2017 Commencement
Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design
May 13, 2017  —  1 p.m.
Faulkner Performing Arts Center
453 N. Garland Ave. (located between the Arkansas Union and Silas Hunt Hall)


Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP
Executive Vice President and CEO
International Interior Design Association 
Chicago, Illinois

As the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Cheryl S. Durst oversees the strategic direction of the association and is committed to broad recognition for the value of design and its significant role in society. She manages a team of 25, leads the International Board of Directors, and directs all outreach and programmatic efforts, including more than a dozen annual global design awards programs. Under Durst’s leadership, IIDA advocates on behalf of the interior design profession and supports legislation that expands opportunities for commercial interior designers. She is also the creator of the innovative IIDA series, What Clients Want, which examines the designer/client relationship, and publisher of Perspective, the association’s thought-leadership journal.

Prior to Durst’s tenure at IIDA, she was the Director of Programs and Education with Merchandise Mart Properties in Washington, D.C. Durst’s industry experience also includes employment with Knoll, American Seating and Westinghouse Furniture Systems.

She holds dual bachelor degrees in print journalism and economics from Boston University, is a LEED-accredited Professional (LEED AP) and a member of the World Future Society, and firmly believes in the connection between place, history and human behavior, as well as the effect attitude, culture and design have on shared-space environments.

In recognition of her contributions to IIDA and the profession of design, Durst was awarded Honorary Fellowship by her International Board of Directors in 2009. In 2015, she was named one of Newcity’s Design 50, an annual list of influencers who promote and present design in Chicago. Interior Design magazine named Durst to its Hall of Fame in 2016. 


Standard student regalia is provided as part of the graduation application fee and distributed by the University Bookstore.

All degree candidates are to arrive dressed in their regalia no later than 12:30 p.m. Class of 2017 graduates may pick up regalia (gown, cap and tassel) in the University Bookstore during the times listed below. For more details (dates and times) please visit the University Bookstore website.

Pick up your cap and gown at the Bookstore on these dates.

  • May 10, 2017 — 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • May 11, 2017 — 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • May 12, 2017 — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • May 13, 2017 — 7:30 a.m. to noon

This is your last chance to pick up your cap and gown before graduation or make any last-minute exchanges for sizes.

Free parking is available in any unrestricted parking lot on campus. Download a map of all parking areas.

A professional photographer will be taking pictures during the awarding of diplomas and will contact you later to arrange for prints.

Please contact (479) 575-4945 if you have questions, concerns, or suggestions. For information on University Commencement, visit the Registrar's website.