The University of Arkansas’ first graduates of 2018 will walk the stage Friday to begin a weekend of commencements.
There are seven graduation ceremonies happening at the U of A this weekend and that will likely cause traffic to be more congested than usual.
The only ceremony on Friday is at 3 p.m. at Bud Walton Arena. There are six ceremonies on Saturday, the first starts at 8:30 a.m. and the final one begins at 5:30 p.m.
During that time, University police will be directing traffic as people make their way on and off campus. There will not be any road closures and traffic lights should function as usual.
Media relations manager Steve Voorhies says University police will keep traffic moving.
“They’ve got a lot of experience directing traffic, it will really flow very smoothly, I’ve rarely heard any complaints about traffic on commencement weekend,” Voorhies said.
There is also a Razorback baseball game at Baum Stadium tomorrow afternoon so expect some additional traffic on Razorback Road as well.
Voorhies says the best thing drivers can do is give themselves extra time to get wherever they’re going.
There are a number of other events happening this weekend.
Saturday morning is the Square to Square Bike Ride on the Razorback Greenway.
Cyclists will leave from the Fayetteville square between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and ride to the Bentonville square — where events will be happening.
Later, the Foam Fest Beer Festival will take over the Fayetteville square from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at night.
In Gravette, Autism Involves Me will be raising money during it’s third annual AIM Walk at Horton Farms, that starts at nine in the morning.
And in Rogers, the American Heart Association is hosting it’s 6th Annual Heart Ball, doors open at 5:30 p.m.