Spring Commencement

2019 Bumpers College Commencement Information

The commencement ceremony for the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Barnhill Arena, located between Stadium Drive and Razorback Road.  The program will begin promptly at 3:30 p.m. Graduates must arrive no later than 2:45 p.m. to allow sufficient time to line up and get organized.  Plan for traffic and parking!

Can't be there in person? You can still watch the ceremony. Tune in at 3:30 p.m. graduation day to live stream it!

  Live Stream Ceremony


Regalia may be picked up at the UA Bookstore during Graduate Salute week, April 2-5, or the week of Commencement, May 7-11. The U of A Bookstore website provides specifics on distribution schedule and items they offer. Only University recognized regalia and approved honors cords or stoles may be worn.  Please see the University Commencement Website for the Official Regalia Policy explaining “adornments and ornamentation including pins, flowers or brooches will not be allowed” on the regalia.


You are welcome to invite as many friends and family members as you wish to attend the ceremony.

Arrival and Entrances

The program will begin promptly at 3:30 p.m., so graduates must arrive no later than 2:45 p.m. to allow sufficient time to line up and get organized.  Graduates should enter Barnhill Arena at the southwest entrance.  Family and guests will enter through the upper south entrance.  Please note: the doors of Barnhill Arena will open at 2:30 p.m., but not before the College of Engineering concludes their commencement ceremony. In addition, reserved parking lots and the drop-off area will not be accessible prior to 2:30 p.m. Graduates must leave all personal belongings (handbags, umbrellas, 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.) may be searched at the door. We recommend no one bring umbrellas, backpacks, large bags, or additional items that may delay entry into Barnhill Arena. Again, graduates must leave personal belongings with family and friends. You will not be returning to the exact seat you initially have so you cannot leave items there during the ceremony. Please wear attire with pockets for your cellphone or keys!

Name Card and Pronunciation of Your Name

Between April 29th and May 10th, please come to the Bumpers College Dean’s Office (AFLS E202) between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 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. DO NOT LOSE YOUR CARD – keep your card with you until you go on stage and hand it to the announcer. In addition, the announcer will try to be available as you line up for you to confirm the pronunciation.

Presentation of Degrees by Family

The Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences is pleased to invite family members who are University of Arkansas faculty members to participate in our Commencement exercises.  Please contact Carmen Alessi in the Dean’s Office (AFLS E222) or 479-575-2252 as soon as possible, if you have a family member who is a U of A faculty member that you would like to present your diploma at the commencement ceremony.


A professional photographer will be taking photos during the awarding of diplomas and you will be contacted later to arrange for prints. We invite family and friends to feel free to use cameras from their seats.

Live Streaming of the Bumpers College Ceremony

For family and guests who are unable to attend the ceremony, live streaming will be available on the day of the ceremony.  A link will be provided on this website when it becomes available.


Information on parking and a parking map are located on the University of Arkansas’ Commencement Web page.  Public parking areas are designated in purple on the map. 


The specific street address to enter for GPS directions to Barnhill Arena is 1295 S. Razorback Road, Fayetteville, AR 72701. 


Persons with Mobility Impairments

Mobility impaired individuals may be DROPPED OFF at the west entrance of Barnhill Arena by using the service road off Meadow Street.  

So that we may accommodate all special parking needs, please notify the Bumpers College Dean’s Office at 479-575-2252 or at aflsdean@uark.edu if you:

  • will be using a disabled parking hangtag.
  • do not have a disabled parking hangtag but need special assistance for anyone in your party.

As Barnhill Arena does not have an elevator, limited special seating will be available at court level for those with mobility impairment.  We respectfully ask only one additional person accompany each person with mobility impairment to court level seats.

Also, please let us know if there are other specific accommodations needed by anyone in your party so that he or she may fully enjoy the commencement ceremony.  Please contact us regarding these requests prior to May 10, 2019.

Additional information regarding commencement may be found on the Registrar's website or call the Bumpers College Dean’s Office at 479-575-2252 prior to 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2019.