Clerical Error Leads to Missing Names on UA Sidewalk

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The University of Arkansas will redo its Senior Walk Class 2012 after an administrative error left out 324 names.

Dave Dawson, associate vice provost for enrollment services, said one student noticed her name wasn't engraved on the sidewalk when they were in the stencil stage.

"These were clerical errors based on our moving transition from a paper based process to an online process for graduation," Dawson said.

Senior Walk is a tradition dating back to 1876 and the section where the error occurred in on the corner of Dickson Street near the Greek Theater.

The Class of 2012 had around 4,500 graduates.

"We're going to halt on this sidewalk and they will relay it and put the names in the correct order and hopefully make everyone happy," Dawson said.

Students said Senior Walk honors their time there and places a stamp in that important part of their lives.

"It's a nice way the university gives back to their students," said Colin Hayes, a history major.

Cole Kennedy, a finance major, said, "You definitely want your name on here because you want that history."

The engraving process will start soon. Crews will spread fresh concrete so the names can be placed in alphabetical order.

"I feel like it's a big deal but if they go ahead and fix it should alright as long as they get their names on the walk," said freshman Ben Lanier.

It will cost the university an extra $75,000 to re-do the names.

"It's a very important tradition and again we want to make sure we get it right,” Dawson said.

The project should be complete by August 2013.

May 2013 graduates can expect their names to be added to the sidewalk in the spring or summer of 2014.

University officials said it costs about $350,000 to engrave each graduating class.


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