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May Convocation

Congratulations on the eve of having earned a degree through the University of Oklahoma’s College of Arts and Sciences! We hope the Commencement and Convocation ceremonies will be special occasions for you, your family and friends.

Commencement

The University of Oklahoma Commencement will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, May 8, 2020, in the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, 180 West Brooks Street. Live streaming of Commencement is available at this website. For more information about the University's Commencement, visit the Commencement website by clicking here.

Commencement Info

Convocation

The College of Arts and Sciences will have two ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, May 9,  2020, at the Lloyd Noble Center, 2900 Jenkins Avenue.

The College of Arts and Sciences Master's Convocation will begin at 2 p.m. (masters graduates are asked to arrive at 1 p.m.).

The College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Convocation for students receiving their undergraduate degrees will begin at 5:30 p.m. (graduates are asked to arrive at 4:30 p.m.). 

A live stream of the ceremonies will be available and details will be announced at a later date. 

At both ceremonies our graduates will have their names read and professional photographs taken while crossing the stage and shaking hands with the dean. Graduates will later be contacted by Party Pics and offered an opportunity to purchase these photographs.

For the College of Arts and Sciences Convocations, graduates should report to the practice basketball courts, located on the south side of Lloyd Noble Center. See the map at the bottom of this page. All graduates will enter through the South tunnel and line up in the Lloyd Noble Center practice gym. Look for your department banner in the practice court and line up behind the departmental faculty. While you are in line, you will complete a color-coded card distributed by the staff. The announcers will use these cards to read your name during the ceremony. The processional will begin promptly.

Graduates and guests are asked to remain in their seats until closing remarks have been made.

ADA seating at the Lloyd Noble Center (LNC) is available on a first-come, first-served basis in designated areas on the north, east and west sides of the middle concourse and at W6 and W7 on the upper concourse. Non-wheelchair seating can be found on the last rows of LW6-LN3 and LE2-LN6 or the last row of any upper lever seating section. ADA guests are encouraged to enter LNC through the southeast entrance.

 

Security Information

Security Information

To assist with making graduation weekend safe and enjoyable, please note the following safety procedures are in place for all College Convocations and the University-wide Commencement ceremony.

It is recommended that guests allow extra time for entry. Metal detectors will be located at the main entrances to each venue. Guests will empty cell phones , keys and metal objects larger than keys from their pockets before screening. Medical lanes will be available for guests who require alternate screening methods.

Carry-In and Clear Bag Policy

All carried-in items will be searched by security personnel prior to entering the venues. Only those items for medical needs plus empty, clear personal-sized containers suitable for drinking water are permitted. Prohibited items must be returned to the owner's vehicle or discarded. Items left at the entrance will be discarded. Any unlawful items are subject to confiscation, and the person in possession of such items is subject to arrest. It is still illegal to carry any gun on OU campuses and clinics.

Permitted Items

  • 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
  • Umbrellas

Prohibited Items

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 (except in the event of relocation to Lloyd Noble Center)

Security officers will search all bags before attendees will be permitted to enter. Those with prohibited items will be asked to return items to their car.

Frequently Asked Questions

Commencement is the university-wide ceremony 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. Filled with pageantry, it is the time for graduates to celebrate the culmination of their time at OU.  

The College of Arts and Sciences Convocation, held at Lloyd Noble Center, 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.

Neither tickets nor reservations are needed for Commencement or Convocation.

Marked handicapped parking is available on the southeast side of the Lloyd Noble Center parking lot, and the best entrance to use to the building is at the lower southeast corner, near the Chesapeake Energy Courtside Club. Once inside the building, there will be greeters who will help direct you. Seating for guests in wheelchairs and their attendants is available on top level of Lloyd Noble Arena on a first come/first serve basis.

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

Your name will be called and a graduation photo will be taken at the college Convocation. Only doctoral graduates will have their name called and photograph taken at the Commencement ceremony. To view photos of graduates receiving their diploma, go to www.normanpartypics.com, click ‘View My Proofs’ button and then the ‘Graduation’ button.

Photography by Party Pics – (405) 364-1777, partypicsoklahoma@candid.com.

If you are an undergraduate and you have completed a graduation application on ONE by mid-April, 2020, your name should be listed in the university-wide Commencement program. If you are a graduate student and you have filed a graduation application with the Graduate College, your name should be listed in the university-wide Commencement program.

We do not have a separate college Convocation program.

For a free copy of the University of Oklahoma May Commencement program, send your mailing information and the number of copies you would like receive to graduatesooner@ou.edu or call (405) 325-0841.

You will be given a card when you arrive on location on May 9. 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.

We recommend that you plan on participating in both events to celebrate your academic success! You've worked hard to achieve this level of success and we recommend you plan on attending both the university-wide Commencement and the college Convocation. This is your time to celebrate this significant mile-marker with friends and family!

Please include your full title on your name card, so that we may acknowledge your service to our country.

We recommend walking with your highest degree, such as your master's degree.