On May 11, the University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences celebrated the achievements of its graduating students in record fashion.
In all, more than 2,000 students were eligible to graduate, including a record 507 undergraduates who did so with distinction, special distinction or a 4.0 GPA.
In recent years, College of Arts and Sciences convocations have reached facility capacity levels as a result of the work we have done to achieve all-time record-high freshman-to-sophomore retention rates. As our college enrollment grew to an all-time high of more than 10,000 students, it became necessary for the college to hold two ceremonies to honor our students. Starting last year, our college met with the Graduation Office, the Graduate College, all university convocation coordinators and City of Norman safety officials to coordinate our ceremonies.
The college began the weekend with the annual Spring Doctoral Reception Friday evening. A crowd of more than 100, which included candidates and their guests, gathered in the Dale Hall Tower Community Room prior to OU’s commencement ceremony.
On Saturday, the college proudly partnered with the Graduate College to hold the first-ever convocation for master’s students. Not only was each graduate individually announced, but all were also recognized individually with a hooding symbolizing the attainment of advanced mastery in their respective fields.
Following the master’s convocation, the college held the largest undergraduate convocation in OU’s history. In all, more than 1,400 undergraduate students were awarded their diploma.
The college appreciates the patience and enthusiasm of all who attended our convocation events to joyfully acknowledge the work of our students. We also appreciate the time and efforts of our faculty and staff who were dedicated to creating a monumental event.
The college extends sincere congratulations to the Class of 2019. The entire OU College of Arts and Sciences community is very proud of you.