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COMMENCEMENT

Commencement is a time-honored tradition that celebrates the academic accomplishments of students. During commencement ceremonies at Arkansas State University-Newport, we recognize the learning, commitment, and effort by our students in completing their degree. This is a special event for the students and for all of those involved in supporting and encouraging them through this journey.

There are commencement ceremonies at the end of the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Fall commencement is typically held on the second Friday in December for all ASU-Newport students who completed their academic degrees during the fall term. Spring commencement is typically held on the second Friday in May for all ASU-Newport students who completed their academic degrees during the spring term. Summer commencement is typically held on the first Thursday of August for all ASU-Newport students who completed their academic degrees during the summer term.

Students register their commencement attendance when they apply for graduation. The following guidelines should be used when selecting the appropriate commencement term:

Fall Commencement

Students who attended the ASU-Newport Newport, Jonesboro, or Marked Tree campus.
Students who are enrolled in, or will be enrolled in, the classes needed to graduate in the fall term.

Spring Commencement

Students who attended the ASU-Newport Newport, Jonesboro, or Marked Tree campus.
Students who are enrolled in, or will be enrolled in, the classes needed to graduate in the spring term.

Summer Commencement

Students who attended the ASU-Newport Newport, Jonesboro, or Marked Tree campus.
Students who are enrolled in, or will be enrolled in, the classes needed to graduate in the summer term.
Students who are within 12 hours of degree completion and who will complete these hours in the following summer term.

APPLYING FOR DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES

Continuous enrollment is defined as a student being enrolled without sitting out a fall or spring semester. If continuously enrolled, students may graduate under the ASU-Newport catalog in effect when they first enrolled or the current catalog. If students enroll after sitting out at least one semester, they may graduate under the catalog in effect when they re-enrolled or the current catalog. Transfer students must have earned at least 15 credit hours at ASU-Newport to receive a degree or a technical certificate with a cumulative GPA of 2.0.

Please Note: Students do not have the ability to choose which commencement ceremony they participate in.
(Example: If your degree is conferred in May, you cannot walk in August or December.)

Students are expected to attend the graduation ceremony during the semester their degree is to be awarded.

IMPORTANT DATES

Commencement Ceremony

Campuses Included

Deadline to Submit Intent to Graduate Form

Fall  Newport, Jonesboro, and Marked Tree See the Current Academic Calendar for the Deadline: https://www.asun.edu/catalogs

Spring

Newport, Jonesboro, and Marked Tree

See the Current Academic Calendar for the Deadline: https://www.asun.edu/catalogs

Summer

Newport, Jonesboro, and Marked Tree

See the Current Academic Calendar for the Deadline: https://www.asun.edu/catalogs

Click here to access the Intent to Graduate Form.

UPCOMING COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES

Fall Commencement 2020
Due to COVID-19, the Fall 2020 ceremony has been canceled. Fall 2020 graduates will be able to participate in the Spring 2021 ceremonies. 

Spring 2021 Commencement 

May 14, 2021
Time: 10:00 am Health Professions / 1:00 pm Applied Science / 3:00 pm General Education  
Location: ASU-Newport Center for the Arts
7648 Victory Blvd.
Newport, AR

Graduate Check-In: May 14, 2021  Time:  9:00 am Health Professions, 12:00 pm Applied Science, and 2:00 pm General Education  Location: Parking Lot between the Student Community Center and Walton Hall

Commencement Practice: TBA

Ticket Request: ASU-Newport is hosting an in-person commencement ceremony to recognize the academic achievements of the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 graduates. Due to limited seating at the outdoor venue, each graduate will be allowed to invite up to three guests to their respective commencement ceremonies. If you do not need to use your three tickets, please leave those fields blank. Ticket requests will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Requests will be granted up to the capacity of the location. Note: Guests include persons of all ages (i.e. baby, child, teen, and adult). If you have questions, please email For more information about the commencement ceremonies, please visit https://www.asun.edu/graduation. 

