Walton College Commencement Instructions
MAY 9, 2015, 1:00 p.m., Barnhill Arena
Class of 2015 graduates who did not receive regalia during the Graduate Salute in March may pick up regalia in the UA Bookstore Wednesday, May 6th and Thursday, May 7th from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, Friday, May 8th from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, and between 7:30am and 12:00 on Saturday, May 9th, Commencement Day. Candidates for degrees must wear robes appropriate to their degree without added adornment such as markings on mortar boards, beads or flowers. Approved adornments are specific to academic and leadership recognition and are distributed through the Walton College. For information Regalia pick-up dates and times, visit http://uofastore.com/graduation/student.php
There is no limit to the amount of guests you bring with you. We encourage students to bring as many friends and family members as you wish to invite.
The Walton College commencement exercise will begin promptly at 1:00pm on May 9th, 2015. PLEASE ARRIVE AT BARNHILL NO LATER THAN 12:00pm. Doors open at 11:00am.
Graduates should enter through the lower deck of the SOUTH side or NORTH side of Barnhill Arena depending on where you will be expected to form a line for the processional (see instructions in the next paragraph). There will be no entrance for graduates on the EAST or WEST sides. Graduates should proceed to their respective corridors to line up with their departments. All graduates who are carrying purses, camcorder cases, camera cases, or other bags may be searched at the door. We recommend that you do not bring backpacks, large bags, or additional items that may delay entry into Barnhill Arena. Graduates must leave personal belongings with family and friends since you will not be allowed to carry items during the ceremony.
Parents or Guests Entrances
All guests MUST enter through the upper deck of the SOUTH side or the lower level of the NORTH side entrances of Barnhill Arena. There will be no entrance for guests or graduates on the EAST or WEST sides. All guests must enter the seating area through the stairways on the North, East and South entrances. Only those persons with mobility impairments will be allowed to enter through the floor level and/or have access to seating at the floor level (see additional instructions regarding mobility impairment). All guests who are carrying camcorder cases, camera cases, or other bags may be searched at the door. We recommend that you do not bring backpacks, large bags, or additional items that may delay entry into Barnhill Arena. Graduates must leave personal belongings with family and friends since they will not be allowed to carry items during the ceremony.
Where do I go in Barnhill?
Upon arriving at Barnhill, find your DEPARTMENT SIGN and FACULTY MARSHAL. All Bachelor of Science in International Business, Accounting, Economics, and Finance graduates will assemble in the South corridor of Barnhill Arena. All General Business, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, Retail and Supply Chain majors will assemble in the North corridor of Barnhill Arena. Graduate students will assemble in the West corridor of Barnhill Arena. The Marshals will assist you in lining up alphabetically and give you a card with your name on it. DO NOT LOSE YOUR CARD – you will keep your card until you go on stage and hand it to Jeff Hood. Please complete the Career Development information on the back of the card while you wait in line. Candidates for graduation will proceed to the stage as directed by Department Marshals. As your name is called, you will walk across the stage and receive congratulations.
Conferral of Degrees by Family
The Walton College of Business traditionally invites relatives who are University of Arkansas faculty members, administrators, or members of the Board of Trustees to participate in our Commencement exercises. If you have a family member who is a faculty member, administrator, or member of the Board of Trustees at the University of Arkansas and you would like them to award your diploma, please contact Jessica Hilton in the Undergraduate Programs Office (WCOB 328) or 575-7105 as soon as possible.
Pronunciation of Your Name
Please see John Norwood in WCOB 468 if you anticipate problems with the pronunciation of your name for commencement.
If you have a dual major, please email Jessica Hilton (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let her know with which department you are planning to walk.
A professional photographer will be taking pictures during the awarding of diplomas and he will contact you later to arrange for prints. We invite family and friends to feel free to use cameras.
On commencement day, there will be limited parking adjacent to Barnhill Arena and is designated for persons working at the commencement ceremony. Graduates and guests may park in the Stadium Avenue Garage (Union Parking Deck), the Stadium Lot (Lot 44) or Lots 72 and 73 (West of Barnhill Arena).
Persons with Mobility Impairments
Graduates or guests with mobility impairment may be DROPPED OFF by entering the South entrance of Barnhill Arena (Lot 59) off Meadow Street. Upon drop off, cars may park in limited parking adjacent to Barnhill, the Stadium Avenue Garage (Union Parking Deck), the Stadium Lot (Lot 44), or Lots 72 and 73 (West of Barnhill Arena). LIMITED special seating will be available at court level. Barnhill does not have an elevator so all persons with mobility impairment should plan to enter on the NORTHWEST side of Barnhill Arena. In addition, due to the limited disabled seating, persons with disabilities will only have access to two additional seats per disabled person. We recommend that guests with mobility impairment arrive no later than 12:00pm. Doors open at 11:00am. For further questions regarding persons with mobility impairment, please contact Jessica Hilton at (479) 575-7105. Please contact (479) 575-7105 if you have questions, concerns, or suggestions. For information on University Commencement, visit http://registrar.uark.edu/1323.php.