Commencement 2021

We are excited to share with you our plan for the UA Little Rock Spring 2021 Undergraduate Commencement!

This commencement is “hybrid” in that there will be a permanent, professionally edited video posted on June 5 of the speeches, graduates’ names, and photos of students in their caps and gowns. In addition to the video commencement, UA Little Rock will host an in-person degree recognition ceremony for undergraduate students over the weekend of April 24-25. The Bowen School of Law will hold a separate ceremony on May 15, and the Graduate School will soon be announcing its plans for separate in-person ceremonies for doctoral and masters students.

For this event, students, who may be accompanied by up to two guests, will come to the Jack Stephens Center at a reserved appointment time to celebrate their achievements with faculty and staff. Chancellor Christina Drale and college deans will formally present students with their diploma covers, and a professional photographer will capture each degree recognition as they would in a traditional ceremony.

Hybrid commencement will be accessible to differently-abled people. UA Little Rock volunteers will be present to assist students and families in a variety of ways. Guests and students should be prepared to stand as they promenade through the mezzanine for their official degree recognition. As with our regular ceremonies, concessions will not be open, but bottled water will be available. Fun photo backdrops and contests for the best-decorated mortar board and footwear will be located on the mezzanine. Winners of the mortar board and footwear contests will be announced in the official video commencement ceremony.

Students who wish to attend the in-person ceremony must reserve an appointment on a first-come, first-served basis. Check your email for your personalized invitation!

Alternatively, students who do not wish to attend in-person may submit their own high-resolution photo in professional attire to be included in the commencement video.

The deadline to RSVP for either choice is April 9, 2021.

Students who do not RSVP will only have their names, degrees, and eligible honors appear in the commencement video.

Additional details

  • Watch your university email for your personal reservation confirmation

  • Order your cap and gown through the Campus Bookstore

  • Arrive at the JSC up to 30 minutes prior to the reserved time

  • Enter on the southeast side of the building (Main JSC entrance up the stairs) to check-in and promenade towards the Legends Room

  • Follow the signs regarding the processional/promenade line

  • Be prepared to wait in a processional line (up to an hour; please be aware that chairs will not be provided for students and guests)

  • Bring only clear handbags

  • Decorate your hat! Bring your fabulous footwear!

  • Wear masks at all times on the mezzanine but not for the official photos

  • Social distancing will be maintained

  • Post your commencement photos with #ualittlerockgrad

We realize that students are disappointed that we are not able to safely hold a traditional in-person celebration this spring, but we believe this experience will still provide a wonderful, lasting memory for students and their families to commemorate their achievement.

Congratulations to our graduating students!

There will not be any delay in receiving diplomas for Spring graduates. Degrees will be posted to official transcripts as soon as the completion of degree requirements is confirmed by our Office of Records and Registration. If you have specific questions about applying for graduation, graduation procedures, or the commencement ceremony, please contact us directly at for further assistance and information.