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Message from the President

A message to the graduating class of 2020 from Interim President Joseph Harroz, Jr.

The University of Oklahoma Commencement Ceremony

This has been a challenging academic year in many ways, but the Class of 2020 has risen to the occasion. Celebrating your graduation will provide yet one more opportunity for you to show the world your resilience and perseverance!

As announced earlier, the May 8 and 9 in-person graduation ceremonies have been postponed, but we’re looking forward to celebrating your upcoming graduation from the University of Oklahoma by providing you multiple options to safely celebrate your academic accomplishments! You don’t have to choose just one option; you’re welcome to attend both the virtual ceremony and an in-person ceremony in August.

OU will hold a virtual ceremony at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 8.

What is a virtual ceremony?
A virtual ceremony has many of the same components of a live ceremony, which you and your guests will view online. During the ceremony, your name will be announced as your photo and degree are displayed. We encourage you to wear your cap, gown, and accessories for your photo submission. Additional information about the virtual ceremony is forthcoming.

What if I don’t want to participate in the virtual ceremony?
All May 2020 graduation candidates – whether you participate in the virtual ceremony or not –  may attend the rescheduled Spring 2020 graduation ceremonies, scheduled for Saturday, August 8, and Sunday, August 9, in the Lloyd Noble Center.

If you have any questions, please email

OU Graduation Services

OU will hold a virtual ceremony at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 8.

If you have any questions, please email

We look forward to celebrating with you in the near future!