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Celebrating Online Graduates in Arkansas

The University of Arkansas is passionate about our land-grant mission to serve our home state and its people. In May 2022, more than 440 U of A students graduated from online degree programs. Some walked in commencement in Fayetteville; some did not. In a symbolic gesture, the U of A Global Campus launched the Razorbug Diploma Tour in the summer of 2022 and delivered framed diplomas to 16 graduates living and working in rural Arkansas. This tour celebrated the diversity of the great state of Arkansas and the U of A's commitment to serving students across the state, including those who cannot come to Fayetteville because of job or family obligations.


Featured in the Spring 2023 issue of Arkansas, the Arkansas Alumni Association's magazine.

Map of Arkansas with Razorbug Tour Routes

Gabrielle Patterson

Gabrielle Patterson

  Hope, AR

Gabrielle's Story


"I enjoy online learning as well as teaching online,” said Patterson, who teaches both face-to-face and online courses for U of A Hope-Texarkana. “This is why the online M.Ed. program suited me.

Dakotah Cooper

Dakotah Cooper

  Magnolia, AR

Dakotah's Story


"This is a cool experience, I didn't get a chance to walk at graduation, so to still be presented my diploma is cool."

Austin Kersey

Austin Kersey

  El Dorado, AR

Austin's Story


"Not only am I a University of Arkansas graduate now, I'm a diehard Razorback fan."

Lori Ragan

Lori Ragan

  El Dorado, AR

Lori's Story


"I was encouraged by my current manager to return to school and complete my bachelor's degree so that I may have many more opportunities in the future."

Star Lowrey-LaGrone

Star Lowrey-LaGrone

  Fort Smith, AR

Star's Story


"It's important to find a program that you'll be comfortable with, where there is a lot of support from the faculty."

Trey Jenkins

Trey Jenkins

  Fort Smith, AR

Trey's Story


"I felt driven to do it. I was so close when I left. When I was young, I let other things take priority, but I know it's never too late."

Alexandra Lemp

Alexandra Lemp

  Fort Smith, AR

Alexandra's Story


"My professors were fantastic, especially Christy Smith (teaching assistant professor). They were encouraging and accommodating."

Jason Rose

Jason Rose

  Fort Smith, AR

Jason's Story


"I learned something in each class that I could use the next day in my job."

Leanita Pelts

Leanita Pelts

  Clarksville, AR

Leanita's Story


"It meant a lot to me (to earn the degree online) because I've always wanted to continue my education."

Willee Joe Brown

Isaac Brown

  Booneville, AR

Isaac's Story


"I was able, with my family's help, to focus in the evenings and weekends on the work I needed to do."

Ally Cox

Ally Cox

  Pocahontas, AR

Ally's Story

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"A lot of programs in person I wouldn't be able to do. This program I could do after work and on weekends."

John Kelly

John Kelly

  Brookland, AR

John's Story


"I wanted my children to be able to see me with a book in my hand, but not necessarily a laptop so I made sure I did most of my coursework in the evenings when they were asleep and balanced the sleep schedule in accordance to the workload that goes on."

Anginay Jones

Anginay Jones

  Earle, AR

Anginay's Story

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"For me, I'm addicted to being better and doing better and wanting more. I want promotions at jobs and being able to be in these different places and know what's going on in these different roles."

Tina Foster

Tina Foster

  Trumann, AR

Tina's Story

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"Doing the master's program was a way to meet other educators, to get more ideas, more ways to do things that make more sense."

Jacob Qualls

Jacob Qualls

  DeWitt, AR

Jacob's Story

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"Having that master's program in kinesiology and physical education, I felt like benefited me the most in the long run."

Tiffany Trotter

Tiffany Trotter

  McGehee, AR

Tiffany's Story

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"I believe in furthering my education to continue to have that knowledge of what's going on because medicine continues to change."



Map of Arkansas Counties

43
Counties Visited

1,997
Miles Traveled

14
Days of Presenting


About the Razorbug

What is it?
The Razorbug is a conversion car, starting with a red Volkswagen Beetle and adding a Razorback's snout, tail and razor-edged spine to the original body.

When: Created in 2005

Owner: Office of Admissions

Purpose: Recruiting students and celebrating events

What’s it like to drive the Razorbug?
Fun! It is like traveling with a celebrity. People love to have their photos taken with this red-hot, four-wheeled mascot.

Presenters

 

Sarah Bemis
Eleanor Mann School of Nursing
College of Education and Health Professions

  El Dorado

Ed Bengtson
College of Education and Health Professions

  Fort Smith
  Clarksville

Jan Emory
Eleanor Mann School of Nursing
College of Education and Health Professions

  Fort Smith

Michael Hevel
College of Education and Health Professions

  Brookland
  Hope

Ginger Holloway
Eleanor Mann School of Nursing
College of Education and Health Professions

  Pocahontas

Jack Kern
College of Education and Health Professions

  DeWitt

Roy McCann
College of Engineering

  Booneville

Patty Milner
Global Campus

  McGehee

Mandel Samuels
College of Education and Health Professions

  El Dorado

Renee Speight
College of Education and Health Professions

  Trumann

Megan Whobrey
College of Engineering

  Fort Smith
  Magnolia
  Earle

Matt Willingham
Sam M. Walton College of Business

  Fort Smith

Collaborators

 

Academic Colleges:

Presented the diplomas

Office of Admissions:

Loaned us the Razorbug for three weeks

Office of the Registrar:

Printed diplomas

U of A Bookstore:

Ordered the diploma frames

Photos:

Mandy Marcum, Penny Chanler, Meredith Mashburn and Global Campus staff

University Relations:

Helped promote the tour

Video:

Amy Sandefur Productions and Luke Gramlich from Global Campus

Global Campus:

Multiple Teams: Graduation data, travel arrangements, media production, information technology



12
Academic Presenters

16
Diplomas Delivered


14
Regional Newspapers

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Heat Index