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UAPB Spring 2021 Commencement Update

March 17, 2021

To: UAPB Campus Community
From: Robert Z. Carr, Jr. | Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Re: UAPB Spring 2021 Commencement Update

I am pleased to announce that UAPB will host an in-person Commencement Ceremony for our graduates on May 8, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. at Simmons Bank Field. 

In order to ensure a safe ceremony, strict social distancing guidelines will be in effect and all attendees will be required to wear a mask.  In addition, a limited number of tickets will be given to graduates for their invited guests.  Further details are forthcoming. 

In the event of inclement weather, we will host two ceremonies at the Pine Bluff Convention Center so that we can adhere to social distancing guidelines.  If we have to utilize the Pine Bluff Convention Center, the ceremonies will take place on May 8, 2021 and begin at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., respectively.   Further details pertaining to the inclement weather plan are forthcoming as the date of the ceremony approaches. 

As we continue the process of planning an in-person Commencement, Spring 2021 as well as both Spring and Fall 2020 graduates will be invited to participate.  To reserve your spot, all 2020 graduates and Spring 2021 prospective graduates are asked to RSVP by EXTENDED DEADLINE OF APRIL 12, 2021.   It is extremely important that you complete the survey by the stated deadline to ensure you are included in the Commencement count.

Finally, we are also asking faculty to RSVP by EXTENDED DEADLINE OF APRIL 12TH to assist with planning efforts.  

I know that we have all lived through extraordinary times during the past year, but you have all endured. I am looking forward to May 8, 2021 so we can celebrate in Golden Lion fashion!