University of Arkansas ready to start

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — On Friday and Saturday, the University of Arkansas will host its graduating debut.

However, this spring’s return to school will not be like the previous one.

“There will be no COVID precautions, no mandates, no rules, no requirements,” says John Thomas of the University of Arkansas.

This means that there will be no capacity limit, no masks required and no tickets required to attend any of the ceremonies.

“We feel bad that previous classes had to go through a condensed start. But as far as this year’s graduates go, they’ve only been on campus for a year, so they’ve seen it all and they’ve had to go through a lot to get here,” says Thomas.

Senior graduates say it’s something that happened just in time.

“We are super excited, and it will be great to have all of our family and friends able to attend,” said senior Emily McRae.

McRae says she is grateful to be able to take the stage in front of all of her family and friends. she said she would also walk on stage for her sister.

“My sister graduated in 2020, so she couldn’t make it through the stage, so I know she’s thrilled that I’m getting there, and we can share the moment together,” McRae said.

The university says that, unlike the pre-pandemic start, all events will take place at Bud Walton Arena or Barn Hill Arena.

For friends or family who cannot attend in person, there will always be a virtual option.

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