University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Commencement Ceremony

The Sam M. Walton College of Business Spring Commencement Ceremony will take place on May 14, 2016. The event will be held at Bud Walton Arena at 1:00 p.m.

Commencement Speaker: Shelley Simpson

Shelley SimpsonShelley Simpson is the Chief Marketing Officer of J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., President of J.B. Hunt Integrated Capacity Solutions (ICS) and Truck, and is an Executive Vice President of the parent company.

After graduating in 1994 from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a marketing degree, she began her career at J. B. Hunt. Her career has included positions across various business segments including: Director of Pricing for Truck and Intermodal, Vice President of Economic Analysis, Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration, and, in 2007, President of ICS. In 2009, the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal honored Simpson as one of forty business leaders under 40 years old who bear watching. In 2011, she assumed the sales and marketing executive responsibilities and was appointed as the company's Chief Marketing Officer. In 2014, she also assumed the position of President of J.B. Hunt's truck division.

Simpson lives in Rogers with her husband of 18 years, David, and their three children. She enjoys her family time and active participation in her faith as a member of Cross Church at Pinnacle Hills and as a board member of WorkMatters. Simpson is also a board member of Mercy, a member of the Walton College Dean's Executive Advisory Board, and devoted to causes related to promoting women in the workplace. In 2016, she was named a Distinguished Woman in Logistics by the Women in Trucking organization.


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


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

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

Instructions for Students

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Bud Walton Arena

Bud Walton ArenaBud Walton Arena (also known as the Basketball Palace of Mid-America) is the home to the Razorback men's and women's basketball teams. It is located on campus and has a seating capacity of 19,368.


Free parking is available in any unrestricted parking lot on campus. Download a map of all parking areas.

Persons with Mobility Impairments

Guests with mobility impairment may be DROPPED OFF at the south entrance of Bud Walton Arena with disabled parking available in lot 60 and lot 62 Please review the disabled parking map for more details. We recommend that guests with mobility impairment arrive no later than 12:30 p.m. Spaces will be limited due to the fact that the All University Commencement will be ending at the time that Walton College guests will be arriving. Ushers will be available inside the arena to assist them in locating the elevator and seating. The handicapped seating will be available on the concourse level of the arena. Due to limited number of disabled seats, only two additional guests may accompany those utilizing the disabled seating. We are sorry, but no seating will be available on the arena floor due to the limitation of space.

Graduates who will require accommodations during the ceremony (i.e. require an interpreter, wheelchair access, etc.) should advise Walton College via e-mail at in advance of May 1, 2016 so that necessary arrangements can be made.

Please contact (479) 575-7105 if you have questions, concerns, or suggestions. For information on University Commencement, visit