University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Commencement Ceremony

The Sam M. Walton College of Business Spring 2017 Commencement program will take place Saturday, May 13th at 1:00pm in Bud Walton Arena. All friends and family are encouraged to attend.

Commencement Speaker: Ed Wilson, BSBA '80

CEO/Founder, Dreamcatcher Media, LLC

Ed Wilson Ed Wilson is an entrepreneurial-minded, modern media executive who moves seamlessly between traditional and emerging media, and gracefully from the hard-edged executive boardroom and sales arena to the free-thinking space of content creation and talent development.

Wilson is a partner at New Form Digital, a digital studio that develops and produces scripted content for global digital platforms and was created in partnership with Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Craig Jacobson, Jim Wiatt, and Discovery Communications. Wilson is also the Executive Chairman and CEO of Dreamcatcher Broadcasting, a television group comprised of 3 stations: WNEP, an affiliate of ABC serving Wilkes Barre, PA; WTKR, a CBS affiliate serving Norfolk, VA; and WGNT, an affiliate of CW serving Norfolk, VA.

Previously, Wilson served as Executive Chairman of Timeline Labs – a big-data social intelligence network that provides the world’s leading media companies and brands with social content focusing on hyper-local, national and global news – which he successfully guided to an acquisition by SeaChange International, Inc. (NASDAQ: SEAC), a TV software-services company.

Prior to these recent endeavors, Wilson was President of Tribune Broadcasting, and Chief Revenue Officer of The Tribune Company (2008-2011). Earlier in his career, Wilson held top-level executive roles with FOX Television Network (President, 2004-2008), NBC Enterprises (Founder, President 2000-2004), and CBS Enterprises (Founder, President, COO 1996-2000). Wilson joined CBS when the network acquired MaXaM Entertainment, the independent syndication company he founded in partnership with A.H. Belo Corp in 1996.

In addition to his aforementioned roles, Wilson currently serves as an advisor to Guggenheim Partners. Wilson is a member of the Board of Trustees for Southern Methodist University, the Executive Board of the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, the Dean’s Executive Advisory Board of the Walton College at the University of Arkansas, and is a board member for both the San Diego Zoo and SeaChange International, Inc. (NASDAQ: SEAC). He received a BSBA in finance and banking from the Walton College in 1980.


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.

Instructions for Students

Find information and reminders about regalia, guests, arrival times, and parking. 

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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, 2017 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

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