How to Apply for Graduation
Undergraduate Students (Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees)
- Log in to mySAU and click on “Campus Connect” tab in the top menu.
- Acknowledge Student Accounts message.
- Navigate to the “Forms” tab (above your student photo) and click “Apply for Graduation.”
- Choose term of expected graduation and click “Display Form.”
- Complete all required fields, click “Continue” to add your degree information, then click “Finish” to submit.
- Save email verification of your application for your records.
- Contact your advisor to request that they complete an updated degree audit form.
Graduate Students (Master’s degrees and Graduate Certificates)
- Complete the online application form.
- Save email verification of application for your records. If you do not receive a verification email, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall 2020 Commencement
Date and Location
Southern Arkansas University’s Fall 2020 commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 21st, at 9:00 a.m. at Wilkins Stadium.
This ceremony will include all Fall 2020 graduation candidates (undergraduate and graduate), and all graduation candidates’ names will be read aloud during the ceremony. The commencement ceremony will also be streamed live on the SAU Facebook page.
All candidates should begin to assemble on the SAU Track north of Wilkins Stadium at 8:00 a.m.
While we will do everything possible to conduct all commencement ceremonies as scheduled, please be aware that inclement weather may cause a delay or, in extreme cases, a cancellation of one or more ceremonies.
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.
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 date 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.
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.
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 for November graduates will be mailed to the address provided on your graduation application no later than 45 days after commencement.
If this address is not correct, please send an update to email@example.com to prevent any delay in receiving your diploma.