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Ceremony Information

COVID-19 Requirements

  • Face coverings are required for entry into Centennial Bank Stadium, and while walking within the stadium.  You can take off your mask when you cross the stage for photo opportunities.
  • All seating is physically distanced at least three feet apart.
  • Please physically distance in any lines to enter the stadium.  Restrooms have posted occupancy levels.  Please walk on the right side of any walkways.
  • There is no robing room, processional into the venue or recessional march out of the venue.  Please come to the SAC in your regalia, and when you have walked across the stage and taken your photos, please depart the stadium.

Concessions will be open with beverages (coffee, soda and water) and candy for guests to purchase. 1 stand per side of the stadium. Water for the graduates is provided by the university.

For those who cannot attend in person, live streaming of the commencement ceremonies will be available online.

In case of inclement weather, the alternate date is the following day, Sunday, May 9, beginning at 1 p.m. 

Guests for the Ceremony

A-State is pleased to announce there will not be a restriction on the number of guests in attendance.  This means tickets will not be issued or required for guest attendance. Graduates must RSVP to indicate they will be attending. 

Parking

Due to recent rainfall, there will be NO parking on grass surfaces on campus. All residential parking near Centennial Bank Stadium will be available with the gates up. Consult the online parking map for locations not normally available during football season.

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Clear Bag Policy and One-Time Exceptions

For those in attendance, please note that the university’s clear bag policy will be enforced. No outside food and drink will be allowed. Sodexo will have water, coffee and soft drinks for sale on both sides of the stadium.  In case of rain and to help with the weather, umbrellas/ponchos and blankets will be allowed.

The Ceremony

After remarks from the Chancellor, Provost and our student speaker, graduates will walk to the stage.

Marshalls assisting with the flow of graduates will let your row know when it is time to stand and move forward.  Please keep physical distancing by standing next to the chairs as you advance.  Move one chair or row at a time until reaching the Red Wolf spacing dots near the stage.  Please wear your mask until you reach one of the two ready spots on stage.  You may remove your mask as you walk across the stage to receive your diploma cover and your class challenge coin.  You may also remove your mask for photos afterwards.

Walk Cards

You will receive two cards when you pick up your cap and gown from the bookstore. Please bring these cards with you to the commencement ceremony. It is important that you have these for the announcer and photographer. Please consider these cards as part of your “regalia” and come to the ceremony with them. 

Picking Up Your Diploma

For your safety, picking up your diploma/certificate is not an option for this term, so please submit your mailing address using this link. Diplomas will be mailed only to graduates who complete the online form. Diplomas can be mailed to a Jonesboro address.

Diplomas will not be distributed to students who have an account balance.

Diplomas will NOT be mailed to third parties including family members, unless written consent is provided.

Diplomas will begin being mailed the week of May 24th, 2021 and will continue to be processed for several business days thereafter.

Did Not Receive My Diploma

First, log into Banner Self-Service and check your transcript to see if your degree has been awarded (this process takes several business days after final grades are posted)

If your degree has been awarded, next check if your student account has a zero balance. Diplomas will not be distributed to students who have an account balance. Contact the Student Accounts for information on paying your balance.

If your degree has been awarded, you have a zero balance, and you notified the Office of the Registrar to mail your diploma through the link you were provided prior to graduation, but your diploma has not arrived, please email graduation@astate.edu with your name, Student ID, and mailing address. (If you have paid off your student account since final grades were posted, you must notify graduation@astate.edu with the information listed.)

Upcoming Graduations

Spring 2021  

  • May 8, 2021
  • 11 a.m. (NEW START TIME)

Location:
Centennial Bank Stadium

RSVP/Check-in
Graduates must RSVP indicating their plan to attend/walk. RSVP email has been sent to the graduating student. Students are to check-in at the Student Activity Center.


Military Commissioning Service

Date:
Friday, May 7

Time:
1:00 pm

Location:
Reng Student Union auditorium