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UA Graduating Class Largest in School History

About 1,000 more grads this year than in 2012.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR - It will be a packed house at this spring's University of Arkansas graduation ceremonies on Saturday.

The school says the Spring Commencement will once again have the largest graduating class in school history. An estimated 3,700 students, roughly 1,000 more graduates than last year, will be tossing tassels.

The official number of graduates for the spring semester will not be known until June, after final exams and papers have been graded and final grades turned in to the registrar's office.

The All-University commencement, which recognizes graduate students, and six undergraduate ceremonies will be held throughout the day. The School of Law commencement will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18.

Six of the commencement ceremonies can be viewed live, online, a service offered particularly for family members who are not able to attend on campus.

Click here for a full list of web addresses for streaming video of the ceremonies.

The All- University Commencement begins at 8:45 a.m. at Bud Walton Arena.

Walton Arena doors open at 7:30 a.m. Guests must use the south entrance and all seating will be on the south side of the arena, above the main floor. Guests needing help getting into the arena and to their seats can be dropped off at the south entrance on Leroy Pond Drive.

After the ceremony all those attending will be asked to leave the building using the exits on the east or west sides of the arena. People who need to use the elevator will be directed to the south side exit.

Free public parking for the May 11 ceremonies will be available in a variety of campus lots and the Stadium Avenue Parking Garage. Maps of the available lots can be found at the commencement website. These maps also show the lots designated for people with disabilities. People with disabilities can also be dropped off outside designated entrances of the commencement venues. Ushers will be available to assist people with mobility impairments at each venue.

Normal security precautions will be taken at all of the commencement locations. Each person attending a commencement ceremony will be required to pass through a security checkpoint. Cameras and personal items such as handbags will be inspected. Please allow extra time for this process. Please do not bring baggage, wrapped packages, backpacks, strollers or noise makers to the ceremony. These items must be left at the entrance.

Click here for additional commencement information.
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