Ouachita Center

UARM Sees Largest Graduating Class in a Decade

Ceremonies Relocated to Ouachita Center

2022-05-02 00:00:00

[May 2, 2022 | MENA, Ark.]  The University of Arkansas Rich Mountain will see its largest graduating class in over a decade.  Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Thursday, May 5. Traditionally, the ceremony is held on the pristine front lawn of the Mena campus, one of the only outdoor ceremonies within the UA System.  However, with rain forecasted, UARM Administration has made the difficult call to move graduation to the Ouachita Center. 

There will now be two ceremonies at 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm.  Because of limited seating available in the Ouachita Center, guests attending the 7:00 pm ceremony are encouraged to not arrive until 6:30 pm to allow the 5:00 pm ceremony attendees to exit the facilities. Graduates must still arrive one hour prior to their ceremony.

Graduating during the 5:00 pm ceremony will be all Associate of Arts, Associate of General Studies, Certificate of General Studies, Associate of Science in Business Administration, Associate of Applied Science / Certificates in Business & Information Technology with IT emphasis, Associate of Applied Science / Certificates in Business & Information Technology with Business Administration emphasis, Associate of Applied Science / Certificates in Business & Information Technology with Office Technology emphasis.

Graduating during the 7:00 pm ceremony will be Cosmetology and related certificates, Associate of Applied Science / certificates for Massage Therapy, Associate of Applied Science in General Technology, Associate of Applied Science and/or certificates in Health Information Billing & Coding, Phlebotomy certificate, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA certificate), Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN certificate), Registered Nursing – Associate of Applied Science, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT certificate), Associate of Applied Science and/or certificates in Machine Tool, Associate of Applied Science and/or certificate in Welding, and GED graduates.

The college will have a total of 376 graduates, including 42 General Educational Development (GED) graduates. There will be 74 completing their Associate of Arts and 76 earning their Associate of General Studies. The remaining graduates will be receiving their certificates.            

Jerod McCormick, Assistant Athletic Director, stated that 20 of the current Buck athletes have signed letters of intent to continue playing their respective sport while finishing their education at 4-year universities.

Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs Chad Fielding stated, “We regret having to relocate our ceremonies this year due to weather, but graduation is the ultimate celebration at UARM, and we won’t let the weather spoil the joy of the occasion.”

UA Rich Mountain’s mission is to provide transformative education to all learners.

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