Virtual Commencement Ceremony Slated for 10 a.m. Saturday

UAFS Virtual Commencement The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host a virtual commencement ceremony tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, for graduates of the fall class of 2020.


John Jeter, director and conductor of the Fort Smith Symphony, will speak during the 10 a.m. premier, which will launch from the UAFS YouTube account via playlist.


The virtual commencement ceremony will feature 469 students who elected to participate in the event, including fall 2020 candidates for graduation and spring and summer 2020 graduates who elected to participate in the event.


A total of 448 students completed graduation requirements during this year’s fall semester.


UAFS Chancellor Dr. Terisa Riley will welcome graduates to the virtual commencement and be followed by University of Arkansas System President Donald R. Bobbitt and Jeter’s address. Academic deans will congratulate graduates in the main video, after which members of the UAFS Foundation Board and Board of Visitors will offer compliments.


Following the first video’s launch, UAFS administrators will welcome graduates for the traditional name readings and a virtual processional. Each college will announce its graduates in a unique video tribute with introductions from faculty and deans, including Dr. Ken Warden, dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology; Dr. Latisha Settlage, interim dean of the College of Business; Dr. Paul Hankins, dean of the College of Communication, Languages, Arts and Social Sciences; Dr. Linus Yu, interim dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; and Dr. Lynn Korvick, interim dean of the College of Health Sciences.


Following each college’s ceremony, the UAFS alma mater will be played under the direction of Dr. Alexandra Zacharella, associate professor of music, and featuring soloist Audra Weathers, a UAFS music major. 


The final element of the virtual commencement ceremony will be a tribute from the UAFS Alumni Association, welcoming graduates into the next phase of their life as Lions. The Alumni Advisory Council, along with graduates who completed their studies from all phases of our institution, and who hail from across the country, have joined together to encourage the newest UAFS alumni in this closing video of the day.


All commencement videos were filmed individually using safe social distancing protocols and following directives of the Arkansas Department of Health. 



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Date Posted: 
Friday, December 11, 2020
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