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Fall 2021 Commencement

Fall 2021 commencement will take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, in the Stubblefield Center.
 
The 10 a.m. ceremony will honor graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Health, Education, and Human Sciences. Click the college name below to show majors within that college.

Associate of Arts
Biology
Biology with Teacher Licensure
Chemistry
Computer Science
Criminal Justice
Engineering
English
English with Teacher Licensure
General Studies
Geoscience
Graphic Design
History
History with Teacher Licensure
Mathematics
Mathematics with Teacher Licensure
Media Communication
Music
Music Education
Political Science
Rhetoric and Writing
Spanish
Studio Art
Theatre

Dental Hygiene
Early Childhood Education
Master of Education
Elementary Education
Master of Healthcare Administration
Imaging Sciences
Middle School Education
Nursing
Practical Nursing
Psychology
Radiography
Social Work
Surgical Technology
The 2 p.m. ceremony will honor graduates from the College of Business and Industry. Click the college name below to show majors within that college.

Accounting
Animation Technology
Applied Science
Automotive Technology
Business Administration
Computer Graphic Technology
Diesel Technology
Electrical Engineering Technology
Electronics Technology
Finance
General Technology
Industrial Electronics and Electrical Maintenance
International Business
Logistics Operations
Marketing
Office Management Technology
Organizational Leadership
Unmanned Aerial Systems
Welding
Workforce Leadership

Graduates will not be limited in the number of guests they can invite, and tickets will not be issued for the ceremonies.

Masks will be required for all graduates, guests, and staff attending commencement.

 

commencement information

Grad Fest is a one-stop shop on Wednesday, Oct. 27, where candidates for graduation can take care of all their graduation and commencements needs.

  • Purchase your cap and gown
  • Order announcements, diploma frames, rings, and more
  • Confirm that your graduation application is on file with the Registrar's Office
  • Ensure your student accounts are in good standing with the Cashier's Office
  • Join the UAFS Alumni Association
  • Have your photo taken with regalia at no cost
  • Register to win great prizes

Graduates should arrive 45 minutes before the start of the ceremony. Graduates will line up in the Echols Building (directly south of Stubblefield) and should enter the building at the entrance facing Waldron Road. To get to Echols from Stubblefield, walk up the sidewalk from the main entrance toward the Echols Building, and look for the sign marked “Graduate Entrance.”

Graduates in the 10 a.m. ceremony should arrive no later than 9:15 a.m.

Graduates in the 2 p.m. ceremony should arrive no later than 1:15 p.m.

Graduates are encouraged to wear attire appropriate to honor the occasion. Graduates wear their caps and gowns during the ceremony. Women are cautioned that shoes with very high heels may make walking difficult during the processional.

Graduates should not bring personal items (purse, coat, umbrellas, etc.) to the line-up area. We understand that you will be entering directly from outdoors, but unfortunately there is no place to store personal items during the ceremony. If possible, leave personal items with one of your guests.

Each college will be represented by a faculty marshal carrying a sign with the college name in the line-up area in the Echols Building. Graduates will line up behind the marshal/banner of their respective college (the college of each graduate is listed on their reader card). Those receiving bachelor's degrees with honors are first, followed by others receiving bachelor's degrees, then those receiving associate degrees, and finally those receiving technical certificates.

Graduates will march into the arena behind the banner of their respective college. The marshal will hand off the banner and lead the graduates to their seats. The chairs will be in rows with a center aisle. Graduates will move down and fill every chair in the row and remain standing until the chancellor asks all to be seated.

Tentative academic honors are noted in the commencement program, and these students will wear the honor stole and/or cord appropriate for that honor. All qualified students are informed via their UAFS email.

Commencement honors are tentative and are based on all college-level coursework including coursework transferred from other institutions. Grades earned during the graduating semester are not used in the calculation of honors noted at commencement. Official honors will be calculated after grades are submitted and will be noted on the graduate’s diploma and transcript.

Bachelor's Degree with Honors
Honors will be conferred upon bachelor's degree graduates who meet the criteria for honors recognition noted below. The official determination of UAFS academic honors is made after all degree requirements have been met and will be identified on the graduate’s official transcript and diploma.
 
Tentative academic honors are recognized at commencement, noted in the commencement program, and do not include grades earned during the graduate’s final semester.
 
