The commencement ceremony for the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 in Bud Walton Arena, located at the intersection of Leroy Pond Road and Razorback Road. The program will begin promptly at 5:00 p.m. Graduates should plan to arrive no later than 4:15 p.m. to allow sufficient time to line up and get organized.
Regalia may be picked up at the UA Bookstore on Wednesday, May 6 and Thursday, May 7 between 8:00 am and 7:00 pm; Friday, May 8 between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm; and on Saturday, May 9 between 7:30 am and 12:00 pm (noon). Only University recognized regalia and approved honors cords or stoles are allowed to be worn. No personal items or adornments are to be added to the regalia.
There is no limit to the number of guests you bring with you. We encourage students to bring as many friends and family members as you wish to invite.
The program will begin promptly at 5:00 p.m., so graduates must arrive no later than 4:15 p.m. to allow sufficient time to line up and get organized. Graduates should check in at the truck tunnel entrance just off California Boulevard (located on the east side of Bud Walton Arena). Family and guests will enter through the south entrance. Please note that the doors of Bud Walton Arena will be opened at 4:00 p.m., but not before Fulbright College concludes their commencement ceremony. Graduates must leave all personal belongings (handbags, cell phones, jackets, etc.) with a family member or in a locked vehicle. There is no secure storage available. All individuals carrying bags (camera cases, purses, etc.) will be searched at the door. No wrapped packages will be permitted. We recommend that you do not bring backpacks, large bags, or additional items that may delay entry into Bud Walton Arena. Again, graduates must leave personal belongings with family and friends since you will not be allowed to carry items during the ceremony.
Upon arriving at the truck tunnel entrance on the east side of Bud Walton Arena, please line up based upon the number on your name card. Staff will be available to assist you. DO NOT LOSE YOUR CARD –keep your card with you until you go on stage and hand it to the announcer.
Between April 27th and May 8th, please come to the Bumpers College Dean’s Office (AFLS E108) and pick up your name card to be read at commencement. There will be a place on your card to provide information on pronunciation and we will ask you to confirm the pronunciation of your name so we can provide it to the announcer. Bring your name card with you to commencement and keep it with you as you are in the lineup and as you walk to the stage. You will give your name card to the announcer as you walk up to cross the stage
The Dale Bumpers College Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences is pleased to invite family members who are University of Arkansas faculty members to participate in our Commencement exercises. If you have a family member who is a U of A faculty member and you would like them to award your diploma, please contact Carmen Alessi in the Dean’s Office (AFLS E108) or 575-2252 as soon as possible.
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 from their seats.
For family and guest who are unable to attend the day of the ceremony, live streaming will be available at http://new.livestream.com/uark/events/3858096.
A PDF version of the parking map is located on the University of Arkansas’ Commencement Web page at http://registrar.uark.edu/Sprin_Commencement_Parking_Map.pdf. Public parking areas are designated in purple on the map.
The following describes access routes to the general parking areas and Walton Arena.
From the South: Take I-40 to I-540 North (exit 12), from I-540 North to West 6th Street/MLK Blvd. (Exit 62). Turn right (heading east) onto West 6th Street/MLK Blvd.; turn left onto Razorback Road; lot 56 is immediately on the right and Walton Arena is just north of lot 56 and The Gardens.
From the North: After Bella Vista, take I-540 South all the way to Fayetteville, from I-540 South to West 6th Street/MLK Blvd. (Exit 62). Turn left (heading east) onto West 6th Street/MLK Blvd.; turn left onto Razorback Road; lot 56 is immediately on the right and Walton Arena is just north of lot 56 and The Gardens.
From the East: Take Hwy 412 to I-540. See directions from north.
From the West: Take Hwy 412 east to I-540. See directions from north.
Additional information regarding commencement may be found at http://registrar.uark.edu/1548.php.
HANDICAPPED PARKING will be available in lot 60 located to the immediate southwest of the arena on a first come/first serve basis to those with a visible handicapped parking permit/tag. Spaces will be limited due to the fact that the Fulbright College ceremony will be ending at the time Bumpers College guests will be arriving. If no handicapped parking is available, those guests may be delivered to the south entrance doors and then parking can be located in lot 56 (along Martin Luther King Boulevard). Ushers will be available inside the arena to assist in locating the elevator and seating.
The disabled seating will be available on the concourse level of the arena. Seating is limited in the disabled seating section, so parties are requested to limit the number of seats used in this section by those able to access general seating. A maximum of 2 guests may accompany those utilizing disabled seating. This will allow other guests needing these seats to be accommodated. We are sorry, but no seating will be available on the arena floor.
If you have any questions, please contact Mari Whitmer at 479-575-2448 or at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to May 6, 2015.
Additional information regarding commencement may be found at http://registrar.uark.edu/1548.php