Graduation Information

May 20, 2017, 2:00 p.m., Fayetteville Town Center

The speaker for the 2017 School of Law commencement ceremony will be the Honorable Kristine Gerhard Baker, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas.


Below are a few important details about the weekend of graduation.

Friday, May 19, 2017

4:00 p.m. - Mandatory Graduation Meeting

There is a mandatory graduation meeting on Friday, May 19, at 4:00 p.m. in the E.J. Ball Courtroom. We will discuss very important information about graduation logistics and you will complete the paperwork required before you can receive your degree.

5:00 p.m. - Awards Ceremony

Awards and Honors will be presented on Friday, May 19, at 5 p.m. in the E.J. Ball Courtroom. Family members and guests are encouraged to attend.

6:00 p.m. - Graduate Family Reception

A Graduate Family Reception will be held on Friday, May 19, at 6:00 p.m. in the Richard B. Atkinson Memorial Courtyard and the Norma Lea Beasley Entrance Hall (rain or shine). Again, family members and guests are encouraged to attend.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

1:00 p.m. - Commencement Arrival

Graduates, please ARRIVE AT THE TOWN CENTER NO LATER THAN 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, wearing your cap and gown. We will need the time to get everyone checked in and lined up to begin the ceremony at 2 p.m.

2:00 p.m. - Commencement Ceremony

The School of Law commencement exercise will begin promptly at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 20.


The School of Law commencement exercise will begin promptly at 2:00 on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Graduates, please ARRIVE AT THE TOWN CENTER NO LATER THAN 1:15 PM wearing your cap and gown. Carry your hood over your right arm. Note: Graduates will be “hooded” during the ceremony. Faculty Hooders will be announced.

Graduates should follow signage and proceed to the north corridor to line up. All graduates and guests who are carrying bags may be searched at the door. We recommend that you do not bring backpacks, large bags, or additional items that may delay entry. Graduates must leave personal belongings with family and friends since you will not be allowed to carry items during the ceremony.


Graduates should pick up regalia in the UA Bookstore in February (dates and times will be available on the University Bookstore website.

If you are unable to pick up your regalia, please ask a friend to pick it up. The bookstore dates for regalia pick is final, there will not be other available dates. Contact the University Bookstore at 479-575-2155 for more information. Candidates for degrees must wear robes appropriate to their degree without added adornment such as markings on mortar boards, beads, or flowers.

Other Important Information

Commencement Livestream

Commencement ceremonies will be live streamed to the web at

Please feel free to share this link with family and friends who cannot attend. NOTE: The link will not be active until just before the ceremony.

Official Photos

A professional photographer from Grad Images 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 photo will be taken when Dean Leeds hands you your diploma. Grad Images will contact you later to arrange for prints. We have placed cards in your box with instructions to pre-register for photos.

Family Photos

Family and friends are welcome to use cameras during the ceremony. We only ask that they stay out of the sight line of the official photographers.


There is no limit to the number of guests you may bring with you. We encourage students to invite as many friends and family members as you wish.


On commencement day there will be limited parking below the Town Center in the parking garage and around the Fayetteville Square.

Limited Disabled Seating

We recommend that guests with mobility impairment please contact Michele Payne at

Reception Following Ceremony

Everyone is invited to the reception immediately following graduation on the terrace surrounding the Town Center.