Little Rock Area: 2019 Graduation Process & Commencement Ceremony Information

The information below outlines important deadlines, reminders, forms and other items pertinent in order to graduate from Webster University and to participate in the Little Rock Area’s commencement ceremony. **Please remember that graduating from Webster University, which is a student completing all of their academic requirements, is different than participating in the commencement ceremony.**



 Important Deadlines

1. Submit the petition to graduate form and email LTRK at if students want to participate in St Louis Ceremony.


. Submit petition to graduate form for Little Rock Area by Friday, March 8, 2019. 



3. Order cap, tassel, gown, and hood by

  • Thursday, April 4, 2019
  • Required to participate in the ceremony

4. Submit Little Rock Area Commencement Participation Form

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019

5Graduate names due for the commencement program

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Important Reminders

1. St. Louis Ceremony

The 100th Annual Commencement honoring all 2018–2019 graduates from August, October and December 2018 and March and May 2019 will be held Saturday, May 11, 2019, at the Muny in Forest Park. 


The Muny in Forest Park
#1 Theatre Drive
Midtown St. Louis, MO 63112


The Main Commencement Ceremony will be streamed live at


  • Only students who completed, or are scheduled to complete, all of their academic requirements by the Spring 2 2019 term are allowed to participate in the St. Louis Ceremony.
  •  St. Louis Commencement for more information on the St. Louis Ceremony.
  • RSVP for Ceremony click here


2. Names Printed in Little Rock Area’s Commencement Program

  • Only students who completed, or are scheduled to complete, all of their academic requirements by the Spring 2 2019 term will have their name printed in the 2019 Little Rock Area Commencement Ceremony program.
  • Students scheduled to complete all of their academic requirements in the Summer 2019 term will have their name printed in the 2020 Little Rock Area Commencement Ceremony program but will fully participate in the 2019 ceremony (your name is read and can walk across the stage, participates in the class photo, etc.)


3. Commencement Ceremony Attire and Dress Code

  • The traditional commencement ceremony attire (cap, gown, hood, etc) or a military uniform is required for the commencement ceremony.
  • Shoes should be black, or an extremely dark gray, and we strongly discourage from wearing “strappy” or open-toed shoes.
  • Ladies should wear black skirts or dresses underneath regalia. 
  • Gentlemen should wear black trousers or dark navy
  • Students who do not wear the commencement ceremony attire or adhere to the dress code will not participate in the ceremony or the class photo.

  Graduating From Webster

1. Schedule an Exit Interview with Academic Advisor

  • Students who anticipate completing their coursework in the Spring 2 or Summer 2019 terms need to schedule an exit interview with the academic advisor. In the exit interview, students review their degree audit and discuss any possible holds on their account. Most importantly, the exit interview offers directions on how to complete the petition to graduate online form.   
  • Please call either campus to schedule an appointment with Ms. Carr, Untrese Wesley, or Dr. Rhodes.


2. Submit a Petition to Graduate

  • Submit your petition to graduate after meeting with the academic advisor.
  • Submitting a petition to graduate online is required to graduate from Webster University.
  • Submit a petition to graduate form by Monday, February 11, 2019, if the student wants to participate in St. Louis Ceremony and by May 1, 2019, if the student only wants to participate in the Little Rock Area Ceremony.
  • The student will receive an automated email reply from the Office of Academic Affairs after submitting the petition.
  • This automated reply does not confirm that the online form has been approved. It only confirms that the petition was received by the Office of Academic Affairs.
  • A student submitting an incorrect petition to graduate form is common and it is usually because the student misread or did not understand their degree audit, entered the wrong graduation term, or the wrong program or major.
  • An incorrect petition to graduate is not approved and the student is not notified until weeks later. The student will have to resubmit another form.
  • We ask that students schedule an exit interview before submitting the online form. The academic advisor reviews the student’s degree audit and provides assistance in completing the petition to graduate online form.  


3. Graduating With Honors

  • A student who completes a graduate degree (including all required, elective, prerequisite, and transfer courses) while maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.950 receives Graduate Academic Honors. Sequential degrees are not eligible for graduate academic honors.


4. Clear Business Office Accounts

  • Students who have completed all of their academic requirements to graduate must clear their Student Business Office account balance prior to the release of your diploma and transcript. Credit card payments are subject to a 2.75% convenience fee. Check payments have a holding period of ten days before the release of transcripts. For more information, call the Business Office at 1-800-981-9803.


5. Graduation Candidacy Fee 

  • Graduation Candidacy fees are automatically assessed when students reach a certain number of hours in their program of enrollment. The Registrar's Office provides the Bursar's Office with a file of Graduation Candidates, so the $75.00 fee will automatically be posted to student accounts. Graduation Candidacy Fees are non-refundable and do not depend on if the student participates in the commencement ceremony. 


