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Graduation & Commencement

Graduation Check


In order to verify that a student has met all requirements for graduation, a Dean's Degree Check and a Graduation Check must be conducted. These checks are to be done in the semester prior to the student's semester of graduation. The following steps must be taken:

  1. A Dean's Degree Check must be done by the dean of the student's major. After it is established that the student meets all graduation requirements, the student makes an appointment with the Registrar's Office for a Graduation Check.
  2. A final Graduation Check must be conducted by the Registrar's Office.

It is the student's responsibility to make appointments for the Degree Plan Check and the Graduation Check. Students will not be considered for graduation until both steps are complete.


Commencement Information

Saturday, December 5, 2020 • 2 p.m. • Cliff Harris Stadium

Ouachita's commencement ceremony originally scheduled for May 2020 is now planned for Saturday, December 5, 2020, at 2 p.m. at Cliff Harris Stadium.

Thank you for your patience as we've made continued adjustments in response to the pandemic. Additional details will be released soon. 

Commencement for 2021 graduates is scheduled for Saturday, May 8, 2021. Location and other details TBD.

Guests may use available space on any university parking lot (See Maps & Directions). A limited amount of parking is available on the streets surrounding the campus.

Guest seating will be limited due to capacity constraints to maintain physical distancing. The number of tickets will be determined based on how many graduates participate. Graduates will receive additional information about tickets for guests soon. Seating will be reserved for the graduating class, faculty, program guests and those requiring accommodation. Friends and family not able to attend in person may watch live at or through the Livestream app.

Commencement will continue even with rain unless there is lightning or other danger that would require canceling. Dress warmly and bring a poncho for possible rain.

Guests who need accommodation due to limited mobility (walkers or wheelchairs) may make arrangements to reserve parking and seating by contacting the Registrar’s Office, 870.245.4298

Commencement will be streamed live at The video will be available there after the event, as well. 

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