University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Commencement Ceremony

The Sam M. Walton College of Business Spring 2018 Commencement program will take place Saturday, May 12th at 1:00pm in Bud Walton Arena. All friends and family are encouraged to attend.

Commencement Speaker: John Furner

President and CEO, Sam’s Club
BSBA ’96

John Furner John Furner serves as president and chief executive officer of Sam’s Club, a members-only warehouse club with over 100,000 associates and nearly 600 clubs throughout the U.S. and in Puerto Rico. Sam's Club is a division of Walmart, Inc., headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Since becoming president and CEO in 2017, Furner has implemented a transformation plan based on the three priorities of People, Product and Digital that is producing momentum throughout the business.

Furner started with Walmart as an hourly associate in 1993 and has held numerous roles in Walmart U.S., Sam’s Club and Walmart International.

He most recently served as executive vice president and chief merchandising officer at Sam’s Club. Prior to that, he served as chief merchandising and chief marketing officer of Walmart China, where he was over merchandising, procurement, marketing, supply chain, financial services and mobile commerce for the Hypermarket division.

Furner earned a bachelor of science in business administration in marketing from the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas in 1996 and completed the High Potentials Leadership program.

A native Arkansan, Furner and his wife Brandy are active members of the northwest Arkansas community and the proud parents of four children.


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. 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, so that necessary arrangements can be made.

Please contact (479) 575-6135 if you have questions, concerns, or suggestions. For information on University Commencement, visit

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