University of Oklahoma Announces College Convocations and Commencements
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CONTACT: OU Public Affairs, 325-1701
NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma has announced its lineup of individual college convocations and other end-of-year academic ceremonies.
OU previously announced that Fareed Zakaria, one of the nation’s leading critical thinkers who serves as editor-at-large of TIME and as a Washington Post columnist, will deliver OU’s university-wide Commencement address on Friday, May 10. Zakaria will receive an honorary degree at the 7 p.m. ceremony in The Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, 180 W. Brooks St.
Commencement is the ceremony where degrees are officially conferred. Filled with pageantry, it is the time for all 2012-13 graduates to celebrate the culmination of their time at OU. Doctoral degree candidates are recognized during this time.
At the individual college convocations, all other graduates will be recognized, have their pictures taken and their diplomas presented by their dean. Unless otherwise noted, all convocations will be held Saturday, May 11. Some events require tickets and/or have participation restrictions; for details and the most up-to-date information, please visit www.ou.edu/content/commencement/convocations_receptions/spring_convocation.html.
College of Allied Health Convocation
1 p.m.,T. Howard McCasland Field House, 151 West Brooks St. Reception set before the ceremony, at 10:30 a.m., Molly Shi Boren Ballroom, Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp Ave. Carol Clure, 271-6588 or email@example.com; www.ah.ouhsc.edu.
College of Architecture Convocation
4 p.m., Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center, 500 West Boyd St. Reception immediately following, Buskuhl Galley, 130 Gould Hall, 830 Van Vleet Oval. Laura Stone, 325-9481 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
College of Arts and Sciences Convocation
College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences Convocation
7 p.m., Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center. Reception immediately following, Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, 2401 Chautauqua Ave. Mary Anne Hempe, 325-3095 or email@example.com.
Aviation Undergraduate Programs
Candidates will be recognized during the Michael F. Price College of Business Convocation listed below. Informal reception for Aviation Graduates and their guests to be held immediately prior, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Max Westheimer Airport, 1700 Lexington St. Shelly Ainsworth, 325-6033 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael F. Price College of Business Convocation
4:30 p.m., Lloyd Noble Center Reception immediately following, Chesapeake Energy Courtside Club, Lloyd Noble Center. Alisa Tillman, 325-8024 or email@example.com
College of Dentistry Commencement
2 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 131 NW 4th St., Oklahoma City. Carla Lawson, 271-5444 or Carlafirstname.lastname@example.org.
College of Dentistry Dental Hygiene Convocation
10 a.m., First United Methodist Church, Oklahoma City. Reception immediately following, First United Methodist Church. Kristy Jurko, 271-4435 or email@example.com.
Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy Convocation
6:30 p.m., T. Howard McCasland Field House. Reception immediately following, Molly Shi Boren Ballroom, Oklahoma Memorial Union. Linda Goeringer, 325-4005 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Convocation
3:30 p.m., T. Howard McCasland Field House. Reception immediately following, 820 Van Vleet Oval. Christine Frank, 325-4844 or email@example.com.
College of Engineering Convocation
Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts Convocation
10 a.m., Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center. Jane Custar, 325-7370 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
College of International Studies Convocation
2 p.m., Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center, 560 Parrington Oval. Reception immediately following, Molly Shi Boren Ballroom, Oklahoma Memorial Union. Tracy Holloway, 325-1429 or email@example.com.
Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication Convocation
10 a.m., T. Howard McCasland Field House. Reception immediately following, Gaylord Hall, 395 West Lindsey St. Kathy Sawyer, 325-5226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
College of Law Convocation
10:30 a.m., Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker, Oklahoma City. Reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 10, second-floor atrium, College of Law, 300 W. Timberdell Road. Deborah Case, 325-4729 or email@example.com.
College of Liberal Studies Convocation
1:30 p.m., Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center. Missy Mitchell, 325-2823 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
College of Medicine Commencement
10 a.m., Saturday, May 25, Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker, Oklahoma City. The College of Medicine Alumni Association will host a reception at 11:30 a.m. at the Civic Center. James F. Albertson, 271-2316 or email@example.com.
College of Medicine Graduate Student Convocation
2 p.m., 170 David L. Boren Student Union, 1106 N. Stonewall Ave., Oklahoma City. Reception immediately following, David L. Boren Student Union, David L. Boren Lounge, Room 302. Karen Bentley, 271-2085 or Karenfirstname.lastname@example.org.
College of Nursing Convocation
1:30 p.m., Lloyd Noble Center. Margaret A. Robinson, 271-2428, Ext. 49130, or Margaret-A-Robinson@ouhsc.edu.
College of Pharmacy Commencement
10 a.m., Saturday, June 1, Civic Center Music Hall. Darla Puckett, 271-6598 or email@example.com.
College of Public Health Convocation
2 p.m., Meacham Auditorium, Oklahoma Memorial Union. Reception immediately following, Beaird Lounge, Oklahoma Memorial Union. Robin Howell, 271-2308 or Robinfirstname.lastname@example.org.
7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, Donald W. Reynolds Center at Tulsa University, 3208 E 8th St., Tulsa. Tracy Kennedy, (918) 660-3316 or email@example.com.
Receptions and Recognition Ceremonies
Advanced Programs Graduation Reception
3–5 p.m. Friday, May 10, Conference Room A, College of Continuing Education Forum Building, 1704 Asp Ave. Joanne Braunbeck, 325-0133 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
African American Academic Achievement Celebration
4 p.m. Friday, May 10, Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center. Brandon Oldham, 325-3163 or email@example.com.
American Indian Academic Achievement Celebration
3:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, Jim Thorpe Multicultural Center. Reception immediately following, same location. Lindy Waters, 325-1468 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Honors College Graduation Breakfast
8:30 –10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, David L. Boren Hall, 1300 Asp Ave. Kelsey Lunsford, 325-5291 or email@example.com.
Phi Beta Kappa Initiation
3 p.m. Friday, May 10, Meacham Auditorium, Oklahoma Memorial Union. Reception immediately following, Beaird Lounge, Oklahoma Memorial Union. Lynne Levy, 325-6702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student-Athlete Graduation Reception
3:30-5 p.m. Friday, May 10, Lloyd Noble Center Courtside Club. Terri Moyer, 325-8397 or email@example.com
1-3 p.m. Friday, May 10, Stephenson Research and Technology Center, 120 David L. Boren Blvd. Diana Beal, 325-7715 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Air Force ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
10 a.m. Friday, May 10, Meacham Auditorium, Oklahoma Memorial Union. Reception immediately following in the union’s Frontier Room. Tori Lamoureux, 325-3211 or AFROTC@ou.edu.
Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
1 p.m. Friday, May 10, Meacham Auditorium, Oklahoma Memorial Union. Reception immediately following in the Armory. Lt. Simenson, 325-3012 or email@example.com.
Naval ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
10 a.m. Friday, May 10, Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center. Reception immediately following, Lissa and Cy Wagner Hall, 1005 Asp Ave. Julie Dahlgren, 325-2021 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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