Graduation Information

2020 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 2020 law school commencement will be in the Walton Arts Center located at 495 W. Dickson Street, Fayetteville.

Graduation Weekend Schedule at a Glance

May 15

4:15 p.m. – Mandatory Graduation Meeting – E.J. Ball Courtroom

4:55 p.m. – Class Photo – Norma Lea Beasley Entrance Hall

5:00 p.m. – Honors and Awards Ceremony – E.J. Ball Courtroom

5:30 p.m. – Graduate and Family Reception – Richard B. Atkinson Memorial Courtyard

May 16

12:30 p.m. – Student arrival and Commencement Rehearsal – Walton Arts Center

2:00 p.m. – Commencement Ceremony – Walton Arts Center

4:00 p.m. – Commencement Reception – Walton Arts Center


Graduation Weekend Schedule Details

Friday, May 15, 2020

University of Arkansas School of Law — 1045 W. Maple Street

4:15 p.m. – Mandatory 3L “Dis-Orientation” Meeting – E.J. Ball Courtroom

There is a mandatory graduation meeting for those students participating in the graduation ceremony. The meeting is scheduled for Friday, May 15, at 4:15 p.m. in the E.J. Ball Courtroom. We will discuss very important information about graduation logistics and we will have you complete the paperwork required before you can receive your degree. Please come dressed appropriately for all Friday events. You will not have time to change clothes between events.

4:55 p.m. – Class Photo – Norma Lea Beasley Entrance Hall

We took your class photo in the atrium during the first few days of orientation. Three years later, we will recreate that moment and take your final class photo together. Students will gather in the atrium for their photo immediately following the Mandatory Graduation Meeting. The class photo will be posted to the law school’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

5:00 p.m. – Honors and Awards Ceremony – E.J. Ball Courtroom

Awards and Honors will be presented on Friday, May 15, at 5 p.m. in the E.J. Ball Courtroom. Family members and guests are encouraged to attend.

5:30 p.m. – Graduate and Family Reception – Richard B. Atkinson Memorial Courtyard

A Graduate and Family Reception will be hosted by Dean McCabe on Friday, May 15, at 5:30 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 16, 2020

NEW VENUE FOR 2020: Walton Arts Center — 495 W Dickson Street

9:00 a.m. – Student commencement rehearsal

Graduates, please ARRIVE AT THE WALTON ARTS CENTER NO LATER THAN 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, for commencement rehearsal. Casual dress is fine for rehearsal and you will not need your cap and gowns.

You will need to check-in at the table located at the student entrance and then proceed to the Starr Theater to line up.

We anticipate rehearsal lasting 30-45 minutes.

1:00 p.m. – Student arrival and commencement rehearsal – (check-in at the table at the student entrance)

Graduates, please ARRIVE AT THE WALTON ARTS CENTER NO LATER THAN 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, wearing your tam and gown. You will need to check-in at the table located at the student entrance and then proceed to the Starr Theater to line up.

When you check-in you will receive your callout card. For those who are graduating with honors, you will receive the sash that corresponds with your class rank at the check-in table.

All graduates are expected to wear the approved, university-issued regalia. Students must be in the appropriate attire to participate in the ceremony. Headgear must be consistent among ALL graduates. This process will be covered in depth during the Mandatory Graduation Meeting on May 15.

Please make sure to arrive NO LATER THAN 1:00 p.m. We will need the time to get everyone checked-in and then lined up to begin the ceremony PROMPTLY at 2 p.m.

1:00 p.m. – Doors open for family and guests

The Walton Arts Center's main doors will open at 1:00 p.m. for family members and guests. No entry will be allowed prior to 1:00 p.m.

Guests with reserved tickets will be seated first. The auditorium will open up at 1:50 for guests without tickets.

Additional information will be forthcoming concerning the reserved ticket process.

2:00 p.m. – Commencement Ceremony

The School of Law commencement exercise will begin promptly at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 16.

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.


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 Michele Payne at payne@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 Michele Payne at payne@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.