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OU to Honor the Class of 2022 During 130th Commencement Ceremony

OU to Honor the Class of 2022 During 130th Commencement Ceremony

May 05, 2022

The University of Oklahoma will honor the achievements of the Class of 2022 during its 130th Commencement ceremony, to be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13, at The Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, 190 W. Brooks St. A time-honored tradition filled with pageantry, graduates and guests will be welcomed by the Kiowa Black Leggings Society and the Pipes and Drums of the Highlanders.

Bestselling author and New York Times columnist David Brooks will serve as OU’s 2022 Commencement speaker, and the university will present honorary degrees to five outstanding individuals.

A pre-Commencement concert begins at 6:20 p.m., and the processional of the president’s platform party, faculty and doctoral graduates to the stadium begins at 7 p.m., with music provided by the University Commencement Choir and Band. Flags representing OU’s international and Native American communities will be displayed during the ceremony.

The ceremony will feature the official conferring of degrees by OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. During the ceremony, OU expects to confer degrees to 10,264 students who completed their coursework during the spring 2022 semester, as well as summer and December 2021 graduates. This year, OU will award approximately 6,483 bachelor’s degrees, 2,301 master’s degrees, 383 doctoral degrees, 1,053 professional degrees and 44 college-level certificates.

The ceremony will conclude with a fireworks display as a salute to the Class of 2022. This year’s Commencement ceremony will also be available for livestreaming at

Stadium gates will open at 5 p.m., and guests will be seated in upper sections 2-5 and 32-35. Doctoral candidates should enter the stadium through Gate 7 and master’s candidates, undergraduates and guests should enter through Gates 2, 7, 9, 11, 12 or 13. Sign language interpreting services for guests who are deaf or hard of hearing will be available in section 32, and captioning will be available on the south screen. Gate 9 is the preferred accessibility entrance for guests who need special accommodations. To obtain accessibility parking and seating passes, guests should complete this form

Parking is avaialble for guests and graduates in the Jenkins Avenue Parking Facility, Asp Avenue Parking Facility and the Duck Pond Parking Lot. Parking will also be available at the Lloyd Noble Center, 2900 S. Jenkins Ave. Shuttles from the Lloyd Noble Center to the stadium will run from 4 to 10 p.m.

Accessible parking is located immediately east of The Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and can be accessed from Brooks Street. Commencement ushers will be available before and after the ceremony with wheelchairs and golf carts to assist guests with accessible needs. To obtain accessibility parking and seating passes, guests should complete this form.

To protect guests and graduates as they walk to the stadium, Jenkins Avenue will be closed from Brooks Street to Lindsey Avenue beginning at 3:30 p.m.


In an effort to make graduation weekend as safe as possible, the following security procedures will be in place.

All guests and graduates will pass through a security screening before entry to the graduation venue, with medical lanes for those who require alternate screening methods.

The clear bag policy is also in effect. The approved clear plastic bag size is a maximum of 12 inches x 6 inches x 12 inches or a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag. The policy will allow non-transparent clutch purses that are no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. No other bags or purses, including diaper bags, will be permitted. The limit on bags is one per person. All carried-in items, including bags that are necessary for medical equipment, will be searched by security personnel prior to entering the venue.

Express lanes will be available for those who do not bring bags to the venue.

Items that are allowed for graduation ceremonies include:

  • Clear plastic bags (1 per person) no larger than 12" x 6" x 12" 
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (1 per person) 
  • Non-transparent clutch purses no larger than 4.5" x 6.5" (1 per person)
  • Bags necessary for approved medical equipment 
  • Approved family care items (diapers, formula, etc.) must be in a clear plastic bag 
  • Empty, clear plastic water bottles less than 17 oz. 
  • Seat cushions and chair backs smaller than 16" wide and without frames or armrests
  • Still photography cameras
  • Video cameras

Prohibited items must be returned to the owner’s car or discarded, and any unlawful items are subject to confiscation.

  • Alcohol (in all forms)
  • Baby seats
  • Baby strollers
  • Backpacks, camera bags, diaper bags, fanny packs, purses or binocular cases
  • Balloons
  • Banners/signs
  • Beach balls, footballs, balls or other sporting equipment
  • Coolers, containers or ice chests
  • Explosives, firearms or weapons
  • Folding chairs or stools
  • Food or drink
  • Gift-wrapped packages
  • Laptops
  • Laser pointers
  • Noise makers of any type (i.e., air horns, plastic horns, whistles, etc.)
  • Personal heaters
  • Pets (with the exception of registered service dogs)
  • Selfie sticks, bi pods, monopods, etc.
  • Umbrellas

Guests also are reminded that all OU facilities are tobacco, electronic cigarette and vaping device-free. The use of all tobacco products including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes and vaping devices is prohibited anywhere on the OU grounds or campus.


In the event of severe weather, Commencement will be moved to Lloyd Noble Center, 2900 S. Jenkins Ave. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. For additional information on Commencement and the inclement weather plan, visit

For more information on OU’s May graduation ceremonies, visit or email

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