Graduates-Click here to request your tickets. 

Summer 2021 Commencement 
July 30, 2021
Time: 10:00 am

Location: ASU-Newport Center for the Arts
7648 Victory Blvd.
Newport, AR

Graduate Check-In: To Be Announced

Commencement Practice: To Be Announced

CAPPING AND PINNING CEREMONIES

Capping and Pinning ceremonies are held to honor students who are graduating from Practical Nursing and ARNEC. Students graduating from these programs MUST attend the Capping and Pinning ceremony and are encouraged to attend the commencement ceremony. 

Fall 2020 Capping and Pinning

Due to COVID-19, the Fall 2020 capping and pinning ceremony has been canceled. Additional information will be sent as it becomes available. 

Spring 2021 Capping and Pinning
May 14, 2021
Times:10:00 am Health Professions 
Location: ASU-Newport Center for the Arts
7648 Victory Blvd.
Newport, AR

Capping and Pinning Practice: TBA (Location: Center for the Arts)

Commencement Regalia Policy

Candidates for degrees must wear robes. Robe and cap colors are black, Tasses are Persian Blue/Black. Undergraduate degree candidates who will graduate with honors (Students who have a 3.8 Cumulative GPA or higher) will receive a medallion and gold cord at Commencement Check-in. The Phi Theta Kappa stole is worn by graduates with who are Phi Theta Kappa members. The red, white and blue cord is worn by graduates who are veterans.

Undergraduate degree candidates place tassels on the right side of the mortarboard until their degrees are conferred at the Commencement. The tassels are switched to the left side as a part of the ceremony and are worn on that side at college and school ceremonies and any time thereafter. 

Mortarboards may be decorated on the top only and must be non-distracting to the ceremony and other graduates. 

Graduates will be asked to remove any adornments that are offensive or that do not comply with this policy.

REGALIA

There are TWO WAYS to order your commencement regalia [cap, gown, and tassel]:

1. Brown’s will be at one of our ASU-Newport Campus locations:  Dates are below under your graduation: (Fall/Spring/Summer)

SPRING 2021 COMMENCEMENT:

·         Newport Campus:  March 29, 2021 / 10am – 2pm  /  The Hub at the back of the Larry N. Williams Student Community Center

·         Marked Tree Campus: March 30, 2021 /  10am – 2pm  /  Main Hallway of Building A

·         Jonesboro Campus:  March 31, 2021  / 10am – 2 pm  /  Common Area of Main Building

SUMMER 2021 COMMENCEMENT:

·         Newport Campus:  June 21, 2021  / 10am – 2pm  /  The Hub at the back of the Larry N. Williams Student Community Center

·         Marked Tree Campus: June 22, 2021  /  10am – 2pm  /  Main Hallway of Building A

·         Jonesboro Campus:  June 23, 2021  / 10am – 2 pm  /  Common Area of Main Building

2. Contact Brown’s Graduation Supplies directly at their Jonesboro location:
Brown’s Graduation Supplies
1410 Franklin Street
Jonesboro, AR  72401
PH:  870.932.4832

Note: Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) stoles may be purchased at Brown's Graduation Supplies or speak to the PTK advisor about a stole. 

DIPLOMA DISTRIBUTION

Diplomas will not be distributed during the commencement ceremony. Ten (10) business days after each commencement ceremony, the Registrar's Office will confer degrees and mail out diplomas once they are printed. 

If you have questions, please email

COMMENCEMENT CHECKLIST

  1. Confirm with your academic advisor that you will meet all of the requirements.
  2. Complete and submit the Intent to Graduate form.
  3. Order your regalia.
  4. Review commencement event details
  5. If you participate in commencement, complete your commencement survey which will be emailed to you the week following commencement.

QUESTIONS ABOUT COMMENCEMENT?

If you have any questions, you may contact  .