Congratulations on the eve of having earned a degree through the University of Oklahoma’s College of Arts and Sciences! We hope the Commencement and Convocation ceremonies will be special occasions for you, your family and friends.
The University of Oklahoma Commencement will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, May 11, 2018, in the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, 180 West Brooks Street. Live streaming of Commencement is available at this website. For more information about the University's Commencement, visit the Commencement website by clicking here.
The College of Arts and Sciences Convocation is scheduled for 9 a.m., Saturday, May 12, 2018, at the Lloyd Noble Center, 2900 Jenkins Avenue.
Graduates are encouraged to submit family-friendly photos for inclusion in the pre-convocation slide show. Email pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are happy to share that we will have a live stream of the College of Arts & Sciences Convocation ceremony beginning at 9:00 a.m. (CDT). Forward this link to any friends and family who are not able to attend in person.
Entry doors open to the public at 8 a.m. Graduates need to be at the LNC no later than 8 a.m.
During the ceremony, graduates will have their names read and photographs taken while crossing the stage and shaking hands with the dean and the department chair or school director. Graduates will later be contacted by Graduation Photo and offered an opportunity to purchase these photographs.
For the College of Arts and Sciences Convocation, graduates should report to the practice basketball courts, located on the south side of Lloyd Noble Center. To see a map of the building, see the map at the bottom of this page. THE SOUTH RAMP IS CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION. Please enter through the southeast or southwest doors that lead to the stadium clubs. Head down the stairs to the practice gyms to line up. Look for your department banner in the practice court and line up behind the departmental faculty, with graduate students first, followed by bachelor’s students. While you are in line, you will complete color-coded cards distributed by the staff. The announcers will use these cards to read your name during the ceremony. The processional will begin promptly.
The ceremony will last approximately two hours and graduates and guests are asked to remain in their seats until closing remarks have been made.
ADA seating at the Lloyd Noble Center (LNC) is available on a first-come, first-serve basis in designated areas on the north, east and west sides of the middle concourse and at W6 and W7 on the upper concourse. Non-wheelchair seating can be found on the last rows of LW6-LN3 and LE2-LN6 or the last row of any upper lever seating section. ADA guests are encouraged to enter LNC through the southeast entrance.
To assist with making graduation weekend safe and enjoyable, please note the following safety procedures are in place for all convocations and the university-wide commencement ceremony.
All bags are subject to search by security personnel, including purses, camera cases and diaper bags.
Except for items pertaining to medical conditions or child care, all bags, backpacks, large cases for binoculars or other items, fanny packs and large purses (larger than 10-inch-by-10-inch) are prohibited. Prohibited items must be returned to the owner’s car or discarded, and any unlawful items are subject to confiscation.
- alcoholic and other beverages
- banners and signs
- beach balls
- fanny packs
- food and beverages
- folding chairs or stools*
- gift-wrapped packages
- ice chests, coolers and similar containers
- hover boards
- laser pointers
- all noise makers (e.g. airhorns, whistles)
- pets (other than service animals)
- personal heaters
- selfie sticks
Security officers will search all bags before attendees will be permitted to enter. Those with prohibited items will be turned away.
*Stadium seats with armrests and NO pockets are allowed. Stadium seats will be available for rental ($10 each).
Admissible for Commencement and Convocations only: Baby Seats, Baby Strollers, Still Photography Cameras and Video Cameras.
Admissible only for Commencement if re-located due to inclement weather: umbrellas.
Frequently Asked Questions
Commencement is the university-wide ceremony that recognizes all bachelors, masters, and doctoral graduates from all of the Norman campus colleges. Each of the college's bachelor and master students are presented by the dean of the college to the President of the University as a group, with the request to grant them their degrees. Only the doctoral graduates receive individual recognition at the university-wide Commencement ceremony. Filled with pageantry, it is the time for graduates to celebrate the culmination of their time at OU. President Boren will address the graduates, and the Commencement speaker will offer remarks.
The College of Arts and Sciences Convocation, held at Lloyd Noble Center, individually recognizes each baccalaureate and masters graduate. Each student’s name is read by an announcer, he or she is congratulated by the dean, and an official graduation photo is taken.
Neither tickets nor reservations are needed for Commencement or Convocation.
Marked handicapped parking is available on the southeast side of the Lloyd Noble Center parking lot, and the best entrance to use to the building is at the lower southeast corner, near the Chesapeake Energy Courtside Club. Once inside the building, there will be greeters who will help direct you. Seating for guests in wheelchairs and their attendants is available on top level of Lloyd Noble Arena on a first come/first serve basis.
Given the large number of graduates we recognize at Convocation, we do not offer a rehearsal for students. Detailed instructions are included in your Commencement and Convocation announcement and posted on the College's website.
Your name will be called and a graduation photo will be taken at the college Convocation. Only doctoral graduates will have their name called and photograph taken at the Commencement ceremony. To view photos of graduates receiving their diploma, go to www.normanpartypics.com, click ‘View My Proofs’ button and then the ‘Graduation’ button.
Photography by Party Pics – (405) 364-1777, email@example.com.
If you are an undergraduate and you have completed a graduation application on ONE by April 1, 2018, your name should be listed in the university-wide Commencement program. If you are a graduate student and you have filed a graduation application with the Graduate College, your name should be listed in the university-wide Commencement program.
We do not have a separate college Convocation program.
For a free copy of the University of Oklahoma May Commencement program, send your mailing information and the number of copies you would like receive to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (405) 325-0841.
You will be given a card when you arrive on location on May 12. You will write your name on that card, as you want it to be announced, provide your permanent mailing address, and your degree and department. As you approach the stage, you will hand the card to the announcer, who will read your name as you cross the stage and are congratulated by your department chair and the deans. The card will then be given to the photographers so they can notify you when your photos are ready for viewing.
We recommend that you plan on participating in both events to celebrate your academic success! You've worked hard to achieve this level of success and we recommend you plan on attending both the university-wide Commencement and the college Convocation. This is your time to celebrate this significant mile-marker with friends and family!
You will need to wear a cap and gown to participate in either the Commencement ceremony or the Convocation ceremony. These may be purchased by contacting the OU Bookstore at (405) 325-3511
Graduates with two majors may walk with both departments. For instance, if you have a History and a Biology degree, you may first walk with History, then circle back around to walk with Biology. Please have TWO cards in hand.
Please include your full title on your name card, so that we may acknowledge your service to our country.
We recommend walking with your highest degree, such as your master's degree.