  • Summa Cum Laude: GPA of 3.9–4.0
  • Magna Cum Laude: GPA of 3.8–3.89
  • Cum Laude: GPA of 3.6–3.79
University bachelor's degree honors are based on the following criteria:
  • Cumulative GPA in one of the categories noted above for ALL college-level coursework, including all coursework from other institutions and all repeated coursework
    • NOTE: The GPA reflected in My.UAFS is only for UAFS coursework and may not reflect the GPA used for the calculation of honors.
  • At least 45 hours completed at UAFS
  • A minimum of 50 percent of hours in the major field
    completed at UAFS
  • Honors are awarded only for the first baccalaureate degree conferred.
  • Any student subject to disciplinary sanctions for academic misconduct or disciplinary suspension at UAFS will not be graduated with honors,

Associate Degree with Honors
The associate degree with distinction will be conferred upon associate
degree graduates who have a cumulative GPA of 3.6-4.0 in all college-level coursework.
 
Tentative academic honors are recognized at commencement, noted in the commencement program, and do not include grades earned during the graduate's final semester.
 
University associate degree honors are based on the following criteria:
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.6-4.0 for ALL college-level coursework, including all coursework from other institutions and all repeated coursework
    • NOTE: The GPA reflected in My.UAFS is only for UAFS coursework and may not reflect the GPA used for the calculation of honors.
  • Meet residency requirement of the respective associate degree
    • Associate of Arts and Associate of General Studies: last 15 hours at UAFS
    • Associate of Applied Science and Associate of Science: last 15 hours and 50 percent of major hours completed at UAFS
  • Honors are awarded only for the first associate degree conferred. Students who have previously earned a degree higher than an associate are not eligible.
  • Any student subject to disciplinary sanctions for academic misconduct or disciplinary suspension at UAFS will not be graduated with honors.

Regalia can be purchased at the Fall 2021 Grad Fest on Oct. 27, or thereafter at the UAFS Bookstore. The deadline for purchasing regalia at the bookstore is Dec. 6. The bookstore cannot guarantee graduates will receive the correct size cap/gown after that date. 

Master's graduates wear a black master’s gown with the hood for their area of study.

Bachelor's graduates wear a black cap and gown.

Associate and certificate graduates wear a navy cap and gown.

The top of the cap may be decorated, but should not contain any offensive images or language. Be respectful, but have fun with the decorations.

The gown should not be decorated.

Academic Excellence Award
Gold medallion inscribed with the seal of the university
 
Alpha Epsilon Delta
Two cords of red and purple
 
Alpha Lambda Delta
Three cords of white, red, and gold
 
Alpha Omicron Pi
Red stole with Greek letters
 
Applause
Two cords of black and white
 
Arkansas Blood Institute Donor
A single cord of lime green
 
Baha'i Club
White stole with royal blue trim
 
Beta Alpha Psi
Two cords of red and black
 
Beta Beta Beta
Two cords of red and green
 
Beta Gamma Sigma
Two cords of royal blue and gold
 
Black Student Association
Two cords of navy blue and green
 
Campus Activities Board
A single cord of teal and white
 
Chancellor's Leadership Council
Single silver cord
 
Chemistry Club
A single cord of turquoise
 
College of Business Student Leadership Council
A single cord of maroon and silver
 
Cub Camp
A single cord of navy and silver
 
Cultural Network
Two cords of green and light blue
 
Delta Gamma
Pink stole with Greek letters
 
The Distinction in Professional Development
Braided cords of gold, silver, and blue
 
French Club
A single cord of purple, green, and gold
 
Freshman Council
A single cord of forest green
 
Future Educators Association Professionals
A triple cord of light blue, green, and red
 
Gamma Phi Beta
Pink stole with Greek letters
 
Garden Club
A single cord of tan
 
Geology Club
A single cord of forest green, navy blue, and gold
 
Golden Z
A single cord of gold and burgundy
 
Graphic Design Association Honor Society
A single cord of cyan, magenta, and yellow
 
Green Team
A single cord of dark green
 
Hmong Student Association
A single cord of green and pink
 
Honors Activity Council
A single cord of light blue and gold
 
Interfraternity Council
A single cord of blue, green, and silver
 
International Leadership Council
A single cord of sky blue
 
Kappa Delta Pi
Two braided cords of jade and violet
 
Lambda Nu
Gold stole with maroon Greek letters
 
Lions ROAR
A single cord of light blue and orange
 
Math Club
A single cord of black, white, and maroon
 
Myles Friedman Honors Program Graduate
Bronze medallion inscribed with the letter H
 
