Guests and Parking

2024 Spring Ceremonies: 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday, May 11

Things you need to know for your Spring 2024 Ceremony:

  • The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Clear Bag Policy will be in effect.
  • No outside food or beverages are allowed in the Jack Stephens Center.

The UA Little Rock Clear Bag Policy is as follows:

  • All bags will be screened/searched
  • Bags must be clear plastic (can be ziploc), vinyl, or PVC, and cannot exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12″
  • Small clutch purses that are not clear are allowed but can not exceed 4.5″ x 6.5″
  • Persons carrying required medical supplies or devices into the arena are not subject to the clear bag policy, but their bags will be searched thoroughly
  • Cloth diaper bags are not allowed. Items needed for children must be in a clear bag and are not to exceed the measurement specifications.
  • If the bag does not meet the specifications above it will not be permitted into the arena and must be returned to your vehicle


Because of expected traffic congestion, early arrival is strongly suggested, as it will take time to park and find a seat. The Jack Stephens Center will open at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively, for guests.

Smoke-free Campus

UA Little Rock is a smoke-free campus. Smoking will not be permitted in or around the Jack Stephens Center.

Noise Policy

Please also note that air horns and other noisemakers are not allowed in the arena. For the safety of everyone, especially those sensitive to sudden, harsh noises, the use of these devices is prohibited. Balloons are also not allowed in the Jack Stephens Center.

Fisher Court for Students, Staff, and Faculty Only

Derek Fisher Court is restricted to students only. Seating areas for guests will be designated. No guests will be allowed on the arena floor. There is a special seating area in the Jack Stephens Center for guests with disabilities. To help these guests, early arrival is suggested. For more information, please visit the Disability Resource Center.

Please Stay For The Entire Ceremony

We request that guests stay for the entire ceremony. Leaving before the end of the ceremony causes disruption and disturbs those families whose students have not yet been recognized.


The Jack Stephens Center is accessible off 28th Street via Fair Park Boulevard or University Avenue.

Guests are encouraged to park in the lots nearest the Jack Stephens Center — Lot 13, Lot 14, and Lot 16. However, all interior campus parking lots will be open during commencement, including the parking deck and Lot 8. For more information on the location of these lots, please refer to the Campus Map below.

UA Little Rock graduation parking map