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The purpose of the Graduation Office is to assist students in reaching their graduation goals. The staff of the Graduation Office work collaboratively with all areas of university life to increase opportunities for student achievement and to help students remove barriers they may encounter along their path to graduation.

Graduation Office Retention Initiatives

OU faculty and staff are invested in helping students achieve success. The University of Oklahoma continues to be among the nation's top universities in terms of gains in graduation rates. Graduation rates are calculated based on the percentage of students who enter the university as first time, full time (12 or more OU hours) students in a specific fall term and graduate from the university within six years.

The Graduation Office coordinates various initiatives aimed at impacting student success. Some of these initiatives are listed below.

Compass Network

Compass Network is an initiative aimed at helping students overcome barriers to their success at OU. Students work one-on-one with our staff to create an action plan to address the issue(s) impeding their success. Students should contact the Compass Network with any concern that they feel is getting in the way of their ability to create success.

Outreach Programs

The Outreach Team provides a variety of short-term and long-term services aimed at keeping students enrolled and engaged in the University of Oklahoma. The college experience is different for every student, therefore each program provides personalized, one-to-one contact with students. Learn more about all of our outreach programs including Residence Hall House Calls, Continuous Enrollment Call Campaign and Finish Sooner.


The OU MoneyCoach Program will assist students with personalized, effective financial planning, coaching and financial literacy strategies to help ensure healthy lifelong financial behaviors, continous enrollment and, ultimately, graduation from the University of Oklahoma.  

Sooner Success

The Sooner Success Program is an individualized program where graduation coaches meet regularly with students to discuss academic services on campus, goal setting, career and major choices, getting involved on campus, time management, study skills and more.  Coaches will continue to be a resource to their students throughout the student’s time at OU.

Class Experiences

Being engaged in and feeling connected to the University community are important aspects of being successful at OU. Thus, the Graduation Office works with several areas of campus to help create connection among our students through class branding.

Class Council began in the Fall of 2011 as a retention initiative to engage students in social opportuinites across the University of Oklahoma's campus. Class Council's collaboration with various on-campus organizations has facilitated peer-to-peer connections that allow students to find a sense of belonging within their class year and the university as a whole.

Graduation Planners

The OU Graduation Planner is the collective effort of many members throughout the University community. It is our hope that you will use this incredible resource as a guide to assist you in successfully navigating your way here at OU. The Graduation Planner was designed specifically to help students.


The student-driven initiative FINISH 15! encourages students to think about completing at least 15 hours a semester or 30 hours in an academic year (including intersession and summer school). By completing 15 hours a semester for eight semesters or 30 hours each year, a student can graduate in four years in a majority of OU degree programs. Taking just one class every summer allows many students to graduate one semester sooner than planned.

President's Graduation and Retention Task Force

The President's Graduation and Retention Task Force was created by President Boren to increase student success and persistence at OU. Executive Vice President and Vice President for Administration and Finance, Nick Hathaway, serves as chair of the task force. Faculty and staff who represent various areas of the campus also serve.

Graduation Ceremonies

Filled with pageantry, the Commencement ceremony is held in May to honor the summer, December and May graduates. Doctoral candidates are recognized individually, while master's and bachelor's candidates are recognized as a group.

Factbooks, posted by Institutional Research and Reporting,
contain retention and graduation rates (Section 2).

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