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+ Campus notification: No Threat on Campus

There was no gunman on campus.

Statement from Arkansas State University:

Numerous first responders from the University Police Department, Jonesboro Police Department, Craighead County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas State Police and other law enforcement agencies worked swiftly and cooperatively this afternoon in response to what eventually turned out to be a false alarm on the campus.

Apparently students were filming a video project near the Union, and costumed actors were reported by other students to 911 as possible campus intruders. These students have been located and interviewed by University Police Officers. As a result, it has been confirmed that there was no gunman on campus.

The university immediately put a lockdown in place while the Union and surrounding areas were searched and cleared. The university’s text and email alert system was used to notify students about the situation.

Chancellor Tim Hudson, Vice Chancellor Rick Stripling, and other representatives of the university administration also responded to campus to assist in the crisis response. The university response plan worked perfectly as designed.

No injuries were reported, and normal campus operations have resumed.

The University Police Department will continue to closely monitor the campus this evening as a precautionary measure.

Chancellor Hudson expressed the university’s appreciation to all law enforcement personnel who responded so quickly to the perceived threat.

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Obtaining Your First Diploma

Congratulations on obtaining your degree from Arkansas State! Diplomas can be picked up immediately following the ceremony in the multipurpose rooms. No diploma will be issued before the ceremony has ended. There will be a reception following diploma distribution held in the upper level entrance behind the platform.

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Diplomas will be mailed only to out-of-town graduates who complete the online form.

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Replacement Diplomas

To obtain a replacement diploma, you must fill out the form below and submit it to the Registrar's Office. There is a $15 fee to obtain a replacement diploma. Diplomas cannot be scanned and/or mailed electronically.

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Replacement Minor Certificates

To obtain a replacement minor certificate, you must fill out our the form below and submit it to the Registrar's Office. There is a $15 fee to obtain a replacement certificate.

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If you require a diploma to be certified or apostilled, please note that this process is not immediate and we recommend that you allow sufficient time for processing. Here are the steps that you need to take for this process: 

  1. Request an official copy of your diploma.
  2. Request that this is notarized through the Office of Admissions, Records and Registration. Documents must be properly notarized by an Arkansas Notary Public or must bear the seal and signature of an Arkansas elected official.
  3. If you require this to be sent through for the Arkansas Apostille and Certification process (please note that EACH document will require a fee of $5 for a certification request and $10 for an apostille request), you will be required to send through all corresponding documentation to the following address: 

        1401 West Capitol Ave,
        Suite 250
        Little Rock, AR 72201 

For more details on the Arkansas Apostille and Certification process, please visit the following website: http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/BCS/Pages/apostilleCertification.aspx

Commencement Programs

The most recent graduation commencement programs are provided as a courtesy to our students.