Graduation plans for high schools and colleges in Northwest Arkansas and River Valley


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Graduation plans are being released for high schools and colleges in our area.

Here is the latest information on in-person graduations:

Arkansas Tech University
May 6-8 Throne Stadium at Buerkle Field
Class of 2020 ceremony on May 6. There is no guess limit if the ceremony is able to be held at the stadium.

Fayetteville High School
Commencement for the Class of 2021: Thursday, May 13, Bud Walton Arena
Three graduation ceremonies will be held for the class of 2021 from Fayetteville High School, ALLPS School of Innovation, and Fayetteville Virtual Academy:

  • Ceremony #1 – 2:00 p.m. (Last Names R-Z)
  • Ceremony #2 – 4:30 p.m. (Last Names H-Q)
  • Ceremony #3 – 7:00 p.m. (Last Names A-G)

Fort Smith High School Graduation
May 20-21 at Jim Rowland Stadium (Southside) and Mayo-Thompson Stadium (Northside)
Both ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. COVID-19 safety precautions in place.

Harding University
Friday, May 7 at 4 p.m., and four ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 8 at 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the University’s George S. Benson Auditorium.
All COVID-19 guidelines for social distancing and safety will be followed. 

John Brown University Commencement
Saturday, May 22 at Siloam Springs High School Football Stadium
In-person graduation with limited attendance.

NorthWest Arkansas Community College(NWACC) Graduation Ceremony
Saturday, May 1 at Rogers High School Whitey Smith Stadium
Social distancing and all COVID-19 safety precautions in place. Two ceremonies, 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

University of Arkansas Fort Smith Commencement
May 7-9 at Stubblefield Center
All commencement ceremonies will follow protocols set forth by the Arkansas Department of Health.

University of Arkansas Commencement
May 6-8 at Bud Walton Arena, Barnhill Arena and Faulkner Performing Arts
In-person graduation and live streamed on YouTube.

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