Philander Smith College Commencement 2020 and 2021
The schedule for Cap and Gown pick-up for the Class of 2021 is as follows.
Monday, May 3 – Friday, May 7
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Office of the Registrar
Cox Administration Building
Philander Smith College
Class of 2020 graduates MUST wear their academic regalia (Cap and Gown) that they have already received from the College in order to participate in Commencement. You may also bring your degree cover to the event.
Why the limited seating?
Safety, Security, and Parking Information
Congratulations to our 2021 and 2020 graduating seniors! To assist you during this memorable event, you are being provided information that should help you and your family prepare for commencement day. Please print and refer back to this information on May 8, 2021.
Graduating students should park in the Statehouse Parking Dec k (located at 201 Main Street). The Parking Deck is a city structure and there will be a fee for parking. (Please be advised that the parking deck is a block away from the Convention Center)
Commencement Guests should park in the Statehouse Parking Deck (located at 201 Main Street). The Parking Desk is a city structure and there will be a fee for parking.
(Please be advised that the parking deck is a block away from the Convention Center.)
There are additional parking spaces on smaller lots near the Convention Center as well as street parking. Meters are not active on Saturdays in Downtown Little Rock (meaning street parking is free).
Students will not be permitted to reserve seats for family members prior to the commencement. PLEASE NOTE THAT EACH STUDENT IS ALLOCATED FOUR (4) TICKTES FOR GUESTS. The Convention Center will open at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, at which time seating will be available on a first come, first served basis. Holding seats will not be permitted.
Convention Center guidelines for social distancing will be enforced.
Attendees will not be permitted to stand along the back wall inside of the room where Commencement Exercises will be held. All commencement attendees must be seated in accordance with Convention Center guidelines for social distancing.
Handicap Drop Off & Seating
Disabled persons may be dropped off in loading zone located on Markham in front of the Statehouse Convention Center Main Entrance (you are only permitted to drop off ONLY in this area, no parking). Handicapped seating will be reserved directly to the right of the graduates.
Note: The Convention Center does not provide wheelchairs.