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Senior Walk Preservation

Raised toward our $15,000 Goal
231 Donors
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Project ended on March 30, at 11:59 PM CDT
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Today is day to go All in for Arkansas and Senior Walk

March 29, 2017

Dear Friends of Senior Walk,

Today is the final day of the Senior Walk Preservation initiative. Your support of this one-of-a-kind tradition is fundamental in providing the campus with the means for upholding this long-standing commemoration of U of A graduates.  Simply put, we couldn’t do it without you and we thank you!

Today marks 146 years since the University of Arkansas was founded in 1871. A milestone this important deserves an extra-special celebration, and that’s why faculty, staff and students all across campus are invited to join with alumni, parents and friends all around the world today by going All in for Arkansas.

The goal? To raise $187,100 in 1,871 minutes to support students and programs all across campus. Today you can support both the Senior Walk Initiative and All in for Arkansas at the same time! A gift of any size can make a difference and supports the university in a big way! 

Go to and you can participate in the U of A’s 2nd Annual Giving Day.

And what birthday is complete without cake – and a visit from Miss America 2017, our very own Savvy Shields. Join us on today, March 29th in the student union connections lounge between 1 – 3 p.m. for a fun filled party and let us treat you to a celebration of all the things that make the U of A spectacular!

Notable Names on Senior Walk

March 22, 2017

Thanks to everyone who has already made a donation to #SaveSeniorWalk! While it may be spring break, we’re not taking a break from helping our favorite U of A tradition.

Did you know that the University of Arkansas boasts quite a few notable names on the 5 miles of sidewalk that winds through campus?

Among the 170,000+ names engraved in Senior Walk—representing the hard work and dedication of each and every graduate—there are a few you might remember hearing. For instance, there are Olympic Gold Medal winners, like sprinter Veronica Campbell Brown (Class of 2006) or LPGA star Stacey Lewis (Class of 2008). And don’t forget the namesake of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, Senator J. William Fulbright, who can be found in years 1925 and again in 1947. Other notable politicians have graced our campus as well, like The Honorable David Pryor (class of 1957 and 1964), The Honorable Mark Pryor (class of 1985 and 1988) and Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (Class of 1975) . And, did you know that the world-renowned architect E. Fay Jones’ name appears in the class of 1950? Looking for Miss America? You can find Donna Axum Whitworth listed twice, graduating in 1966 and again in 1969.

In what year will your name be found?  Take a picture of Senior Walk and post it on social media to share your love for the one-of-a-kind tradition that is Senior Walk.

And remember, we just need 28 more donors to unlock $500, thanks to the generosity of the Saxon Family. Please help spread the word and encourage your friends and family to make a gift. ANY amount makes a difference as we join together to #SaveSeniorWalk!

Our First Senior Walk Challenge

March 10, 2017

The Saxon Family Challenge

If at least 100 gifts of any size are made to help preserve Senior Walk, the Saxon Family will contribute an additional $500 to the project. Every gift will help us reach our goal and unlock additional funds for our beloved tradition. 

Share on social media, make your gift today and #SaveSeniorWalk!

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In the Beginning

Senior Walk began in 1905 with a few brave students carving their names into the sidewalk, forever leaving their legacy.


Keep it Short

While there’s a 22-character limit for each graduate’s name on Senior Walk, there’s no limit to how many times a person’s name may appear. Advanced degree, anyone?


The Sand Hog

Carving and hand stamping names into cement was fun, but tedious. To speed up the annual addition of names to Senior Walk, the Sand Hog was invented in 1986 by U of A Physical Plant employees.


The Tradition Continues

In 1930, the university added slabs for all graduating classes prior to 1905. Today, Senior Walk boasts 140 years of proud University of Arkansas graduates.


The Long Walk

As enrollment has continued to grow in recent years, adding a single year of names on Senior Walk requires approximately 500 linear feet of cement.


Founding Year

Stemming from the federal Morrill Land Grant Act, the University of Arkansas became the state's first public university in 1871.