Commencement FAQs

Will COVID-19 change any of the current plans?

We are following all guidance from the Arkansas Department of Health to ensure safety precautions are in place for our graduates and guests. If necessary, we are prepared with alternative plans, but truly hope we get to celebrate this special day together.  

Are students required to participate in the commencement ceremony?

Yes, this is an important day in your career, and we are excited to celebrate with you.  

Where should I park for the Commencement Ceremony?

Free parking will be available at the Stubblefield Center on commencement day. If the front parking lots fill up, there will be additional parking behind the Stubblefield Center that is next to the baseball field.

Parking Accessibility Map

How will I get my actual diploma?

ARCOM Graduates:
Students who have successfully completed all graduation requirements will be able to pick up their diplomas in person in the Office of Student Affairs on Monday, May 17, 2021 between the hours of 830am and 430pm. Only the graduate may pick up their diploma. Photo identification will be required. Diplomas not picked up by May 31, 2021 will be mailed to the address listed on the graduation application.

MSB Graduates:
Students who have successfully completed all graduation requirements will be able to pick up the diploma or have it mailed after the end of the term. Photo identification will be required for in-person pick up.

Are there seating accommodations for guests with disabilities?

Please indicate any ADA accommodations needed on the RSVP form and appropriate tickets will be issued.

How is the best way for family and friends to take photos?

While guests are welcome to take pictures from their seats, they will not be permitted on the floor once the ceremony begins. Professional photography services are provided by Grad Images, and the graduate will receive information for ordering.  

Will students that are in the Military be recognized during the commencement ceremony?

Yes, if a student will receive a promotion in rank as a result of their graduation, they will be invited to participate in a promotion ceremony. Please ensure to self-identify when submitting the required graduation application. 

Will students be allowed to have someone from their family hood them?

Graduates who wish to have a guest hooder should complete the Guest Hooder request form sent to them in their college email address.

How many tickets will I have for my family and friends to attend the commencement ceremony?

We wish all family and friends could join us for the ceremony. Unfortunately due to COVID we do have to limit graduates to four guests. Additional ticketing information is coming soon.

I have a special needs request, who should I contact?

Students with special needs who will require accommodations during the ceremony should contact, so that necessary arrangements can be made.