Before the Ceremony
CAP & GOWN PICK-UP: If you applied for graduation before the priority deadline, you will receive information in the mail concerning when to pick up your cap, gown and invitations. Students who are eligible to walk can pick up their cap and gown at the following:
North Little Rock Campus
Campus Center Room 240 – Admissions & Records Office
Please check here for current office hours.
CAP & GOWN CARE: The gown should be removed from the package in advance and placed on a hanger so wrinkles will shake out. If necessary, the gown may be pressed carefully with an iron on the lowest setting.
HOW TO DRESS: The style of dress to be worn with the cap and gown is dressy for the ladies and slacks and light colored dress shirt with a collar for men. Dark colored dress shoes should be worn. NO shorts, t-shirts, tennis shoes or jeans.
ARRIVAL: Graduates are asked to arrive an hour before commencement to allow plenty of time to park and move into the arena. Make sure you have the following*:
*Honors cords and Stoles of Gratitude will be given to graduates at check-in.
Be certain to make a plan with your guests about where to meet outside of Verizon Arena after the ceremony. Children are not allowed in the graduate area and must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
PERSONAL ITEMS: Do not carry personal items onto the floor. NO cell phones on the arena floor. Give them to your family or guest or lock them in the trunk of your car. There is no secure place for you to leave personal belongings within the arena.
CHECK-IN: Come to the Box Office entrance of Verizon Arena on E. Washington St. When you arrive you will be directed to check-in. You will be given a name card - hold on to this card! You must hand it to the announcer before you cross the stage so that he or she can call out your name. You will then be directed to the staging area to line up. Do not leave the check-in area after you have signed in. Once a graduate has checked-in, they are expected to remain for the entire ceremony.
LINE UP: You will be lined up in two columns according to the highest level degree you are being awarded and in alphabetical order. The floor directors will lead you onto the arena floor. Please remember to move quickly to your chair and stand directly in front of it so those who are directing can move everyone in without delay. Please remain standing until after the National Anthem and you are asked to be seated.
CEREMONY: Floor directors will guide your row to the stage when it is your turn to receive your diploma. You will walk up the ramp, hand your name card to the announcer at the first podium, walk across the stage to receive your diploma cover and shake hands. Proceed down the ramp and back to your seat. All graduates are expected to remain for the entire ceremony.
RECESSIONAL: When it is time to leave the ceremony, everyone on the stage will leave first. Floor directors will let students know when to leave. Students will proceed out of the same tunnel they entered to check-in. Please plan to meet your guests outside Verizon Arena.
After the Ceremony
STOLE OF GRATITUDE: At check-in, each graduate will be given a stole of gratitude to wear at the ceremony. After the ceremony, there will be pens available for graduates to sign their stoles and present them to an individual that supported them during education.
DIPLOMAS: You diploma will be mailed to the address on file 6 – 8 weeks after the ceremony.
• Please update you address with Admissions and Records so your diploma will not
• If you owe a balance to the business office your diploma cannot be released.