Planning for a graduation in ordinary times is a months-long process, and this year it has been complicated further as the university has planned around the pandemic and instituted safety protocols for this year's events. We're aware of the CDC's newly issued guidance, but we also know that in Oklahoma, the majority of individuals are still not yet fully vaccinated. In light of that, and because it is too late for OU to change its protocols for events of this scale, we will still strongly encourage mask wearing, particularly for those who are not fully vaccinated. We also understand and respect those fully vaccinated individuals who choose to follow the new CDC recommendations relative to masking during graduation activities. Following OU graduations, we will revisit the university's masking policy in light of the new CDC guidance.
To help alleviate parking congestion on Saturday, May 15, shuttle service is provided from Llyod Noble Center to stops on the east and west side of Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The shuttle begins two hours prior for the 8 a.m. ceremony and three hours prior for the 6:30 p.m. The shuttle will run two hours after the ceremonies have concluded.
February 4, 2021
For those of you who are planning to graduate this May, I write to announce our plans to honor the Classes of 2020 and 2021 at the University of Oklahoma. We look forward to hosting several in-person May Graduation Ceremonies for the Norman campus, slated for Friday, May 14, 2021, to Monday, May 17, 2021, in The Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Graduation plans for the OU Health Sciences Center and OU-Tulsa will be released soon.
Throughout our planning process, we have strived to balance our commitment to supporting the safety of our graduates and guests while also upholding the tradition of our ceremonies. Safety precautions have been at the forefront of all of our planning, and OU’s Chief COVID Officer, Dr. Dale Bratzler, has guided our decision-making with respect to public health and safety.
Each Norman campus degree-granting college has been assigned to a specific ceremony for space accommodation. Click here for a breakdown of graduation ceremonies. Registration will be required for graduates. Once graduates have registered, we will determine how many guests each graduate may bring. Tickets will be required for graduates and their guests. Additional information about registration and Graduation Gear-Up is forthcoming from University Events.
An outdoor venue is the best option with respect to your safety and that of your guests. In the event of inclement weather, our first attempt will be to delay the ceremony to later the same day. If that is not possible, we will hold a graduate-only ceremony in the Lloyd Noble Center. We will not be able to accommodate guests if we move the ceremony indoors to the Lloyd Noble Center. All ceremonies will be livestreamed for those who are unable to attend, or who have health concerns and wish not to attend in person.
To help protect everyone in attendance, we will implement various safety measures, including physical distancing of graduates and guests, and a requirement to wear face masks.
This past year has been unforgettable in nearly every way imaginable. Your resiliency in the face of a global pandemic is nothing short of extraordinary. We look forward to watching each of you cross the stage as we gather in celebration of the OU Classes of 2020 and 2021.
Live On, University,
Joseph Harroz, Jr.
As a member, you join the ranks of Sooners who demonstrate their dedication and commitment to the University. Being a member of the OU Alumni Association will identify you as an individual who is dedicated to maintaining Sooner Excellence.