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Academic Awards Ceremony
April 24, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Shewmaker Center for Workforce and Economic Development
May 11, 2019
Arend Arts Center, Bentonville High School
1901 SE J Street, Bentonville, Arkansas
Live stream on the NWACC Facebook Page
Students must apply to graduate in order to be a part of the Commencement Ceremony.
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
- 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
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 7; 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 friend with video cameras to sit int he 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.