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Fall Commencement Ceremony Planned for Dec. 16, almost 2,000 Students to Graduate


JONESBORO – The 2023 Fall Commencement for Arkansas State University will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, at First National Bank Arena, 217 Olympic Dr.

Dr. Todd Shields, chancellor, and Dr. Calvin White Jr., provost and executive vice chancellor, will confer degrees upon graduates from eight colleges, including Agriculture, Neil Griffin College of Business, Education and Behavioral Science, Engineering and Computer Science, Liberal Arts and Communication, Nursing and Health Professions, Sciences and Mathematics and University College.

Almost 2,000 graduates will receive doctoral, specialist, master's, bachelor's and associate degrees at the ceremony.

Bao Nguyen of Vietnam will be the featured speaker on behalf of the graduating class. Nguyen, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in physics, was selected due to having the highest GPA and most A-State hours.

Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. and graduates are asked to arrive at least an hour before the start of the ceremony. Graduates will be seated by college and alphabetically. Guests and graduates can enter the arena through the red and yellow entrances.

Attendees are welcome to sit anywhere that is not designated or reserved.

Those planning to attend the ceremony are encouraged to arrive early as traffic will be heavy, and guests are encouraged to plan accordingly.

All parking near First National Bank Arena will be available with gates up. Parking on grass surfaces will not be permitted. There is a clear bag policy that will be enforced for all guests. Details on parking locations for graduation can be found online

Those who cannot attend the ceremony may view the livestream at AState.edu/live.

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A student receives his diploma at commencement.