Photo: Commencement


Schedule of Events

Student getting diploamaIf you are a guest visiting campus for commencement, please view our guest information.



Friday, May 6, 2016 (Traditional Undergraduate only)

  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm, Senior Awards Convocation, Cathedral
  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm, Senior Reception, Simmons Great Hall
  • 5:00pm – 6:00pm, Baccalaureate, Cathedral


Saturday, May 7, 2016, Commencement

Location (both ceremonies): Bill George Arena
  • 10:00am - Traditional Undergraduate Ceremony (reception is on Friday, May 6th).
  • 2:00pm - Graduate and Degree Completion Ceremony (reception following in Simmons Great Hall)


Questions regarding ordering Regalia:

  • Regalia (cap/gown and/or masters hood), invitations or rings contact the Bookstore directly at 479.524.7195. Regalia can be purchased through the bookstore beginning February 1st until March 18th.  Any orders placed after March 18th will incur a $10 late fee.  Click on the Regalia link to the left for information regarding Regalia dress on Commencement Day.  *The cost of regalia is NOT included in the graduation fee as some students do not participate in the commencement ceremony. 


  • A Herff-Jones representative will be on campus Wednesday, February 24th from 10:00 – 2:00 in front of the bookstore.  He will have specials on class rings and information on invitations and other graduation items.

Regarding commencement procedures or eligibility:

  • Traditional Undergraduate Students: Call Sarah Philpot at (479) 524-7138 or
  • Degree Completion Students: Call Tiffany Lopez at (479) 524-7389 or
  • Master's Students: Call Tiffany Lopez at (479) 524-7389 or
  • If any physical accommodations for guests are necessary, specifically wheelchair assistance or sign interpreter, please contact Kyle Ireland at (479) 524-7400 or email
  • There will be no commencement rehearsal. Students are to familiarize themselves with the Procedures



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