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December 8, 2017 @ 12:00 am

Fall 2017 Commencement

  • Location:  W. T. Watson Athletic Center
  • Date:  Friday, December 8

5:00 p.m.     Undergraduate Candidates (Associates and Bachelors)

7:30 p.m.     School of Graduate Studies (Masters)

All candidates should assemble in the Auxiliary Gym of the W. T. Watson Athletic Center no later than one hour before their ceremony start time.  This arrival time will ensure that each candidate is present and correctly positioned in the line of march.  If you fail to arrive on time, you may not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.

Diplomas will be mailed to the address submitted on the graduation application no later than 45 days after Commencement.  If this address is not correct, please immediately submit the Change of Student Information form through your student CampusConnect account.

Caps and gowns will be available in the bookstore November 29, 2017 through December 8, 2017.  Students will be allowed to keep their regalia.  The bookstore hours are from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  However, the bookstore will remain open until 7:30 p.m. on December 8, 2017, in order to accommodate students.  If you would like your regalia mailed, please contact the bookstore at (870) 235-4050.

Proper dress for this important occasion is of the utmost importance; dark slacks with a dress shirt and tie are recommended for the men.  Simply styled, dark-colored dresses or slacks, and shoes without high heels are recommended for the women.

Please be reminded that the only University approved accessory items to be worn over the graduation gown are academic cords, stoles, or medallions from within the academic disciplines.  Fraternity and Sorority stoles will not be allowed.  In addition, decorated caps will not be allowed.  If you wear any unauthorized item, you will be required to remove the item.

If you cannot be present, please submit a written notice to the Office of the Registrar before December 6, 2017, indicating that you wish to graduate in absentia.


  1. Graduation announcements may be purchased from the bookstore.
  2. A commercial photographer will photograph each graduate as he or she receives a diploma. Please refer to the envelope from Grisham’s Photography, enclosed with your regalia, for complete instructions on how to obtain still photographs.
This is the graduate’s moment and it is a time of dignity and reserve; therefore, family and friends of the graduates are requested not to enter the gym floor during the graduation exercises.


December 8, 2017
12:00 am
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