Commencement Details

Spring 2023 Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 12th at 2:00 p.m.
Herman C. Steelman Field House
563 Weevil Drive, Monticello, AR 71655

Inclement weather policy in effect. Graduates will now line up at the east entrance of Steelman Field House. Please be in line no later than at 1:30 p.m. for the 2:00 p.m. ceremony. UAM staff will be there to assit you.

*All event details are subject to change due to weather or COVID-19 guidance from state and federal agencies.

The event will be streamed live online at

10:00 AM Ceremony 2:00 PM Ceremony

Graduate Degrees:

  • School of Arts and Humanities
  • School of Education

Graduate Degrees:

  • College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources

Undergraduate Degrees:

  • School of Arts and Humanities
  • School of Business
  • School of Computer Information Systems
  • School of Education

Undergraduate Degrees:

  • College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Division of General Studies


Graduates should continue to check email regularly as the event approaches. 

To learn more about the commencement exercises, all graduates are strongly encouraged to attend the rehearsal scheduled for Thursday, May 11th, at 3:00 p.m. inside the Steelman Field House.

Only graduates who have confirmed their participation with the Registrar are approved to participate in the ceremony. No personal items of graduates will be stored during the ceremony. 

Graduates must bring their herald card, regalia, and hood (if a graduate student). These items are available through the bookstore located on your home campus. Caps, gowns and tassels are free to graduates and will be available for pickup beginning Monday, May 8th. To accommodate those attending rehearsal on Thursday, May 11th, the Bookstore will close at 5:00 p.m. Master graduate students must buy an appropriate master's hood. You must bring an official ID to receive your regalia.

Please direct regalia questions here:

Monticello Bookstore

ATTN: Mr. Billy Hogue

Review the commencement stoles and cords policy  here.

Please direct stoles and cords questions here: 


Commencement is a time to celebrate and enjoy your accomplishments. However, it is, also, ceremonial. You are asked to honor the spirit of this important occasion by conducting yourself in a manner that is respectful of your guests, the guests of others, your fellow graduates, and you. Graduates are expected to honor the dignity associated with commencement and maintain an appropriate measure of decorum during the ceremony.

Graduates shall refrain from unsafe and/or disruptive behavior, which includes but is not limited to, noisemakers or other loud devices, taking selfies while on the Commencement platform, pranks, dancing of any kind, stepping, stomping, hopping, chanting and/or vocal or visual disruptions. Graduates shall proceed across the stage in a measured, safe, and professional manner. The time to celebrate more exuberantly is after the ceremony has concluded and all graduates have exited the facility.


Doors at Steelman Field House will open to guests at 9:00 a.m. for the 10:00 a.m. ceremony and 1:00 p.m. for the 2:00 p.m. ceremony. Morning guests are asked to vacate the premises as soon as possible to allow for setup of the afternoon ceremony.

The NCAA Clear Bag Policy remains in place for any event held in an athletic facility, including Commencement. 

Due to visibility concerns, please do not bring balloons into the facility.

Photography:  For your convenience, UAM has secured a professional photographic service to take photos of each graduate as they receive their degrees. One photo will be mailed to each graduate free of charge. These will be mailed with diploma certificates at the end of July or the first of August for May graduates. There will be a photo station located by the bell at Weevil Pond.

Parking will be available in lots around the campus. Accessible parking is available at Steelman Field House. Golf cart transportation to Steelman Field House will be provided to campus guest.

Printable Campus Map

Interactive Campus Map

Food and drink will not be allowed in the field house.


In order to arrange adequate seating, any graduate with mobility limitations requiring special seating should contact the Registrar’s Office at 870-460-1034 as soon as possible. Graduates who have family and/or guests who need special seating arrangements due to mobility limitations should contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 870-460-1032 as soon as possible. 

If you do not find the answer to your question above, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 870 460-1032 or