Commencement is a time-honored tradition that celebrates the academic accomplishments of students at the University of Central Arkansas. During commencement ceremonies, we recognize the learning, commitment and effort by our students in earning their degree. This is a special event for the students and for all of those involved in supporting and encouraging them through this journey.
All ceremonies will be held at the Farris Center and live streamed.
Friday, December 15, 2023 (Graduate Ceremonies)
All Colleges (Graduate School)
Saturday, December 16, 2023 (Undergraduate Ceremonies)
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
College of Business
College of Education
College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
All graduate and undergraduate students will need to check-in one hour before their specific ceremony to receive their commencement name card and order placement. More details regarding the line-up location and process will be sent out closer to the ceremony date.
Graduation tickets are now available at the UCA Reynolds Box Office located at 223 Beatrice Powell Drive. The box office is open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. If you are unable to visit the box office during business hours then you can call to claim your tickets and they will be emailed to you. The phone number is 501-450-3265, or Toll-free at 1-866-810-0012.
Each graduate is allowed to claim 7 tickets. Graduates and lap children under the age of 2 do not need a ticket. Please note that all tickets will be scanned by ushers and any duplicated tickets will be voided immediately.
For any questions or issues regarding your graduation tickets, please contact the Reynolds Performance Hall Box Office. Your college will not be able to answer any questions regarding ticketing, so please contact the box office directly.
Top 5 Asked Questions Regarding Commencement
- Will there be a commencement practice for students?
UCA does not have a commencement practice for students. You will be escorted by faculty and staff who will give you instructions during the ceremony.
- Will I receive my diploma at graduation?
No, UCA will not award degrees until grades are posted for the semester. This will be after the commencement ceremony so diplomas will not be available. You will receive a diploma cover and a lapel pin on the day of the ceremony.
- Will there be a photographer at the ceremony?
Yes, you will have an opportunity for pictures. A photographer will be by the stage when you exit the stage.
- Are guests required to have a ticket to attend the ceremony?
Yes, tickets will be required for entrance. Graduate students will receive 7 guest tickets to attend their commencement ceremony.
- Will the graduation be live streamed?
Yes, UCA will live stream the commencement for all your family and friends who could not make the ceremony.
Please check back for any possible cancellations or time changes. Students are to check their UCA CUB email daily for any updates or changes to their ceremonies.
Accommodations for Disabled
There is limited disability-accessible seating. Please indicate accessibility needs when you reserve your ticket.
While guests are welcome to take pictures from their seats, they will not be permitted on the court. Professional photography services are provided during the ceremony through GradImages. Following the ceremony, graduates will be contacted directly by GradImages with information on how to view and order prints.
Commemorating graduation is important. We ask that no wrapped gifts be brought into the ceremony. Please exchange gifts with your graduate at another convenient location. Mark the milestone and leave a lasting impression in your graduate’s heart with a personalized graduation gift from their Alma Mater. The UCA Bookstore has a variety of commemorative gifts.
Lodging and Accommodations
Extend your visit to Conway by staying in a well-appointed guest room in one of Conway’s many hotels. Overnight accommodations are located throughout the city, and many are in close proximity to shopping and eateries. You have many options when it comes to making yourself at home in Conway.
Campus Safety and Security
The safety and security of our students and guests are a priority of UCA.
Guests are welcome to carry in bags. Wrapped gifts, large umbrellas, strollers, or balloons will not be allowed into any ceremony. Compact umbrellas are allowed. No firearms or weapons of any kind are permitted. Please comply with the direction given at all times by the ushers and officers on hand.
In accordance with academic tradition, all degree candidates are robed in a black cap and gown. Undergraduate candidate tassels are worn on the right side of the cap until the degree is conferred. Master’s and doctoral candidates will wear their tassel on the left side of the cap and the tassel will remain there and does not require to be moved.
Graduation robes are available for pick up in the UCA Bookstore the week of graduation between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.