Graduation Information

NOTE: The School of Law Commencement ceremony has been changed to Saturday, May 8, 2021. The safety of our students, their families, and the law school faculty and staff is our highest priority. Please check this website often for additional details, which will be updated as soon as information is received.

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 will receive information about registering their commencement attendance after they apply to graduate.


2021 Law Commencement Details

Please find listed below, important graduation information, instructions and timelines. You are responsible for knowing the details in this document and for complying with the standards, deadlines, and protocols contained within, so please read carefully. The law school is pleased to announce the 2021 law school commencement will be in Barnhill Arena located at 285 N Stadium Drive.

Logistics and Details

Applying for graduation: Graduates can find information about applying for graduation at https://registrar.uark.edu/graduation/applying-to-graduate.php

The deadline to apply for spring graduation is March 1.

Regalia: Graduates should pick up regalia in the University of Arkansas Bookstore. The dates for pick up are typically a few weeks prior to graduation. Please refer to their site for additional details and deadlines: http://uofastore.com/graduation/student.php#

If you are unable to pick up your regalia, please ask a friend to pick it up. The bookstore dates for regalia pickup are final, there will not be other available dates. This is your last chance to pick up your Regalia before graduation or make any last-minute exchanges for sizes. Contact the University Bookstore at 479-575-2155 for more information.

Candidates for degrees must wear regalia appropriate to their degree without added adornment such as markings on mortarboards, beads, or flowers. All graduates are expected to wear the approved, university-issued regalia. Students must be in the appropriate attire to participate in the ceremony.

The official headgear for the commencement ceremony is the doctoral tam. The tams will be ordered through the bookstore for an additional cost. Students will pay the bookstore for their tams when they pick up their regalia. The tam purchase fee is an additional cost not included in the application fee for graduation. There are limited funds available to cover the costs of tams for students not able to pay the extra fee. If this causes a financial hardship, please contact Trish Higinbothom at thiginbo@uark.edu

Commencement Livestream: Commencement ceremonies will be live-streamed via the University of Arkansas YouTube channel. Streaming of the ceremony will show on this page, and we will post all updated information here. Please feel free to share this link with family and friends who cannot attend.

Archived Video: https://www.youtube.com/user/UniversityArkansas

Official Photos: A professional photographer from GradImages will be taking pictures during hooding and awarding of diplomas. In order to obtain the best photo, please face the audience as you are hooded. This will allow the photographer the best angle for a photo. Another photographer will take a photo when Dean McCabe hands you your diploma. A final posed photo with you holding your diploma will be taken once you exit the stage. GradImages will contact you later to arrange for prints. We will place GradImages pre-registration cards in your mailboxes closer to the date of commencement.

Family Photos: Family and friends are welcome to use cameras during the ceremony. We only ask that they stay out of the sightline of the official photographers and videographers.

Guests and tickets for commencement: There is no limit to the number of guests you may invite to commencement. We encourage you to bring as many friends and family members as you wish to invite. However, you will need to register for tickets in order to reserve seats for your guests.

We will provide additional information on how to reserve tickets closer to the date of commencement.

Parking: Free parking is not available at the Walton Arts Center. On commencement day there will be limited parking in the area. It is advisable to carpool if possible. Please visit the Walton Arts Center website for additional information about parking. https://waltonartscenter.org/visit/parking-at-walton-arts-center/

Limited Disabled Seating: We recommend that guests with mobility impairment please contact Trish Higinbothom (thiginbo@uark.edu) no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, to arrange appropriate seating.

Reception Following Ceremony: We invite all graduates and guests to a reception immediately following graduation in the lobby of the Walton Arts Center.

Normally, all commencement activities will conclude by 5 p.m.