University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Commencement Ceremony

WALTON COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT
Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 1:00 p.m. | Barnhill Arena -- University of Arkansas Campus

Commencement Speaker: Donnie Smith

 Donnie Smith, Tyson

Donnie Smith, president and CEO of Tyson Foods, Inc., is the 2015 commencement speaker for the Sam M. Walton College of Business. Smith's enthusiasm for Tyson Foods is contagious among the company's 124,000 team members.

Appointed to his role as president and CEO in 2009, his passion is the hallmark of his tenure at the company, which he joined in 1980. Daily he guides Tyson Foods to be a company with a conscience, focused on feeding the world great, affordable food, while also making a positive difference in people's lives.

Watch the Ceremony Online

View Live Streaming of Commencement

Do you know someone who is unable to attend commencement? We're pleased to make a live video stream available for those who wish to watch it online

Photographs

A professional photographer will be taking pictures during the awarding of diplomas and he will contact you later to arrange for prints. We invite family and friends to feel free to use cameras.

Framed Diplomas

Forever Red - SAKE

For University of Arkansas graduates:
Framed diplomas and sidewalk rubbings...

Instructions for Students

Find information and reminders about regalia, guests, arrival times, and parking. View instructions for students.

Getting to Barnhill Arena

Barnhill ArenaBarnhill Arena is a 10,000-seat multipurpose arena, now used primarily for volleyball and gymnastics. The arena was home to the University of Arkansas Razorbacks basketball teams before they moved to Bud Walton Arena in 1993. Barnhill Arena is located between Stadium Drive and Razorback Road. (View map.)

From the South: Take I-40 to I-540 North (exit 12), from I-540 North to West 6th Street/MLK Blvd. (Exit 62). Turn right (heading east) onto West 6th Street/MLK Blvd.; turn left onto Razorback Road; continue heading north on Razorback Road. Barnhill Arena is located on the access road off Meadow Street, just north of John McDonnell Field.

From the North: After Bella Vista, take I-540 South all the way to Fayetteville, from I-540 South to West 6th Street/MLK Blvd. (Exit 62). Turn left (heading east) onto West 6th Street/MLK Blvd.; turn left onto Razorback Road; continue heading north on Razorback Road. Barnhill Arena is located on the access road off Meadow Street, just north of John McDonnell Field.

From the East: Take Hwy 412 to I-540. See directions from the north.

From the West: Take Hwy 412 east to I-540. See directions from the north.

Parking

On commencement day, there will be limited parking adjacent to Barnhill Arena (JBAR on the map) and is designated for persons working at the commencement ceremony. Graduates and guests may park in the Stadium Avenue Garage (SDPG on the map), the Stadium Lot (Lot 44) or Lots 72 and 73 (West of Barnhill Arena).

View the University parking map.

Seating

All guests must enter the seating area through the stairways on the North, East and South entrances. Only those persons with mobility impairments will be allowed to enter through the floor level and/or have access to seating at the floor level (see additional instructions regarding mobility impairment). All graduates and guests who are carrying camcorder cases, camera cases, or other bags may be searched at the door. We recommend that you do not bring backpacks, large bags, or additional items that may delay entry into Barnhill Arena. Graduates must leave personal belongings with family and friends since you will not be allowed to carry items during the ceremony.

Persons with Mobility Impairments

Graduates or guests with mobility impairment may be DROPPED OFF by entering the South entrance of Barnhill Arena (Lot 59) off Meadow Street. Upon drop off, cars may park in the Stadium Avenue Garage (Union Parking Deck), the Stadium Lot (Lot 44), or Lots 72 and 73 (West of Barnhill Arena). LIMITED special seating will be available at court level – Barnhill does not have an elevator so all persons with mobility impairment should plan to enter on the NORTHWEST side of Barnhill Arena.

In addition, due to the limited disabled seating, persons with disabilities will only have access to one additional seat per disabled person. We recommend that guests with mobility impairment arrive no later than 11:45 a.m. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. For further questions regarding persons with mobility impairment, please contact Jessica Hilton at jhilton@walton.uark.edu