center call 479-575-2763 or email melindas@uark.edu. For accommodations at the Town Center please contact 479-575-4436 or email payne@uark.edu.

Reserved seating is available for people with mobility impairments at all commencement locations.

Normal security precautions will be taken at each of the commencement locations. All guests attending a ceremony will be required to pass through a security checkpoint. Cameras and personal items such as handbags will be inspected. Please allow extra time for this process. Please do not bring baggage, balloons, wrapped packages, backpacks, strollers or noise-makers to the ceremony.

For those who can’t attend the ceremonies live video streaming will be available for ceremonies in Bud Walton Arena and Barnhill Arena. See below for details.

Additional information on all commencement ceremonies is available on the commencement website.

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES

FRIDAY, MAY 12

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences  

  • 3 p.m., Bud Walton Arena, doors open at 1:30 p.m. 
  • All guests should enter through the south entrance.
  • Speaker: Ariel Romero, a Fulbright College honors student pursuing a degree in studio art with an emphasis in graphic design. 
  • 1,017 students are expected to attend.
  • Live streaming

SATURDAY, MAY 13

All University Commencement  

  • 8:30 a.m., Bud Walton Arena, doors open at 7:15 a.m.
  • All guests should enter through the south entrance.
  • Honorary degrees: Judge L. Clifford Davis (retired), William T. Dillard II.
  • Speaker: Rev. Becca Stevens, founder and president of Thistle Farms, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • 909 students are expected to attend.
  • Live streaming

College of Engineering

  • 12 p.m., Barnhill Arena, doors open at 11 a.m.
  • All guests should enter through the upper deck of the south entrances.
  • Speaker:  Adam Monroe, ’88, president Novozymes Americas
  • 425 students are expected to attend.
  • Live streaming

Sam M. Walton College of Business  

  • 1 p.m., Bud Walton Arena, doors open at approximately 11:30 a.m.
  •  All guests should enter through the south entrance.
  • Speaker: Ed Wilson, BSBA ’80, CEO/Founder Dreamcatcher Media, LLC
  • 787 students are expected to attend.
  • Live streaming

Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design  

  • 1 p.m., Faulkner Performing Arts Center, doors open at noon
  • All guests should enter through the Garland Avenue entrance.
  • Speaker: Cheryl S. Durst, executive vice president and CEO, International Interior Design Association of Chicago, Illinois
  • 58 students are expected to attend.
  • No live streaming is available.

Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences  

  • 3:30 p.m., Barnhill Arena, doors open at approximately 2:30 p.m.
  • All guests should enter through the upper deck of the south entrances.
  • Speakers: Outstanding Alumnus John Paul Pendergrass, co-owner of Pendergrass Cattle Co. in Charleston; Outstanding Young Alumna Courtney Meyers, associate professor of agricultural communications, Texas Tech University
  • 304 students are expected to attend.
  • Live streaming

College of Education and Health Professions  

  • 5:30 p.m., Bud Walton Arena, doors open at 4 p.m.
  • All guests should enter through the south entrance.
  • Speaker: Sandra Keiser (Sandy) Edwards, deputy director of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and former associate vice chancellor for development at the University of Arkansas.
  • 566 students are expected to attend.
  • Live streaming

SATURDAY, MAY 20

School of Law                                                                        

  • 2 p.m., Fayetteville Town Center, doors open at noon.
  • All guests please enter through the north entrance
  • Speaker: Kristine Gerhard Baker ’96, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
  • 126 students are expected to attend.
  • Live streaming

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among only 2 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.

Contacts

Dave Dawson, registrar
Office of the Register
479-575-5057, daved@uark.edu

Steve Voorhies, manager of media relations
University Relations
479-575-3583, voorhies@uark.edu


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