Spring Commencement Information

College of Engineering Commencement Instructions

May 12, 2018, 12:00 p.m., Barnhill Arena


Standard Student regalia is provided as part of the graduation application fee and distributed by the University Bookstore.

All degree candidates are to arrive dressed in their regalia. No adornments and/or ornamentation, including pins, flowers, or brooches, will be allowed on caps and gowns. Approved adornments are specific to academic and leadership recognition and are distributed through the College of Engineering Dean’s Office.

Class of 2018 graduates may pick up regalia in the University Bookstore, beginning March 13, 2018. For more details (dates and times) please visit the University Bookstore website at bookstore.uark.edu/graduation/

Guests Arrival and Entrances

The College of Engineering commencement exercise will begin promptly at 12:00 Noon on May 12, 2018. All guests must enter through the upper deck of the SOUTH entrances of Barnhill Arena. 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 graduates and guests who are carrying video recording bags, 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. 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.

Persons with Mobility Impairments

Graduates or guests with mobility impairment may be DROPPED OFF by turning off Meadow Street between the HPER Building and Meadow Street Parking Garage (MSPG) and driving toward the South entrance of Barnhill Arena (Lot 59). Pull forward and around to the WEST side of Barnhill Arena to the disabled drop off location. Upon drop off, cars may park in the Stadium Drive Garage (Union Parking Deck), the Stadium Lot (Lot 44), or Lots 72 and 73 (West of Reynolds Stadium and the practice facilities off of Razorback Road). LIMITED special seating will be available at court level. Each disabled guest can be accompanied by only one additional guest—all other guests in the party will need to sit in guest seating indicated above. Barnhill does not have an elevator so all persons with mobility impairment should plan to enter on the WEST side of Barnhill Arena. No disabled drop off is available on the Stadium Drive entrance. We recommend that guests with mobility impairment arrive no later than 11:00 a.m. For further questions regarding persons with mobility impairment, please contact Stephanie Mallicote 479-575-3051.


Free parking is available in any unrestricted parking lot on campus. Download a map of all parking areas.

College of Engineering Commencement - Barnhill Arena: Suggested public parking available in lots 44, 72, 73, 73A and Stadium Drive Parking Garage. Disabled drop off is available at the west side of the arena.

Graduate Arrival and Entrances

Graduates participating in commencement should check-in by 10:45 am on May 12th at the SOUTH entrance to Barnhill Arena (the side facing the HPER building.)  At check-in, you will be given a card that lists your name, honors, and degree being received. This is the card you will give to the announcers just before you walk across the stage to receive your diploma. Therefore, it is important that you do not lose this card! Graduates will receive complete commencement instructions via email prior to commencement.


A professional photographer will be taking pictures during the awarding of diplomas and he will contact you later to arrange for prints. 

Please contact (479) 575-3051 if you have questions, concerns, or suggestions. For information on University Commencement, visit the Registrar's website