University of Arkansas commencement events will feature Bill Clinton, Rosanne Cash and Bobby Bones

Former President Bill Clinton, musician Rosanne Cash and radio personality Bobby Bones are among the well-known personalities who will appear at college opening events at the end of the spring semester in Arkansas.

Most colleges and universities in Arkansas will broadcast their launch events through their school websites, making the events available worldwide.

Here are some of the events in Arkansas:

At the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas, Clinton, 75, is scheduled to make an in-person appearance and deliver the keynote address to graduates of the school that bears her name.

A special element of this year’s UA Clinton School start is that 2020 graduates will also be recognized and given the opportunity to cross the stage. Their opening ceremony had been canceled due to the outbreak of the pandemic that spring.

Additionally, as part of its annual graduation giving tradition, the Clinton School will collect donations for the Brandon House Cultural and Performing Arts Center.

The debut — the first chaired by the school’s new dean, Victoria DeFrancesco Soto — is scheduled for 12 p.m. May 7 in the Wally Allen Ballroom, Statehouse Convention Center, 101 E. Markham St., Little Rock.

Arkansas State University will hold its debut on May 7 in Jonesboro.

Rosanne Cash, 66, daughter of Arkansas-born Johnny Cash, will receive an honorary doctorate. She was due to receive the honorary degree in 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic caused a delay.

In selecting Rosanne Cash for an honorary doctorate, the Arkansas State University Board of Trustees cited her work supporting the university’s heritage sites.

She is one of the family founders of the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival, which includes academic sessions related to the history, music, culture, and social impact of her father and the colony project.

Additionally, she is one of the founders of the Historic Dyess Colony & Johnny Cash Boyhood Home, which celebrates the work of the New Deal program that established farmers’ colonies across America during the Great Depression, as well as to document the formative years of his father and his family. .

ASU will continue a recent tradition – the swearing in of ROTC cadets – as part of the opening ceremony.

In addition to scheduled brief remarks from Rosanne Cash, speakers will include the winner of the Wilson Prize (awarded to a student at a ceremony on April 28).

The debut — scheduled for 10 a.m. at Centennial Bank Stadium on the ASU campus on May 7 — will mark Chancellor Kelly Damphousse’s last as ASU chancellor. He leaves at the end of the academic year to lead Texas State University.

Arkansas State University’s Queretaro Campus in Mexico will hold its debut on May 14 at its hall in the ASU Graduate Student Center at that campus.

The biggest launch events will be at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Bobby Estell, better known to listeners as Bobby Bones, will receive an honorary doctorate from AU on May 14.

Estell hosts a nationally broadcast radio show, “The Bobby Bones Show”. In 2017, he became the youngest inductee into the National Radio Hall of Fame. He has won awards from the Academy of Country Music. UA will award the honorary doctorate to Estell, 42, at its college commencement ceremony at Bud Walton Arena. Estell, 42, was born in Hot Springs and raised in Mountain Pine.

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