National Society of Leadership and Success
Two cords of black and platinum with platinum stole
 
Native American Student Organization
A single cord of black, red, and gold
 
Non-Traditional Student Organization
A single cord of teal
 
NuMedia
A single cord of black, silver, and dark blue
 
Nurses Christian Fellowship
A single cord of red
 
Omnia Vox
A single cord of lavender and white
 
Panhellenic Council
A single cord of purple, green, and teal
 
Pi Kappa Phi
Royal blue stole with Greek letters
 
Pride at UAFS
Single rainbow cord
 
Pre-Vet Club
Two cords of teal, white, and gold
 
Pride at UAFS
Single rainbow cord
 
Psychology Club
A single cord of gold and blue
 
Residence Hall Association and Resident Assistants
Sky blue stole with navy letters
 
Rotoract
Silver stole with blue letters
 
Salute National Honor Society for Veterans
White stole with blue logo
 
Sigma Delta Pi
Two cords of red and gold
 
Sigma Nu
Gold stole with Greek letters
 
Sigma Tau Delta
Two cords of scarlet and black
 
Skills USA
Two cords of red and white
 
Soccer Club at UAFS
A single cord of black, white, and navy blue
 
Social Work Student Network
A single cord of citron and navy blue
 
Spanish Club
Two cords of silver and navy blue
 
Student Alumni Association
A single cord of light blue and navy
 
Student American Dental Hygiene Association
Lavender stole
 
Student Government Association
A double cord of red and royal blue
 
Student Government Executive Board
Navy stole with dark red trim
 
Student Nurses Association
Two cords of blue and white
 
Student Veterans Association
Red, white, and blue stole
 
Surgical Technology Student Association
Two cords of ceil blue and silver
 
To the Smalls (TOTS)
Two cords of forest green and white
 
Tradition Keepers of the University
A single cord of navy and burgundy
 
TRIO Student Support Services
A single cord of maroon
 
University Student Ambassadors
Two cords of maroon and navy
 
A Veteran of the United States Armed Forces
A single cord of red, white, and blue
 
Western Arkansas Technical Center Graduate
Two cords of purple and green
 

Graduates will need to bring their cap and gown, tassel, photographer card, and reader card.

Please DO NOT bring purses, cameras, etc. to the ceremony. There is no storage for these items at the Stubblefield Center. It is recommended that these items be left with family or friends who will be attending the ceremony or lock them securely in a vehicle. For those who don’t have a convenient pocket to put them in, keys can be pinned to the inside of the gown.

The reader card notes the graduate’s name, degree, college, and any applicable university honors. It is handed to the reader by the graduate as they go on stage to receive their diploma cover. The reader will then announce the graduate’s name and degree as they walk across the stage.

Reader cards can be picked up at the Registrar’s Office the week of commencement.

Guests and graduates may park in any UAFS parking lot, with the exception of the lots directly adjacent to Stubblefield. These are either reserved or set aside for attendees with physical disabilities.

Click Here for Parking Map

All lots noted with blue and/or green (with the exception of lot G) are open parking for commencement.

UAFS has contracted with Grad Images to take individual photographs at commencement. They will take two photographs of each graduate: the first is of the graduate being presented their diploma cover by the chancellor, and the second as the student walks off the stage.

Grad Images will be contacting each student via email with prices and proofs the week after the ceremony. To facilitate this students will complete a photographer information card when they pick up their reader card. The photographer card is required even if the graduate is not ordering photographs. The student will bring both to commencement. The reader card will be given to the reader as the graduate goes on stage. The photographer card will be given to the photographer just before the student goes on stage.

Graduates who require special accommodations for themselves or guests should contact the Registrar's Office at 479-788-7230 or Graduation@uafs.edu before Dec. 1.

Each graduate will receive a diploma cover containing a letter of congratulations from Chancellor Riley, but it will not contain a diploma. Diplomas are printed only after completion of degree requirements is verified for all graduates, approximately eight weeks after commencement. Each graduate will be informed via UAFS email that their diploma is ready and may be picked up at the Registrar’s Office. In this email graduates are given the option of requesting that the diploma be mailed to an address they specify. All graduates should continue to check their UAFS email after commencement for this reason.

Both ceremonies will be live-streamed on the UAFS Youtube channel.