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Fall 2020 Commencement

Southern Arkansas University’s fall 2020 commencement ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Wilkins Stadium. The ceremony will include all fall 2020 graduation candidates, and all candidates’ names will be read aloud during the ceremony. There are 199 undergraduate and 103 graduate candidates for graduation. Dr. Scott White, Honor Professor and acting dean of the College of Science and Engineering, will deliver the keynote address. Commencement will be streamed live on the SAU Facebook page.

All candidates should begin to assemble on the SAU Track north of Wilkins Stadium at 8 a.m.

SAU will follow CDC guidelines for the ceremony. Face coverings must be worn by every attendee over the age of 10. Guests should enter the stadium through the home (west) entrance gate and will be directed to an appropriate seating area. Seating will be designed for social distancing, and guests are asked to comply with marked areas.

 

Guests and Seating

Face coverings must be worn by every attendee over the age of 10 to enter, exit, and move within the stadium.

Guests should enter the stadium through the home (west) entrance gate, and will be directed to an appropriate seating area.

Seating will be designed for social distancing, and guests are asked to please comply with marked areas.

Guests are encouraged to dress for outdoor temperatures and to bring plenty of water to hydrate. Temperatures can vary significantly during November, so it would be a good idea to check the weather forecast prior to the ceremony.

As the health of those around us is of utmost concern, guests are asked to not scream or yell to prevent potential viral spread. Those who yell may be asked to leave the stadium.

A first aid station will be available for any health-related issues during the ceremony.

Regalia Information

Graduation regalia (caps and gowns, plus hoods for graduate students) will be available to pick up at the SAU Bookstore during regular business hours beginning November 9th, 2020.

Regalia may also be picked up at the SAU Track beginning at 8 a.m. the dat of the ceremony.

If you would prefer to receive your regalia by mail, please contact the bookstore at (870) 235-4050. The cost of shipping is $7.50.

Dress Considerations

All graduates must wear SAU face coverings during the processional and recessional. Face coverings will be available at the SAU track for any graduates who do not already possess them.

To protect the stadium and track surfaces from damage, high-heeled shoes may not be worn.

Decorated caps are not allowed.

Only University-approved accessories, such as academic cords, stoles, and medallions from within academic disciplines, may be worn over regalia. Graduates will be asked to remove any unauthorized items.

Photography

Grisham Photography will take professional pictures during the ceremony.

An envelope included in the regalia bag will provide instructions about purchasing these photographs.

Photography order envelopes can also be picked up at the SAU track before the ceremony, or orders can be made by contacting Grisham Photography directly at (870) 235-1380.

Diplomas

Diplomas for November graduates will be mailed to the address at the top of this email no later than 45 days after commencement.

If this address is not correct, please send an update to sauregistrar@saumag.edu to prevent any delay in receiving your diploma.

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