5. Receiving Diploma and Official Transcript

  • The student’s diploma is mailed to the address indicated on their petition to graduate approximately 10-12 weeks after they completed all their academic requirements.
  • An official transcript is issued through the Office of the Registrar and is only issued if the student's account is paid in full. Please click here to learn more about obtaining a transcript.
  • A diploma or an official transcript is not released if the student has a balance of the student account.



                         Little Rock Area Commencement Ceremony

1. General Ceremony Information

Sunday, June 9, 2019, at 2:00 p.m.

Albert Pike Masonic Center

712 Scott Street, Little Rock, AR 72201


Speaker: Frank Scott, Jr. Mayor of Little Rock


2.  Ceremony Timeline 

12:00 p.m.   Check-in the student room (please see Ms. Alyson or Taylor)
(Graduates must check-in by 12:00 p.m.)
1:00 p.m.   Graduate photograph
1:30 p.m.   Processional of degree candidates
2:00 p.m.   Ceremony begins

More information will be provided at the mandatory graduate rehearsal at 10 am. 


3. Participation Form

  • Complete this form by Wednesday, May 1, 2019, if you would like to participate in the Little Rock Area Commencement Ceremony. Please click here to download the 2019 participation form ** When you submit your Participation Form, please cc your Webster Email account to confirm delivery or receipt**
  • IMPORTANT-Once you submit your form visit either campus to pick up your tickets.  15 tickets will be reserved for 15 guests. 

4. Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal for all graduates

  • Rehearsal is scheduled for Sunday, June 9th at 10:00 am. The rehearsal will include information about the processional, seating, and also gives participants a chance to ask questions.

 **Please be on time**

5. Commencement Ceremony Attire and Dress Code

  • The traditional commencement ceremony attire (cap, gown, hood, etc) or a military uniform is required for the commencement ceremony
  • Shoes should be black (or an extremely dark gray, navy blue, etc.) and we strongly discourage wearing “strappy” or open-toed shoes.
  • Ladies should wear black skirts or dresses underneath regalia. 
  • Gentlemen should wear black trousers or dark navy
  • Students who do not wear the commencement ceremony attire or adhere to the dress code will not participate in the ceremony or the class photo.


6. Cap, Gown, & Hood

  • Please click here to purchase your graduation attire. The ordering form will ask students to indicate their major (ARTS, BUSINESS, HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, etc). Please pay close attention when you make your selection because this will determine what color your hood is for the ceremony.
  • The color of the hoods are below:

MA - Master of Arts - White
MS - Master of Science - Gold
MBA - Master of Business Administration - Drab
MHA - Master of Health Administration - Salmon
MPA - Master of Public Administration – Peacock Blue


  • Please click here to watch an instructional video on how to put on the hood and other graduation clothing.
  • The traditional commencement ceremony attire (cap, tassel, gown, and hood) or a military uniform must be worn to participate in the ceremony.
  • Josten's states that the ordering deadline is April 4, 2019, and it usually ships within 5 weeks. Please contact Josten's at 1-800-854-7464 if you have any questions concerning regalia.

7. Ticketing

Each student will be provided 15 tickets for guests (kids are welcomed. They are not counted as guests. Please indicate how many children will attend on your participation form. Guests without a ticket will NOT enter.  Due to the capacity of the venue, we can only accommodate those who are counted for. 

8. Announcements

  • Please click here if you would like to order announcements through Jostens.
  • You can order your announcements separately from Jostens.

9. Parking

Parking areas for guests will be available at Second Baptist parking lot on 8th and Cumberland, or First Presbyterian Church parking lot on 9th and Scott street. Students should come to either campus to pick up their guest tickets and a parking pass along with instructions on student parking.  Parking signs will be provided on the lot.


10. Handicap Access

Students who have guests that are wheelchair bound, please enter the building on the south end to access the elevator on 8th Street. (The elevator is a two-person elevator) Once your guests have arrived on the 2nd floor, a doorman will be present to assist. 

11. Seating

Seating will be available on the top balcony and lower level of the auditorium. Guests with wheelchairs will have a section of reserved signs to be seated. All other guests will be directed to their seats by Webster volunteers.




                                    Little Rock Area Contact  Information


Little Rock Campus: 
200 West Capitol Ave.
Suite 1500
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone (501) 375-1511, Fax (501) 375-1623 |


Little Rock Air Force Base Campus: 
1490 Vandenberg Blvd., Suite 109
Jacksonville, AR 72099
Phone (501) 988-5331, Fax (501) 988-1571 |

Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 2:00pm

Albert Pike Masonic Center, Auditorium, 2nd Floor 712 Scott St, Little Rock, AR 72201





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