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Complete Graduation Information

Academic Awards Ceremony 2019




April 24, 2019

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Wal-Mart Auditorium
Shewmaker Center for Workforce and Economic Development

Information Session 2019




May 7, 2019

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Becky Paneitz Student Center 108

Commencement Ceremony 2019

Students must apply to graduate in order to be a part of the commencement ceremony. 







May 11, 2019

8:00 am - Nursing Pinning
10:00 am - Health Professions/Food Studies
12:00 pm - Business and Computer Information
2:00 pm - Communication and Arts
4:00 pm - Science and Mathematics/Social and Behavioral Science/Education

Arend Arts Center, Bentonville High School
1901 SE J Street, Bentonville, Arkansas

Live stream on the NWACC Facebook Page

2019 Commencement Program (pdf)

Commencement Ceremony Information

Students participating in the commencement ceremony may purchase their caps, gowns and announcements through the Barnes & Noble Campus Bookstore located on the first floor of the Becky Paneitz Student Center.

Tip: To remove the wrinkles, hang up your gown after purchasing,

Honors cords - students eligible to wear an honor cord may purchase them at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore

Veterans cords - students who served in the U.S. armed forces are provided a red, white and blue stole to wear during commencement. Qualified students need to contact Veterans Resources.

International flag stoles - students interested in purchasing a stole to represent their country's flag during the commencement ceremony, contact International Programs

Check In

  • Arrive 45 minutes before your ceremony check in. During your check in, you will receive your reader card
  • This card will have your full name, degree/certificates and honors that will be announced during the ceremony. Be sure to hold onto this card

Tip: Leave all valuables (purse, wallet, etc.) at home since we cannot provide a secure place for them. Remember to turn off your cell phone before the ceremony begins.


Professional pictures ae taken during the ceremony and will include one with the traditional handing of the diploma tube. Information about the pictures are provided at the graduate information session and the day of commencement

Ceremony Attire

The ceremony will be indoors so dress according to the weather for that day.

Tip: We recommend wearing high heels under 3 inches since you will be standing for a long length of time.

Be sure to stop by the alumni reception after the ceremony with your invited guests.

Parking is located on the north and east side of the Arend Arts Center.

Seating at Arend Arts Center is limited and we ask that you limit your number of guests to seven; however, if your number of guest exceeds this amount by a person or two, it will be fine for them to attend.

We ask for family and friends with video cameras to sit in the back of the auditorium to not obstruct the view of others.

Do not block the aisles since students, faculty and staff will be using the aisle during the ceremony.