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December Convocation

We hope the Convocation ceremony will be a special occasion for you, your family and friends. The College of Arts and Sciences Convocation is scheduled for 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at the Lloyd Noble Center.

Graduating candidates are to arrive at 5:30 p.m. to Lloyd Noble Center dressed in academic regalia. If you have yet to purchase your graduation regalia, you may still purchase it at the OU Bookstore located on the west side underneath the OU Stadium.

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 Party Pics and offered an opportunity to purchase these photographs.

All graduates are asked to return to their seats after receiving their diplomas and await the end of the ceremony before departing.

For additional information or accommodations on the basis of accessibility, contact the Academic Services Office at (405) 325-4411 or (405) 325-2828 or

Lloyd Noble Center Policies

All bags will be searched upon entry into The Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Lloyd Noble Center and the T. Howard McCasland Field House for Commencement and Convocations. Prohibited items must be returned to the owner's car or discarded. Any unlawful items are subject to confiscation, and the person in possession is subject to arrest.

Students and guests are asked to leave behind certain items that are prohibited because of security reasons. All who enter The Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium for Commencement, or the Lloyd Noble Center for Convocation are subject to search, as are all carried items.

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.

Other prohibited items include:

  • alcoholic and other beverages (empty water bottles will be allowed and water is available for purchase inside the stadium)
  • balloons
  • banners and signs
  • beach balls
  • explosives
  • fanny packs
  • food and beverages
  • folding chairs or stools
  • ice chests, coolers and other similar containers
  • hover boards
  • laser pointers
  • all noise makers (e.g., air horns, whistles)
  • pets (other than service animals)
  • personal heaters
  • selfie sticks
  • umbrellas
  • weapons

Items that are allowed for Commencement and Convocations only include stadium seats as described above, cameras and video cameras, baby strollers and baby seats.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Winter Convocation is set for 7 pm, Friday, Dec. 14 at the Lloyd Noble Center.

Commencement is the university-wide ceremony held each Spring 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. The College of Arts and Sciences Convocation 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.

No tickets are required for guests. Please ensure to have completed a graduation check with your College of Arts and Sciences Academic Counselor and to have submitted a graduation application.

To ensure that all graduates are appropriately recognized, guests are asked to remain seated throughout the ceremony. Guests will not be allowed on the floor of the arena for photographs until the ceremony has concluded. A professional photographer will be on hand to take photographs as graduates cross the stage. Photos may be purchased later through Party Pics of Norman.

Guests with mobility issues are encouraged to use the entrance at the southeast corner of the facility. Contact Paola Lopez for more information at

Given the large number of graduates we recognize at Convocation, we do not offer a rehearsal for students. Detailed instructions are included in your Convocation announcement and posted on the College's website.

Yes, your name will be called and a graduation photo will be taken at the college Convocation.

If you are an undergraduate or graduate and you have submitted an online graduation application with the OU Graduation Office, your name should be listed in the College Winter Convocation and university-wide Spring Commencement program. For a free copy of the OU Spring Commencement program, send your mailing information and the number of copies you would like receive to or call (405) 325-0841.

You will be given a card when you arrive on location on the day of convocation. 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.

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.