U of A Encourages Graduates, Faculty, Staff, Families, Friends to 'Go Red' Today

#GoRedForGrads2020 is set for May 8.

#GoRedForGrads2020 is set for May 8.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – With in-person commencement ceremonies cancelled for the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Arkansas is paying tribute to members of the Class of 2020 who were scheduled to walk in May.

All of the campus community as well as family members of graduates and friends are encouraged to wear Razorback Red on today, May 8, in honor of this semester's degree recipients.

The Go Red for Grads 2020 day is an opportunity to break out your favorite Razorback gear and show support of all who have worked hard throughout their collegiate careers to achieve the ultimate goal of earning a degree.

Everyone participating in Go Red for Grads 2020 is asked to post photos on social media with the hashtags #GoRedforGrads2020 and #UARK20 and to tag the U of A (@UArkansas) on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, along with the college in which each graduate is earning a degree:

College-Specific Twitter Accounts

  • Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: @BumpersCollege
  • Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design: @FayJonesSchool
  • J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences: @uarkfulbright
  • Sam M. Walton College of Business: @uawaltoncollege
  • College of Education and Health Professions: @uacoehp
  • College of Engineering: @UofA_Engr
  • School of Law: @UARKLaw
  • Honors College: @UARKHonors
  • Graduate School and International Education: @UofAGradSchool
  • U of A Online: @UAGlobalCampus

Razorback Stadium is also scheduled to be lit up in red on May 8-9 starting at 8:20 p.m., or "2020" in military time, for two hours each night in recognition of our spring 2020 degree candidates.

The spring 2020 commencement was originally scheduled for today, May 8, but due to COVID-19 concerns and campus closures, spring graduates will be honored formally on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020.

This semester's graduates will also be honored virtually via a special graduation website that will go live around May 6. This website will feature graduate profiles, a virtual commencement program and video messages from Chancellor Joe Steinmetz, Provost Jim Coleman and the deans of each academic college and school.

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 3 percent of colleges and 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

Robby Edwards, director of communications
Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences
479-575-4625, robbye@uark.edu

John Thomas, manager of university communications
University Relations
479-871-7620, jfthomas@uark.edu

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